Louisville Golf has been around since 1974...
Over the years we have been involved with some really special projects, from the personal to the professional. Some have been really solid money makers for our company, some have simply been a cool feather to put in our cap.
This is a partial list of some of the greatest hits:
A handmade mallet putter appeared in the theatrical release of the James Cameron blockbuster Avatar. On the DVD special edition release, a deleted scene included a Thumper Max Persimmon driver.
In 2004 we made a special Persimmon driver for the then No. 1 golfer in the world. Nike's master club designer, Tom Stites, who once worked at the Ben Hogan Company, commissioned us to replicate a Cleveland Classic Persimmon driver Tiger used in the off-season to sharpen his ball-striking. Mr. Stites said Tiger liked it and uses it to warm up at home.
Ryder Cup Valhalla Cherry Mallet
In 2008 we were at the Ryder Cup (won by the U.S.!) held here in Louisville at Valhalla Golf Club. In 2007 we obtained Cherry wood from the golf course and made mallet putters from it; we sold the putters on site at the event in conjunction with the PGA.
When historic horse racetrack Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, made some renovations to their clubhouse, some pine rafters from the late 19th century were made available to us to make some limited edition putters. The pine timber was solid and needed little finishing. This remains one of our favorite projects from our "Old Kentucky Home."
Mallet putters were made from Louisville Slugger bats.
Mallet putters were made from Jack Daniels whiskey barrels.
Timeless Timber has gone to the bottom of the Great Lakes to find a unique treasure. During the period of 1700 to 1920, most of the virgin old growth forests were cut down to build the towns and cities of a growing nation. Many of the best logs, because of their density, sunk while they were floated to sawmills. The logs, many over 100 years old, were rescued and now timber from trees cut by someone’s great grandfather, working for a dollar a day, is being transformed by Louisville Golf into cherished possessions. This old-growth timber, mostly sapphire birch or maple, is one of our greatest finds and putters made from this once-in-a-lifetime wood is being discounted for a limited time. This wood has withstood intense pressure and cold giving it a look and feel not available in most putters.
Manufacturer to the Golf Industry
In addition to these special projects listed above Louisville Golf once manufactured some of the finest Persimmon woods ever made for pillars of the golf industry. This is a partial list of some of the golf companies who entrusted the Louisville Golf Club Company with the manufacturing of their Persimmon woods:
Ben Hogan (Apex, Edge, Sure-Out)
Wilson (Staff, Whale driver,1200)
Tommy Armour (Silver Scot)
Spalding (Tour Edition)
Ram (Golden Ram)
Stan Thompson Ginty
Individual golfers also entrusted their games to Louisville Golf:
Tom Kite (Hogan Apex - Won 1992 U.S. Open)
Payne Stewart (Wilson Whale - Won 1989 PGA)
USC Collegiate Football National Champions
University of Tennessee Collegiate Football National Champions
University of Kentucky Collegiate Basketball National Champions
Michigan State Collegiate Basketball National Champions
Ohio State Collegiate Football National Champions
LSU Collegiate Football National Champions
Maryland Cole Field House floor mallet putter