Louisville Where to eat what to see

By Chris LewisSeptember 11, 2008, 4:00 pm

lynns paradise cafe
Lynn's Paradise Caf
 
For the first time since the 2000 PGA Championship, Louisville, Ky. hosts a major golf event, the 37th Ryder Cup Matches. While the Jack Nicklaus-designed Valhalla Golf Club is the epicenter of the action, the Derby City provides guests with numerous other reasons to visit the area including three really good public courses, several restaurants that are unique and delicious, two hotels that are better than the rest and museums that will whet the appetite of any sports fan.
 
Where to play
Theres no debating Valhalla Golf Club is the most recognized private course in the area, but there is also award-winning public golf to be enjoyed. Quail Chase Golf Club was rated Kentuckys number-two golf resort by Golfweek in 2002. Quail Chase also received a four-star rating from Golf Digest in 2002 and 2003. The 27-hole course was designed by course architect David Pfaff, who was an assistant to Pete Dye for 15 years. All 27 holes are known for their natural settings, narrow fairways surrounded by Scotch pine, maple, oak and dogwood trees and bent grass greens. During Ryder Cup Week, 18 holes with a cart costs $44. Guests can also enjoy lessons with LPGA Teaching Professional Brenda Daniels. Forty-five minute lessons are $45; an hour-long session is $70.
 
Also check out Indian Springs Golf Club, which has the second-best finishing hole in town, next to Valhalla. If youre in the mood for links golf, try Nevel Meade Golf Course.
 
Where to eat
Local favorite Bristol Bar and Grille is an excellent choice for those seeking American bistro at a reasonable price. Its been a mainstay within the Louisville restaurant scene for 30 years.
 
For the steak enthusiast in you, Jeff Rubys Steakhouse in the heart of Louisville is one of only three locations in the entire U.S. Jeff Rubys menu includes dry aged ruby red meats, lobster, fresh fish and a sushi bar. The steakhouse is styled after the New York City steakhouses of yesterday and provides a first-class dining environment.
 
Check out these other solid choices: Italian ' Primo, Southern ' Lillys Bistro, Most Unique ' Lynns Paradise Caf
 
Where to stay
Just like your ability to beat your friends on the course, your hotel choice can go a long way in determining how much fun you have on your golf trip. Here are a few recommendations for memorable places to lay your head:
 
The Galt House Hotel and Suites is well-known in the area for providing guests with luxurious rooms. The Galt House is comprised of the SUITE Tower, RIVUE Tower and Waterfront Apartments. The SUITE Tower contains 600 executive suites, a Triple Crown Club with 60 suites that are secured by private access and two-bedroom waterfront suites. The RIVUE Tower has 591 suites and deluxe rooms. Most of the suites and rooms offer spectacular views of the waterfront and city. SUITE Towers Waterfront Apartments offer fully-furnished, extended-stay apartments overlooking the waterfront. The Galt House also offers the upscale RIVUE Restaurant, which serves contemporary cuisine.
 
The Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville is well-known for its history and English Renaissance architecture. The hotel was built in 1923 and renovated in the early 1980s. It offers 293 guest rooms and suites, along with a business center and a 24-hour fitness center. Of the Browns three restaurants, The English Grill is the most popular. The Grill offers over 200 wines, along with the signature Chocolate Striptease, a dark chocolate cake with milk chocolate mousse. With a rich history, elegant rooms and Four-Diamond English Grill, The Brown Hotel has withstood the test of time to remain one of Louisvilles finest hotels.
 
What to see
Churchill Downs is the home of the annual Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. While there is no racing scheduled for Ryder Cup week, the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs are a must-see for any tourist.
 
The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory is known for creating the most widely-used baseball bats in the entire world. It is here that the famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat has been created since 1884, providing legendary baseball players with the best equipment available. Whether you are a die-hard baseball fan or a casual sports fan, you must visit the Louisville Slugger Museum. Theyll even give you a free mini-bat if you take the tour.
 
The Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom provides rides and entertainment for people of all ages. Popular thrill rides include The Penguins Blizzard River, a whitewater rafting adventure ride; Chang, a stand-up roller coaster; Greezed Lightnin, which accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds through a 76-foot-tall loop; and Thunder Run, one of the most exciting wooden coasters in the nation. Six Flags also has sources of fun for the whole family, from the water-world known as Buccaneer Beach to Deluge, a thrilling water coaster. Finally, the Looney Tunes Movie Town provides children with an opportunity to meet their favorite cartoon characters.
 
From award-winning public golf courses and fine dining to luxurious hotel accommodations and entertainment for the whole family, Louisville is a wonderful city to host this years Ryder Cup. While enjoying the golf action during Ryder Cup Week, be sure to see all that Louisville has to offer. Youll be glad that you did.
 

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