For the first time in 14 years, the PGA Championship has returned to the Kentucky course, Valhalla. The course that was designed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus first opened for business in 1986 and quickly became a popular go to course for golfers across the world. Only 10 years after opening, the course had already been picked to host the PGA Tournament in 1996, and with success, hosted the tournament again only four years later in 2000.
While Valhalla may not have quite the famous reputation as the Augusta National—home of the Masters Tournament—the course is ranked number one out of all the courses in the state of Kentucky. Along with hosting two previous PGA Championships, the course has also hosted the 2008 Ryder Cup, and the 2004 and 2011 Senior PGA Championships.
The top 100 golfers in the world were invited to play the course for the 2014 PGA Championship, and any returning golfers that played the course in 2000 may notice something different. With a course that is over 25 years old, it was apparent that some modern improvements were necessary, and recently, Nicklaus and Valhalla officials took the time to rebuild and update the course. While the course was renovated in 2005-2006 by lengthening it by 300 yards, it was time for more in depth improvements. Anything from changes to holes, additional bunkers, to completely rebuilding the green, Valhalla has become a brand new course for all of the 2014 PGA Championship competitors.
The PGA Championship takes place on August 4-10, 2014.