Bethpage Black golf course - hole 15
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Bethpage Black golf course - hole 15
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
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Whistling Straits - Straits golf course - 4th
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Whistling Straits - Straits golf course - 4th
The Straits Course is one of four, and perhaps someday soon five courses at Destination Kohler in Wisconsin. Getty Images
Kiawah Island Ocean Course - hole 5
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Kiawah Island Ocean Course - hole 5
Ocean Course Rory McIlroy won the 2012 PGA Championship on the Ocean course at Kiawah Island. Courtesy of Kiawah Island
Pebble Beach Golf Links - No. 18
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Pebble Beach Golf Links - No. 18
Now a regular hosting the U.S. Open, Pebble Beach Golf Links held a single PGA Championship in the 1970s. Getty Images/Chris Condon
Pinehurst No. 2 - hole 1
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Pinehurst No. 2 - hole 1
Pinehurst No. 2, a Donald Ross classic restored by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2011, might have looked similar during the 1936 PGA Championship. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
PGA National - Champion golf course - 1st
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PGA National - Champion golf course - 1st
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
Donald Ross Course - No. 13
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Donald Ross Course - No. 13
The Ross Course at French Lick Resort held the 1924 PGA Championship won by Walter Hagen. Courtesy of French Lick Resort
Hershey Country Club West - Hole 5
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Hershey Country Club West - Hole 5
You putt on Milton Hershey's mansion front lawn on Hershey West No. 5. Courtesy of Chris Baldwin
Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club - 6th
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Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club - 6th
Some holes on the historic Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club were used during the 1942 PGA Championship. Courtesy of Stockton Seaview
Seaview Hotel and Golf Club - Pines Course - hole 1
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Seaview Hotel and Golf Club - Pines Course - hole 1
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
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort - Blue nine - hole 7
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Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort - Blue nine - hole 7
The seventh hole on the Blue nine at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort crosses the Delaware River. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Championship at Tanglewood Golf Club
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Championship at Tanglewood Golf Club
Tanglewood Golf Club features 36 holes of Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed golf. Courtesy of Tanglewood Golf Club
Belmont Golf Course - 1st hole
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Belmont Golf Course - 1st hole
Belmont Golf Course hosted the 1949 PGA Championship. Chris Baldwin/WorldGolf.com
TPC Harding Park golf course - 18th
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TPC Harding Park golf course - 18th
The TPC Harding Park in San Francisco is one of the most storied and revered municipal golf courses in America. Courtesy of Harding Park
Keller Golf Course - wetland
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Keller Golf Course - wetland
The Keller Golf Course has a long tournament history, including two PGA Championships. Courtesy of Keller Golf Course
Cedar Crest Golf Course
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Cedar Crest 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

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 season's final major 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 moves from a US 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 Bethpage and TPC Harding Park:

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).
Course: Marshes, ponds and the wind off the Atlantic Ocean defend Dye's most feared golf course.

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.

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.

The Pines course and the Bay course at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, Absecon, New Jersey

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.

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: Two legends, Tillinghast and Donald Ross (who did a redesign in 1927), designed this former private club. It was called the Hermitage Country Club until the county bought it in 1977 and opened the muni to the public.

Bethpage Black , Farmingdale, New York

PGA Championship: 2019
Course: The infamous Black, an A.W. Tillinghast design further intensified by Rees Jones, has been added to the PGA Championship mix 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.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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