CRAWFORD | PGA chief sees 'multiple' championships in Valhalla's future
The CEO of the PGA of America says Valhalla is an ideal championship site, and that the organization plans to be back 'multiple' times.
Wednesday, August 6th 2014, 2:10 PM EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The CEO of the PGA of America today expressed delight with the feedback the organization has gotten on course changes at Valhalla Golf Club and reiterated its desire to bring multiple championships to the facility.
"This is a wonderful golf course," Pete Bevacqua said. "It's a PGA of America facility and I think we have every intention of bringing multiple championships back here over the course of the years."
Players have been nearly unanimous in their praise of the course's condition during practice rounds. A new irrigation system allows Valhalla groundskeepers to more closely control conditions, and changes Jack Nicklaus and course architects made in 2011 and '12 have been well-received.
"For us, bringing the PGA Championship to Valhalla is special because it is a PGA facility. It's our home," Bevacqua said. "In my role as CEO it's the first championship I've been involved with. Obviously I've watched and visited the others, but it's such an ideal major championship site, from the golf course, a big, difficult course, to the amount of room we have out there for everything else that goes into conducting a major championship. It's just good and it's comfortable. . . . We know that this will be a championship venue for us that we will visit regularly."
Still, the PGA offered no timetable on when Valhalla might see its next big event. It purchased full ownership of the course in 2000. With this week's tournament, it becomes one of only seven courses in the nation to play host to at least three PGA Championships. It held the Ryder Cup in 2008 and has been viewed as a candidate for the next available Ryder Cup visit here in 2024.
It played host to the Senior PGA Championship in 2004 and '11, and also hosted the PGA Club Professional Championship in 2002.
PGA Championship sites have been awarded through 2022.
"We don't have a definitive time slot or schedule built yet," Bevacqua said. "But I wouldn't be surprised if that wasn't something we discussed with a lot of seriousness over the course of the next few months."
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