The Golf Course
Designed in 1908 by Thomas Bendelow, the Audubon Country Club golf course has been regarded as one of the finest championship golf courses in the region for more than a century. The golf course features tree lined zoysia fairways and bentgrass putting greens and measures just over 6,800 yards from the championship tees. Recent updates by local architect, Spencer Holt, have kept the course current in its presentation.
Lifetime home to hall of famers Pee Wee Reese and Paul Hornung, Audubon has entertained public figures like Bobby Jones, Bing Crosby, Happy Chandler, Walter Hagen, Babe Zaharias and Carol Channing in its storied past. In recent years, Audubon has been the frequent host of the Kentucky Open, Kentucky State Amateur, Kentucky Senior Amateur and KGA Mid-Amateur state championships. With its natural setting, close proximity to downtown as well as the University of Louisville and other Louisville landmarks, Audubon is the perfect country club home for golfers of all ages and ability levels.
Head Golf Professional
Eric Gilliland has been the Head PGA Professional at Audubon Country Club since 1999. A graduate of Centre College, Eric served Audubon as an Assistant Professional from 1994 to 1996 and was the Head Golf Professional at Oxmoor Country Club from 1996 to 1999. Eric has been an active member of the Kentucky PGA, serving on its Board of Directors and numerous committees. He was recognized as KPGA Golf Professional of the Year in 2004, and Merchandiser of the Year in 2002, 2013 and 2014. Eric also won the Horton Smith Award in 2008 and the Bill Strausbaugh Award in both 2005 and 2010.
Golf Course Superintendent
John Ballard began his career at Audubon Country Club in 1998. He is a graduate of The University of Tennessee and has managed golf courses at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, TN; the Club at Cordillera in Edwards, CO; and Pinehurst National, presently known as Pinehurst No. 9 in Pinehurst, NC. This diverse course experience has enabled John to elevate Audubon as one of the premier courses in the region. He has successfully navigated the club through several renovation projects, including a major $1.2 million dollar improvement from 2006 to 2007. John has also served as president of the Kentucky Turfgrass Council and continues to be involved with local associations. He has been a member of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association since 1996 and received its highest ranking as Certified Golf Course Superintendent in 2010.