During a quick weekend trip back to Louisville, I got a chance to play a round with a couple of friends at Valley View Golf Club. Valley View is located in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, which is about 10 miles northwest of downtown Louisville, and was opened in 1963.

The course measures in at 6,514 yards from the back tees, and consists of four par-3 and three par-5 holes for a total par of 71. The fairways are surrounded by large trees, and vary from wide and flat to narrow and hilly. Seven of the holes are doglegs, with three of the holes being nearly 90 degree doglegs. Water touches eight of the holes, including the 10th hole (a 306 yard par-4) where you have to hit your second shot over a pond, and the 11th hole (a 396 yard par-4) where you have to hit your tee shot over a pond. Sand traps are incorporated on every hole either near the fairway or the green.

This was probably the hottest round I’ve played so far, with the temperatures nearing 100 degrees. I played the round with two Fraternity brothers, Tim and Stephen, and Tim’s coworker, Frank. Tim and Stephen are pretty new to golf, but are learning quickly, and Frank seemed like he’s been playing for a while. Frank had some really nice drives, but struggled with his irons. Stephen’s shots just amazed me. His setup and practice swing was ugly, but he always seemed to hit a long, straight shot. And Tim’s shots were just… like mine when I first started.

I really can’t say much though. I didn’t have the best round. My drives were decent, but mostly right, like always. My iron shots were inaccurate, like always. And my putting was horrible. I 3-putted ten times, and didn’t 1-putt at all. But I still had a fun round, mainly because we played a side game of Wolf. Since everyone in our foursome had equal golfing skill, I figured playing the side game would keep things fun throughout the whole round. During the front nine, Frank and Tim teamed up a couple of times and took a nice lead, but Stephen eventually caught up with them near the end of the front nine. During the back nine, I caught up with Frank, and we eventually tied for the lead after the 18th. Frank and I had a quick putting contest to break the tie, and I ended up winning with a 2-putt.

I ended up shooting a 114 (43 over par). Tim shot a 125, Frank shot a 113, and Stephen shot a 105. I think if my putting was better, I could have easily shot in the low 100’s (if i didn’t 3-putt at all, I would have shot at 104).

Valley View Golf Club – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,185 (white tee boxes)
Course par: 71
Course rating/slope: 69.8/123 (white tee boxes)
My score: 114 (43 over par)
Tim’s score: 125 (54 over par)
Stephen’s score: 105 (34 over par)
Frank’s score: 113 (42 over par)

Valley View Golf Club
3748 Lawrence Banet Road
Floyds Knobs, IN 47119