Public golf courses that have hosted the PGA Championship
No major has visited more golf courses than the PGA Championship, a tournament run by the PGA of America. Some of them didn't last long. Interestingly, 12 of the 14 public courses that have hosted the PGA Championship have only held it once. The outliers are the Straits course at Whistling Straits, a three-time host since 2004, and the Keller Golf Course, an old-school muni outside Minnesota's Twin Cities that held the 1932 and 1954 PGA Championships, back when it was a match-play event.
Bethpage Black moved from a U.S. Open venue to the PGA rota in 2019, and the Ocean course at Kiawah Island will host its second PGA Championship in 2021. Several other legendary courses - Pinehurst No. 2 and Pebble Beach Golf Links - could someday land their second helping as well. The rest of these public courses have only the memories. Here's a photo tour of the public courses that have hosted the PGA Championship, including 2020 venue TPC Harding Park, plus an early look at the 2027 host, the still-under-construction East course at PGA Frisco in Texas:
Straits course at Whistling Straits, Haven, Wisconsin
PGA Championships (winner): 2004 (Vijay Singh), Martin Kaymer (2010), Jason Day (2015).
Course: More than 1,000 bunkers - including one made famous by Dustin Johnson - litter Pete Dye's visual stunner on Lake Michigan an hour north of Milwaukee.
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
PGA Championship (winner): 1977 (Lanny Wadkins).
Course: Getting a tee time at Pebble Beach requires some cash, but the round along Stillwater Cove is worth it.
Ocean course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
PGA Championship (winner): 2012 (Rory McIlroy). Upcoming in 2021.
Course: Marshes, ponds and the wind off the Atlantic Ocean defend Pete Dye's most feared golf course. The course will host the 2021 PGA Championship.
Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, North Carolina
PGA Championship (winner): 1936 (Denny Schute).
Course: It's not likely the PGA of America will ever get back to Donald Ross's legacy course, considering the stronghold the United States Golf Association has built up in Pinehurst.
Champion course at PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
PGA Championship (winner): 1987 (Larry Nelson).
Course: The course was a Tom and George Fazio collaboration when it hosted its major. Today, it's a popular Jack Nicklaus course home to the Bear Trap, a draw for tourists and its PGA Tour event every spring.
Donald Ross course at French Lick Resort, French Lick, Indiana
PGA Championship (winner): 1924 (Walter Hagen).
Open Course: The Pete Dye course at French Lick might be more highly ranked and host more tournaments these days, but many players prefer the subtleties and classic style of the resort's Ross course.
West course at Hershey Country Club, Hershey, Pennsylvania
PGA Championship (winner): 1940 (Byron Nelson).
Course: The self-proclaimed 'Sweetest Place on Earth' also offers some sweet golf, including this course that roams within steps of the Milton Hershey mansion.
PGA Championship (winner): 1942 (Sam Snead).
Courses: Portions and holes belonging to the Pines and Bay courses were used during the major. The Bay hosts the LPGA Tour's ShopRite Classic.
Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, Shawnee On Delaware, Pennsylvania
PGA Championship (winner): 1938 (Paul Runyan).
Course: Floods from the Delaware River have ravaged Shawnee's classic course over the years, but it perseveres. Many of the holes lie on an island in the river.
Championship course at Tanglewood Golf Club, Clemmons, North Carolina
PGA Championship (winner): 1974 (Lee Trevino).
Course: This municipal course owned by Forsyth County is a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design that has hosted the Senior Tour from 1987-2002.
Keller Golf Course, Maplewood, Minnesota
PGA Championships (winner): 1932 (Olin Dutra), 1954 (Chick Harbert).
Course: A two-year renovation by architect Richard Mandell gave the classic municipal course new life in 2014. Keller has quite the tournament pedigree, hosting the PGA Tour's St. Paul Open from 1930 to 1968; the 1949 Western Open and the LPGA Tour's Patty Berg Classic in the 1970s.
