Golf FORE Girls Program

                                                                                               This program is led by Bellarmine University Women’s Golf alumna: Olivia Pennybaker and her team of ladies. We use all female coaches in order to create a unique, safe, and comfortable learning environment for our female participants. Studies have shown that when girls are in a “girl friendly” environment, they experience higher levels of participation, are more comfortable learning and developing skills, have heightened confidence in their ability for self-expression and communication, and are more likely to engage in group activities. It is a friendly and exciting way to learn the game with people just like them!

Since it's inception in 2018, this program has grown each year servicing over 300 young ladies in the area in that time. Classes in this program operate on Thursday evenings in the Spring, Summer, and Fall at Shawnee Golf Course as well as on Wednesday evenings in the Summer at Bobby Nichols Golf Course. Continuing the growth under Coach Olivia's leadership, the Golf FORE Girls Program became a LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Site in 2021.

Girls Golf sites provide young females with quality golf instruction led by LPGA and PGA teaching professionals or certified coaches from First Tee. Not only are they experts in taking girls from beginner to advanced golfers, but they also specialize in creating experiences that show girls just how much fun golf really is! Through this partnership, our Golf FORE Girls Program is able to utilize the Girls Golf resources to give the classes a better quality experience. We were also able to begin our Women in Golf Day event with help from Girls Golf and can expand on "girl-centered" outreach events. Girls in any First Tee - Louisville Session can sign up to become a Girls Golf member!

Girls Golf members learn more than just the game of golf. We help empower them with confidence and teach them valuable life skills. From Leadership skills to inspiring healthy living, we use the Five E's of Girls Golf to Empower, Enrich, Engage, Exercise, and Energize girls through the game of golf.

If you haven't already registered for LPGA Girls Golf as a member of First Tee - Louisville you can do so here!  Each person registered gets an LPGA Girls Golf 'Swag Bag' along with first notification of any events our Golf FORE Girls Program is conducting!

Registration for any of our programming class sessions including any Golf FORE Girls classes can be done so here! 

Class Sessions:


Thursday evenings - Golf FORE Girls @ Shawnee Golf Course

6-9 Year Old Class 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

10-13 Year Old Class 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

14+ Year Old Class 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM


Wednesday evenings - Golf FORE Girls @ Bobby Nichols Golf Course

Thursday evenings - Golf FORE Girls @ Shawnee Golf Course

6-9 Year Old Class 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

10-13 Year Old Class 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

14+ Year Old Class 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM


Wednesday evenings - Golf FORE Girls @ Bobby Nichols Golf Course

Thursday evenings - Golf FORE Girls @ Shawnee Golf Course

6-9 Year Old Class 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

10-13 Year Old Class 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

14+ Year Old Class 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


EmpowHER Class:

This is a class designed for intermediate or advanced level female golfers ages 10 and up who are interested in pursuing high school or even college golf! This class is tailored specifically to help teenage girls gain confidence in their abilities to perform to their best effort in golf! Through help from LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, young ladies enrolled in this will learn skills from swing mechanics, course management, and how to find their voice! This all-girl environment can foster their love of the game in a comfortable, safe, and supportive environment! Sign-up through our regular registration portal or click here!

Summer Session

Fridays - Shawnee Golf Course 11 AM - 12:30 PM

Fall Session

Mondays - Shawnee Golf Course 6 PM - 7 PM


Golf FORE Women Clinic

This is a clinic for beginner to intermediate women golfers who are interested in learning a bit more about the game! This clinic is for women who: want to learn the basics of golf, learn a bit more about the game, or meet other women who are interested in playing golf! This event will be at Shawnee Golf Course from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM on Sunday, August 20, 2023. It costs $50 per person to attend and includes the clinic, two drink tickets, and a tee gift! Payment will be on the day of the event at registration. If you do not have your own clubs, we will have some for you. This event is limited to the first 30 women who sign up so register through the link below!


Women in Golf Day

presented by Addie and Baylor Kirchgessner Foundation

A fun and free event a part of our Golf FORE Girls Program partnered with LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, young ladies can come out to play games, win prizes, and meet inspiring women in the world of golf!  This event is free at Shawnee Golf Course. In 2021 it took place on Sunday June 13th and featured Kim Shafer, PGA, Betty Kregor, Sally Morgan, PGA, Kaitlyn Hayes, and Heidi Steinert. Each woman brings unique views, experiences, and perspectives on the game of golf and the industry of it. In 2022 we doubled our youth participants as well as added even more games, prizes, and food! We had Jamie Taylor, LPGA, Lindsay Gahm, Erin Horn, PGA, and Lisa Edgmon, PGA join as as guest speakers!

2023 details: Sunday, July 9th at Shawnee Golf Course

*Registration coming soon*

For more information contact our Program Coordinator and Girls Golf Site Director Olivia Pennybaker at [email protected] !