Trump Does It Again
By Torleif Sorenson on 5/2/14
Donald Trump is having such a good week. First, he bought Turnberry in Scotland.
Then on Thursday, the PGA of America awarded the 2022 PGA Championship to the Old Course at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, located outside New York City in Somerset County, New Jersey. The PGA of America also awarded the 2017 Senior PGA Championship to Trump National Golf Club Washington in Potomac Falls, Virginia.
Interestingly, it was PGA of America president Ted Bishop who did most of Trump's talking for Mr. Trump:
"The PGA of America is excited to begin a new chapter of major championship history by taking two of our premier championships to venues that bear the Trump label of excellence. Mr. Trump understands what it means to present both the finest venues in golf and an unforgettable experience for both our fans and the greatest players in the game. We look forward to having these exceptional sites identify a major champion in the PGA Championship and the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid."What is unusual in this case is that the 2020 and 2021 PGA Championships have yet to be awarded to a particular course; until Thursday's announcement, the PGA had scheduled the PGA Championship only to 2019 at Bethpage Black on Long Island.
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My wife arranged for me to play there for my birthday. Even though it was early Spring and the course was dormant, you could see it is a great course and a beautiful property. It was also obvious that it was designed with holding tournaments in mind - several obvious crowd viewing point built into the course. A real treat.
Interestingly, both courses are held in very high regard. I have looked all over the internet and neither the USGA (for 2017 Women's Open) or PGA seem to have announced which course will hold the major. Nor sure if this is intentional or not or it even they are thinking about a combo layout.
Torleif Sorenson says:
The PGA announced that the 2022 PGA Championship would be played over the Old Course at Bedminster, although they could certainly decide later to use a combo layout.
Cool. I couldn't find that. It means that I've played another course to host a major.
Torleif Sorenson says:
And THAT is definitely something to remember. It hasn't happened for me, yet.
There is a course in TX that hosted the 1927 PGA Championship that I used to play a lot. It's probably not to this level, but it's a good, cheap course. They even mention it when you call to make a tee time. It's hilarious. Walter Hagen won it and there's even a local legend that involves Byron Nelson.
It's called Cedar Crest and is a A.W. Tillinghast design.
That tears it. Time to strip this tournament of major championship status.
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