Cedar Crest Golf Course, Dallas, Texas
PGA Championship (winner): 1927 (Walter Hagen).
Course: Rolling terrain and treelined fairways characterize this 6,532-yard course, which has ties to A.W. Tillinghast.
Belmont Golf Course, Richmond, Virginia
PGA Championship (winner): 1949 (Sam Snead).
Course: After years of struggling as a municipal course owned by Henrico County, Belmont will get a second life. The county bought the private Hermitage Country Club in 1977. The local First Tee chapter has plans to invest more than $4 million raised by donors to build a driving range, short-game practice facility, short course, putting course and 12 "championship-level" holes that will celebrate the 1917 work of original course architect A.W. Tillinghast. The redesign is being handled by Davis Love III and his Love Golf Group. The course is currently closed with hopes of reopening in 2021, although the pandemic will likely impact those plans.
Bethpage Black, Farmingdale, New York
PGA Championship: 2019
Course: The infamous Black, an A.W. Tillinghast design further intensified by Rees Jones, hosted a rowdy PGA Championship won by Brooks Koepka after two stagings of the U.S. Open.
TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California
PGA Championship: 2020.
Course: Harding Park is already a proven venue, having hosted two World Golf Championships, the 2009 President's Cup, four Charles Schwab Cup Championships on the PGA Tour Champions circuit and various other tournaments that attracted pros from the 1940s through the 1960s. It will be the PGA Championship's first visit to the West coast since 1998 at Sahalee Country Club in Washington state.
PGA Frisco, Frisco, Texas
PGA Championship: 2027 and 2034.
Course: The East course of the massive new development that will be the headquarters of the PGA of America was awarded its first major before a shovels were put in the ground by Architect Gil Hanse, his design partner Jim Wagner and their team. Both the East course and West course (designed by Beau Welling) are scheduled to debut in 2022, according to the Dallas Morning News, with the first tournament likely the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in May 2023. The $520-million mixed use development will also include a short course, putting course, an Omni resort hotel and office space for the PGA of America and its Northern Texas PGA section.
Rees Jones updated Bethpage Black, an A.W. Tillinghast muni that hosted the U.S. Open and will host the 2019 PGA Championship. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Straits Course is one of four, and perhaps someday soon five courses at Destination Kohler in Wisconsin. Getty Images
The 18th hole of the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the future site of the 103rd PGA Championship in 2021. Gary Kellner/PGA of America
Now a regular hosting the U.S. Open, Pebble Beach Golf Links held a single PGA Championship in the 1970s. Getty Images/Chris Condon
A general view of the 5th hole at Pinehurst No. 2. When the PGA Championship was held here in 1936, the course looked much closer to its current form than Pinehurst in the 1970s-90s. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
PGA National's Champion Course hosted the 1987 PGA Championship before a redesign by Jack Nicklaus in 1990. Courtesy of PGA National Resort and Spa
The Ross Course at French Lick in Indiana is a reputable par-70 course with three extremely long par 3s. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
You putt on Milton Hershey's mansion front lawn on Hershey West No. 5. Courtesy of Chris Baldwin
Some holes on the historic Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club were used during the 1942 PGA Championship. Courtesy of Stockton Seaview
Some of the holes on the Pines Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club were used during the 1942 PGA Championship. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
The seventh hole on the Blue nine at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort crosses the Delaware River. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Tanglewood Golf Club features 36 holes of Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed golf. Courtesy of Tanglewood Golf Club
Belmont Golf Course hosted the 1949 PGA Championship. Chris Baldwin/WorldGolf.com
The TPC Harding Park in San Francisco is one of the most storied and revered municipal golf courses in America. Courtesy of Harding Park
The Keller Golf Course has a long tournament history, including two PGA Championships. Courtesy of Keller Golf Course
In Dallas, Cedar Crest Golf Course was designed in 1919 by A.W. Tillinghast and later updated by D.A. Weibring in 2004. User 'Filthy20'/Golf Advisor