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Valhalla preps for preview weekend before the PGA Championship begins next week

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Saturday, the gates open for the championship pre-sale at Valhalla. It is free to the public and begins an exciting nine days of golf for fans and professionals.

Chris Hamburger is the Head PGA Professional at Valhalla and he attended the last PGA Championship at Valhalla in 2000.

“And to see the differences and the changes now in 2014 and to think that that's 14 years ago, my goodness, it's just neat to be a part of," he said.

Hamburger has watched as crews have prepared Valhalla for this year's PGA Championship.

“It is a city,” he said of the course, “it becomes its own little city."

The golf pro compares this week to another big-time local sporting event. “It's like going to Churchill at Derby, you know, and just going to Churchill on a regular Wednesday."

And of course the fans are coming to see the players on the tour.

“It is absolutely exciting, I mean to think about the folks that are going to be here this week, competing again, probably on one of the grandest stages in golf," Hamburger said.

The excitement of the whole PGA experience starts on Saturday morning.

Championship director Brett Sterba says getting more people in on the experience is what Saturday is all about. “So social fans, casual golf fans, who maybe don't have a ticket to the tournament yet, can come on out and see what it's all about."

This weekend, fans will have easy access to the massive championship shop for the first time.

“For anybody who doesn't have tickets,” Sterba said, “this is free to attend, open to the public, you can park right across the street and walk in this Saturday and Sunday between 10 and 6 to buy merchandise."

You will also be able to get pretty close to the coveted, prestigious Wanamaker trophy.

"It is a great opportunity to get your, not your hands on, but up close to the actual trophy, get your picture taken around it," Sterba added.

Hamburger is looking forward to watching some of the professionals on the national level.

"All the long hitters, right, so those guys are going to be fun to watch, all the young guys making sure that we follow their awesome and bright careers," he said.

The gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. You can park right across the street, but that will not be the case on Monday.

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