A Little Bit of History
The site is first mentioned in recorded history by a deed of 1810. The owner recorded the deed in order to protect his mill, located at the spring mouth near the entrance of the estate. A white brick building located on Sandersville Road just across from the club entrance is believed to be the original mill. The mill was constructed at the source of a plentiful water supply and, for many years, supplied water for Hillenmeyer Nurseries, among the oldest in America.
The traditions of the Spring Valley clubhouse can be traced back to the 1937 when a grand estate residence was constructed. To protect his family from the threat of fire, the owner insisted on using steel girders for framing instead of wood. The partition walls are solid masonry, while the subfloors on the first and second level are composed of poured concrete. This historic home with slate roof now serves as our clubhouse, and it may very well stand for centuries.
After the Second World War, professional golf was again on the rise with the likes of Ben Hogan, Patty Berg, Sam Snead, Walter Hagen and many others. Demand for golf among citizens of the Commonwealth grew in kind. In 1949 a dozen local businessmen stepped forward and converted the land from a dairy farm to an eighteen-hole course.
In 1959 the Schneider family acquired the course and clubhouse. The property was at a crossroads, but in that very same year a membership drive was held and enrolled 120 members in a single night. By the spring of 1960 the new club had no trouble reaching its goal of 250 charter members. These were exciting times for Buddy Schneider, who was running the club for the family. He loved the game and decided to make the club’s restoration a priority. So much so that a few short years later, Spring Valley became the only course in Kentucky rated among the “Top 200” in the nation by Golf Digest.
In modern times, world-renowned architect Keith Foster was brought on to renovate the championship layout. His goal remains the same for each project. “I purpose to honor the Club that I am working at by doing the best I can do, executing the work carefully and thoughtfully. The true mark of great renovation work is in producing results that appear to all as natural and to always have been.” This is the very essence of Spring Valley.
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