Metro Parks Holiday Gift Guide

Searching for that perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer this season? Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation has something for everyone on your list!

For Wilderness Lovers

The Welcome Center at Jefferson Memorial Forest carries wildlife guides, nature-themed jewelry, sweatshirts and caps. Gift cards are available for purchase too!

For the Golfer in Your Life


Golf Discount Books are $25 and can save avid golfers hundreds of dollars over the next year

For the Artist

Gift certificates for art classes may be purchased in any amount, and used for a variety of lessons for adults and children. Painting, pottery, screenprinting, silversmithing, guitar and flute (and much more) are offered at our two arts centers.

For the Fitness Fanatic

A gift card to the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center can be applied toward memberships, swimming lessons and more.

For the History Buff

Not only do historic homes Locust Grove and Riverside, the Farnsley-Moreman Landing have traditional holiday programs to attend, they also carry unique and sure-to-please gifts in their gift shops.

Why not make a donation in a loved one’s name? Any amount helps, and Metro Parks has several options to choose from: adopting mature trees or planting new ones, memorializing a park bench with a plaque, personalizing a brick at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moreman Landing, and naming seats at the Iroquois Amphitheater, which come with a certificate, plaque or engraving.

For more information on any of these items, visit or call 502/456-8100.


Gift-giving ideas from Metro Parks

Buy Local!

Louisville Metro Parks offers hundreds of gift-giving options for the holidays, making it easy to find just the right gift for that ‘hard-to-buy-for’ person. With a selection that includes items for golfers, nature enthusiasts, history buffs, art and music lovers, there really is something for everyone on the list!

The gift shop at Historic Locust Grove carries a wide variety of locally-made products, such as tea, bourbon-based food items, wood-ware, jewelry and pottery. The shop also carries historic reproduction pieces drawn from life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including pewter and other household goods.

Parks’ other historic property, Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, offers unique stocking stuffers including locally-produced honey, books on local history, historical reproductions of children’s items—small toys, games, bonnets and hats—and hand-rolled beeswax candles in seasonal colors.

Give the gift of art and music with a gift certificate from the Metro Arts Center. Certificates can be purchased in any amount and used for a wide variety of lessons for adults and children, including painting, pottery, screenprinting and silversmithing, as well as guitar and flute.

Golf Discount Book Poster_SmallFor lovers of the great outdoors, the Welcome Center at Jefferson Memorial Forest carries wildlife guides, nature-themed jewelry, sweatshirts and caps. Gift cards are available for purchase, too, and can be used for any of the gift shop items, as well as camping fees, shelter rentals and children’s summer camp fees. Purchase $5 or more and receive a free paw print gift bag.

A gift card from the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center can be applied toward memberships, swimming lessons and more. On a cold winter’s day or evening, there’s nothing better than staying active and warm inside the aquatic center, for lap swim, water exercise, and family pool time, or working up a sweat in the weight room that features Cybex, free weight and cardio equipment.

Swing by any Metro Parks public golf course to pick up the 2013 Metro Parks Golf Discount Book. This $25 gift provides hundreds of dollars of savings throughout the year and is on sale at all nine public golf courses. In addition, the clubhouse pro shops at each course feature golfing accessories and apparel.

For more information:

Historic Locust Grove

Location: Locust Grove Museum Store, located in the Visitor Center

561 Blankenbaker Lane, 502-897-9845

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday–Saturday; 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day

Payment: Cash, check (with valid ID), Visa, Mastercard, and Discover

Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing

Location: Riverside’s Museum Store, located in the Visitor Center

7410 Moorman Road, 502-935-6809

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday

Payment: Cash, check (with valid ID), Visa, Mastercard and American Express

Metro Arts Center

Location: 8360 Dixie Highway, 502-937-2055

Hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday; Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday–Saturday; closed Sunday

Payment: Cash, check (with valid ID), or money order only – (credit cards are not accepted)

Jefferson Memorial Forest

Location: Welcome Center, 11311 Mitchell Hill Road, 502-368-5404

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday–Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Payment: Cash, check (with valid ID), Visa and Mastercard

Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center

Location: 201 Reservoir Avenue, 502-897-9949

Hours: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday–Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday

Payment: Cash, check (with valid ID), Visa and Mastercard

Metro Parks Golf Courses (call individual courses for hours and payment information)

Metro Parks Golf & Pro Gary Player

Louisville Metro Parks
Community Relations Staff
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Gary Player is a South African professional golfer with nine major championship victories.  He is the only non-American to have won all four majors, and is often regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of golf. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. Player has won 165 tournaments on six continents over six decades. 

How does this relate to Metro Parks?

Player won his first PGA Tour at Seneca Golf Course on April 20, 1958, playing in the Kentucky Derby Open! 

Back seat: Pros Gary Player, Bob Fry and Jack Rule.
Front seat: Pro Arnold Palmer, Heisman Trophy winner John Lujack, and unknown driver.
Palmer-Player Exhibition match at Emeis Golf Course in Davenport, Iowa (1960’s)
Article from the Eugene Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon) – April, 21, 1958


Memorial Weekend Golf Special

For $20, a family of up to four members can play nine holes at any of the nine Metro Parks courses. The $20 includes greens and cart fees, and families can take advantage of the deal after 4:30 p.m. on May 26, 27 or 28.  Families should call in advance to book a tee time at the golf course of their choice.


About Metro Parks Golf

Louisville’s nine public golf courses are open from daylight to dark seven days a week, and each course has a fully stocked pro shop.

  • Bobby Nichols Golf Course, 4301 E. Pages Lane, 502/937-9051 (9 holes)
  • Charlie Vettiner Golf Course, 10207 Mary Dell Lane, 502/267-9958 (18 holes)
  • Cherokee Golf Course, 2501 Alexander Road, 502/458-9450 (9 holes)
  • Crescent Hill Golf Course, 3110 Brownsboro Road, 502/896-9193 (9 holes)
  • Iroquois Golf Course, 1501 Rundill Road, 502/363-9520 (18 holes)
  • Long Run Golf Course, 1605 Flat Rock Road, 502/245-9015 (18 holes)
  • Seneca Golf Course, 2300 Pee Wee Reese Blvd, 502/458-9298 (18 holes)
  • Shawnee Golf Course, 460 Northwestern Parkway, 502/776-9389 (18 holes)
  • Sun Valley Golf Course, 6505 Bethany Lane, 502/937-9228 (18 holes)

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