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The Cardinal Club in Simpsonville is now the official property of the Louisville Cardinals.
CCG-Louisville LLC purchased on Dec. 13 two tracts totaling 210.23 acres and containing the Cardinal Club golf course and clubhouse in Simpsonville for a combined $5.35 million.
The course, located on the western end of Simpsonville, just off U.S. 60 and fronting Interstate 64, is a 7,000-yard, par-72 Spencer Holt design, with rolling fairways and a 22-acre practice facility. Since opening in 2001, the course has been home to the University of Louisville’s men’s and women’s golf teams.
CCG-Louisville, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State’s business filing, is a for-profit company formed in October of 2013 and organized by the University of Louisville Foundation, Inc.
The principal officer is Kevin Miller, the executive senior associate athletics director of internal operations for the University of Louisville’s athletic association.
Miller said he couldn’t comment on the transaction.
“I know they’re preparing a press release about it,” he said. “A lot of this is coming out a little too soon.”
Miller referred questions to Kenny Klein, UofL senior associate AD for media relations. Klein did not return a phone call from The Sentinel-News seeking comment. Miller said a press release on the purchase should be ready by Friday.
The answering service for the Cardinal Club now lists the property as the University of Louisville Golf Club, and its Web site as www.ulgc.net. But that site is not registered.
However, the Cardinal Club’s old Web site lists information about The New University of Louisville Golf Club, including mentions of a redesigned club. The dining room, according to the site, will remain open to the public for lunch and dinner. Billboards on I-64 also refer to the club as being part of the university.
A message left at the club for PGA General Manager/Director of Golf Russ Johnson was not returned.
Opened in 2001 by South Carolina-based University Clubs of America, the course was purchased by Arnold Palmer golf Management in 2003 and then again by a group of investors led by Louisville-based Tom Musselman. Champions Way LLC owned the course since.
The Louisville Foundation, according to its Web site, is an independent, non-profit corporation that holds, invests and designates funds of the University. These funds are invested and managed by the foundation in support of the university’s education, research and service goals and used for scholarships, endowments, research chairs, grants and other academic initiatives.
The foundation has helped support the school’s Henry Vogt Scholarship Program, Overseers Scholars Program and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, along with supporting the funding of Cardinal Park.
Widely regarded as one of the top athletic facilities in the country, the park is home to the University of Louisville’s track and field, soccer, field hockey and softball teams.