Changes to Valhalla Golf Club mostly complete for 2024 PGA Championship | Sports
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Golf fans will notice a few changes to Valhalla when they step out for the next major on the course. The biggest change is that the fourth PGA Championship to be held on the course will take place in May 2024 and not August as in past events.
The course has been extended by a hundred meters, extending the tees of holes 1, 12 and 14. The n°1 will play 50 meters more while the n°12 will be able to go 20 meters more. And No. 14 can now be played as a 250-yard par three.
The fairways and tee boxes were completely redone with zeon zoysia which arrived beautifully after about a year. It will play a bit firmer and faster than the previous grass.
“It’s amazing what the fairways have done,” Valhalla general manager Keith Reese said. “This new turf is amazing. Our superintendent even said he expected it to be great, but it actually exceeded his expectations. We couldn’t be happier with the playing surface. It’s great. It does exactly what we want it to do.”
There will be some slight changes to the infrastructure in what will be 10 years after the last PGA Championship was held here.
“When the PGA started coming to Valhalla (1996), we were considered a big venue,” Reese said. “But now the way things have evolved with championships, things can almost get a little tight. So one of the things we’re looking at is a new media complex. That would really help a lot. Their needs have gone from “about three and a half acres to seven acres now. So we’re working on locating a new site for that and the corporate hospitality has been going really well. It’s been amazing so far.”
Reese said there were no major changes with the sale of the PGA of America club to a group of four club members, finalized a few months ago.
“The ownership group is so committed to this championship and I know we really want another championship in the future,” said Reese. “So they’ve really gone out of their way to help in any way they can and be a great partner for the PGA of America. I think you’re going to see a wonderful event in 2024.”
Tournament dates for Louisville’s next major are May 16-19, 2024.
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