16 PGA Championship Courses You Can Play

This year's PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte should bring an exciting conclusion to the major championship season.

I'm particularly looking forward to hearing the pros' reactions to recent course renovations. Whatever the case may be, Quail Hollow still has "The Green Mile" - its demanding final stretch of holes.

That should make for quite the finish come Sunday afternoon.

One slight bummer about Quail Hollow, though, is that unlike the 2015 PGA venue - Whistling Straits - very few of us will have the opportunity to play the course, given the private nature of the club.

That said, there are a number of past and future PGA Championship venues that you and I can (and should) visit and play.

And guess what? There are more of these courses than you might think...and you probably live or will soon travel near one of them.

Check out the list here:

As you can see, the PGA Championship has been (and will continue to be) played on plenty of public courses in some of the best golf vacation destinations in America, making it easy to add a major championship to your own personal record book.

California

Course: Pebble Beach Golf Links
Location: Pebble Beach, CA
Hosted the PGA Championship in: 1977
Architect: Jack Neville and Douglas Grant
Green Fee: $495

Course: TPC Harding Park
Location: San Francisco, CA
Will Host the PGA Championship in: 2020
Architect: Willie Watson and Sam Whiting
Green Fee: $177

Florida
Course: PGA National Resort & Spa (The Champion Course)
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Hosted the PGA Championship in: 1987
Architect: Jack Nicklaus
Green Fee: $347

Indiana
Course: French Lick Resort (Donald Ross Course)
Location: French Lick, IN
Hosted the PGA Championship in: 1924
Architect: Donald Ross
Green Fee:  $120

Minnesota
Course: Keller Golf Course
Location: Maplewood, MN
Hosted the PGA Championship in: 1932 and 1954
Architect: Paul Coates; renovation by Richard Mandell
Green Fee: $43

North Carolina
Course: Tanglewood Park (Championship Course)
Location: Clemmons, NC
Hosted the PGA Championship in: 1974
Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
Green Fee:  $49

Course: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (No. 2)
Location: Pinehurst, NC
Hosted the PGA Championship in: 1936
Architect: Donald Ross
Green Fee: $410

New Jersey
Course: Seaview Resort (Bay and Pines Courses)
Location: Absecon, NJ
Hosted the PGA Championship in: 1942
Architect: Donald Ross
Green Fee: $69-$119

New York
Course: Eisenhower Park (Red Course)
Location: East Meadow, NY
Hosted the PGA Championship in: 1926
Architect: Devereux Emmet
Green Fee: $65

Course: Bethpage State Park (Black Course)
Location: Farmingdale, NY
Will Host the PGA Championship in: 2019 (and the Ryder Cup in 2024)
Architect: A.W. Tillinghast, Rees Jones
Green Fee: $65

Pennsylvania
Course: Shawnee Inn & Resort Golf Course
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
Hosted the PGA Championship in: 1938
Architect: A.W. Tillinghast
Green Fee: $65-$90

Course: Hershey Country Club (West Course)
Location: Hershey, PA
Hosted the PGA Championship in: 1940
Architect: Maurice McCarthy
Green Fee: $140

South Carolina

Course: Kiawah Island Golf Resort (Ocean Course)
Location: Kiawah Island, SC
Hosted the PGA Championship in: 2012; will host in 2021
Architect: Pete Dye
Green Fee: $360

Texas
Course: Cedar Crest Golf Course
Location: Dallas, TX
Hosted the PGA Championship in: 1927
Architect: A.W. Tillinghast
Green Fee: $43

Virginia
Course: Belmont Golf Course (formerly Hermitage GC)
Location: Richmond, VA
Hosted the PGA Championship in: 1949
Architect: A.W. Tillinghast (redesigned by Donald Ross)
Green Fee: $47

Wisconsin

Course: Whistling Straits (Straits Course)
Location: Haven, WI
Hosted the PGA Championship in: 2004, 2010, 2015 (will host 2020 Ryder Cup)
Architect: Pete Dye
Green Fee: $395

Have you played any of these PGA Championship Courses? Did I leave any out? Please share your comments below.

P.S. - You may recall hearing in the past about Pecan Valley Golf Course in San Antonio, which hosted the 1968 PGA Championship, where Julius Boros became the oldest major champion (his record has not been broken). Sadly, Pecan Valley's 18-hole course closed a couple years ago, but it has since been repurposed into a residential community with a nine-hole golf course geared toward golfers with physical disabilities called The Valor Club at Pecan Valley.

Tim Gavrich is a Senior Writer for Golf Advisor and the Managing Editor of the Golf Vacation Insider newsletter. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.
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JOEL GOODMAN

matt, to play the top 100 in one year you need about a million bucks, lots of well connected pals, a Net Jets account and a fabulous physical endurance.

JOEL GOODMAN

I'VE PLAYED SEVERAL INCLUDING PEBBLE, PINEHURST, BETHPAGE ETC BUT THE COST TO PLAY MOST ISS OUT OF EVERYONE'S POCKET EXCEPT THE REALLY WELL OFF OR GUYS LIKE ME THAT TOOK CUSTOMERS FOR "BUSINESS MEETINGS

Rick

Fiestone in Akron may be a public course? Expect to pay around $300.00

Chuck

Matt,you stole my bucket list. At least it was my bucket list until I figured out it would take over a year and cost over 100K. I may have downgrade to top 50.

Ron

The last time I played pebble beach the green fee was $525, not $495.

Bob D

Have played the Red Course at Eisenhower a number of times, and really enjoy the layout. 5 hours to play is on the liw side - 6 hour rounds not unusual. You can wait almost an hour on the second tee.
Grew up playin the Black at Bethpage well before they made it world class venue for the 2002 US Open. Played it a dozen times since then, and it is a beautiful and extremely difficult course - long, hilly, narrow fairways and deep, thick rough. Walkers only, but they do have caddies. if you have the chance, play it!

Ken R

How 'bout Kemper Lakes in Hawthorne Woods, IL. north of Chicago ? I thought it was public?

Don Cwiklowski

The French Lick Ross course is awesome. The old master course architects are still the best.
It's a shame that more of the PGA Championship courses aren't available to the public. #growthegame

John O

The Belmont Course in Richmond Va. site of the 1949 PGA has been shortened since 1949. That tournament was won by Sam Snead. He was quoted many years later as remembering all of the holes.

don

Kemper Lakes in suburban Chicago did host the PGA championship in 1989 (won by Payne Stewart). However, it went private a few years ago.

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