Valhalla Golf Club
|Owned by||PGA of America|
|Tournaments hosted||PGA Championship
(1996, 2000, 2014)
Ryder Cup (2008)
Senior PGA Championship (2004, 2011)
|Designed by||Jack Nicklaus|
|Length||7,458 yards (6,820 m)|
|Slope rating||148 |
In 1992, Valhalla was selected to host the PGA Championship in the year 1996, one of golf's four majors. The following year (1993), the PGA of America purchased a 25% interest in the club. After the championship in 1996, the PGA of America raised its stake to 50% and announced that the event would return to Valhalla in 2000. At its conclusion, the PGA of America exercised an option to purchase the remaining interest in the club. Later that year, it announced that the Ryder Cup would be held at Valhalla in 2008.
Valhalla also hosted the PGA Club Professional Championship in 2002 and the Senior PGA Championship in 2004. The PGA Championship was originally scheduled to be played at Valhalla in 2004, but the PGA of America switched it to Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
In 2009, the PGA of America announced that the Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Championship would return to Valhalla in 2011 and 2014, respectively.
The course sits on a 486-acre (2.0 km2) property on Shelbyville Road (US 60) in the eastern portion of Louisville just outside the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265) It was envisioned by local business leader Dwight Gahm (pronounced "game") and his three sons in 1981, and opened five years later. Steve Houg is the head professional as of March 2016.
Major tournaments hosted
The 1996 PGA Championship was won in a playoff; Mark Brooks won his only major title with a birdie on the first extra hole, the par-5 18th. Franklin native Kenny Perry was the runner-up in the event's final sudden-death playoff. Four years later, the 2000 PGA Championship also went to a playoff; Tiger Woods won by one stroke over Bob May in the revised three-hole format. Woods had a 3-4-5=12 to May's 4-4-5=13 on the course's final three holes. It was Woods' second consecutive PGA Championship, his fifth major title and his third consecutive major title (beginning with the 2000 US Open - a streak that continued into the "Tiger Slam" at the 2001 Masters.) Valhalla hosted its third PGA Championship in 2014, when Rory McIlroy beat Phil Mickelson also by one stroke. Beforehand, the course had undergone a major "modernization" after it hosted the Senior PGA Championship in 2011, which included the rebuilding of all 18 greens.
In addition, Valhalla hosted the Ryder Cup in 2008, with the United States defeating Europe 16½ to 11½ for the first U.S. win since their comeback victory in 1999 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Perry and another native Kentuckian – J. B. Holmes of Campbellsville, who made the team as one of American captain Paul Azinger's four picks - were part of the victorious Team USA and accounted for a combined five points.
|Year||Tournament||Winner||Winning Score||Margin of
|Runner(s) Up||Winner's Share ($)|
|1996||PGA Championship||Mark Brooks||277 (-11)||Playoff||Kenny Perry||430,000|
|2000||PGA Championship||Tiger Woods||270 (-18)||Playoff||Bob May||900,000|
|2004||Senior PGA Championship||Hale Irwin||276 (-8)||1 stroke||Jay Haas||360,000|
|2008||Ryder Cup||United States||161/2 to 111/2||Europe||N/A|
|2011||Senior PGA Championship||Tom Watson||278 (-10)||Playoff||David Eger||360,000|
|2014||PGA Championship||Rory McIlroy||268 (-16)||1 stroke||Phil Mickelson||1,800,000|
Course setup for the 2014 PGA Championship
|1||Cut the Corner||446||4||10||Turns||590||5|
|2||The Ridge||500||4||11||On the Edge||210||3|
|3||Floyds Fork||205||3||12||Odin's Revenge||467||4|
|4||Short 'n Sweet||372||4||13||The Island||350||4|
|5||Fade Away||463||4||14||Two Tears||217||3|
|6||The Bear||495||4||15||On the Rocks||435||4|
|7||Players Pick||597||5||16||Down the Stretch||508||4|
|8||Thor's Hammer||174||3||17||No Mercy||472||4|
|9||The Rise||415||4||18||Gahm Over||542||5|
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- "Course Rating and Slope Database: Valhalla Golf Club". USGA. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
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- "PGA Championship". pga.com. PGA/Turner Sports Interactive. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
- Sokeland, Justin (August 4, 2013). "Green light at Valhalla: Renovation of putting surfaces draws praise one year out from PGA Championship". Louisville Courier-Journal. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- "PGA Championship: course tour". PGA of America. 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
- Official website
- Nicklaus.com Valhalla Golf Club
- 2008 Ryder Cup: course description
- Louisville Courier-Journal: course map for 2008 Ryder Cup