Did You Know? 2014 PGA Championship

The last Major Championship of the season gets underway this week at Valhalla Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened in 1986. Along with the exciting competition and golf that takes place throughout the week, there is a significant economic impact when a golf tournament of this caliber makes its way to town. Here are a few random facts about the upcoming PGA Championship:

Economic / Charitable Impact

  1. This year’s PGA Championship has created more than 1,000 part-time jobs in Louisville, with some extending up to 8 weeks.
  2. Last year’s PGA Championship had a $102 million economic impact in Rochester. Louisville, KY is expecting a similar outcome this year.
    • About $2.5 million in tax revenue will be generated for the Louisville region.
  3. The 2014 PGA Championship will raise about $500K for local and regional charities during the event.

Course Facts & Environmental Benefits

  1. Valhalla Golf Club has 27 acres of fairways, 110 acres of rough, and 65 sand bunkers
  2. For the PGA Championship, Valhalla will be playing 7,540 yards, par 71, and has a course rating of 76.4 with a slope of 148. Who do you think has the best chance of winning this year at the PGA Championship?
  3. 2011 renovation of the golf course reduced irrigation heads from 3,000 to 800 reducing the amount of water used due to better precision.
  4. Valhalla Golf Club is home to 20+ types of wildlife & several species of birds.

Check out the 2014 PGA Championship Preview video below, courtesy of the PGA.

2014 PGA Championship Preview

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