Next year will see the 105th PGA Championship, where the second Major of the year returns to the scene of three of its previous tournaments, Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York.
The last time the venue hosted the PGA Championship was 2013 when Jason Dufner beat Jim Furyk by two strokes to win his first and – to date – only Major. The course’s link to the PGA Championship goes back significantly further than that, though. It first hosted the Major in 1980, when Jack Nicklaus dominated to win by seven strokes. It was also the host venue for the 2003 tournament when Shaun Micheel edged out Chad Campbell. The course has hosted other significant events, too, including the 1985 Ryder Cup and three US Opens, most recently in 1989.
The club was founded in 1901, but it wasn’t until 1921 that it moved to its current location. After initially being designed by Donald Ross, the East Course, where the tournament will take place, has seen several renovations, including from Robert Trent Jones, Sr in the 1960s, Tom Fazio in 1989 and 2003, and most recently, by Andrew Green in 2019.
The aim of the latest renovation was to return the course to the characteristics of Ross’ original design. After redesigning all the green and bunkers and undertaking a sizable amount of tree reduction and pruning, holes four, six and 15 have changed the most. The overall result is a firm and fast course with relatively narrow fairways and spectacular views from every tee.
Offering real parkland golf, the course has enormous trees, elevation changes and just enough length to challenge anyone. Meanwhile, despite the recent changes, it retains its reputation as one of the most challenging courses around.
In keeping with the desire to return the design of the course to its origins, the club also places great importance on its history. Indeed, it’s on full display on its wall of champions in the clubhouse. Overall, then, there's an intangible quality to Oak Hill, too - the gravitas befitting of one of the biggest tournaments on the calendar.
PGA Championship Future Venues
- 2023 – Oak Hill Country Club East Course, Rochester, New York
- 2024 – Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky
- 2025 – Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Caroline
- 2026 – Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
- 2027 – PGA Frisco, Frisco, Texas
- 2028 – The Olympic Club, Lake Course, San Francisco, California
- 2029 – Baltusrol Golf Club, Lower Course, Springfield, New Jersey
- 2031 – Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Maryland
- 2034 – PGA Frisco, Frisco, Texas
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Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course.
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