Valhalla cleans up after PGA Championship


by WHAS11com

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The win at Valhalla was Rory McIlroy’s second straight major victory having won the British Open a week earlier. 

He is now one of only four golfers to win four majors by the age of 25. He joins Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. 

So, now that the championship is over, what's next for Valhalla?

People were lined up again Monday morning at Valhalla, but instead of trying to get a glimpse of golfers, they were trying to score deals at the PGA Championship store which lowered prices by 50 percent.

"It was a crazy week in a good way. The tent was home to a lot of people.  It has a roof because of the rain. People spent a good amount of time in here business was fantastic. Traffic was great. Highest sales ever at a PGA event," Michael Quirk, Sr. Director of Merchandising, said.

But while crowds were shopping, the Valhalla grounds crew was surveying the damage of heavy rain and large crowds.

"Obviously we got a ton of rain through the week and the course faired really well,” Chris Hamburger, Valhalla Pro, said. “The outside the ropes is where you see all the mud, the damage and cars getting stuck and that sort of thing, but inside the ropes where the players are, it is wet of course but held up great for the championship."

New drainage and irrigation helped keep the course in working order.  The good news is this is actually growing season, so it's the perfect time for the course to get trampled, because seed is now going down.

Fans had nothing but rave reviews for Valhalla.

"It was a lot of fun. It was a blast to watch these guys. The weather sometimes didn’t' cooperate, but bottom line, they're the best in the world," Jack Abby, a fan, said.

"I think the staff did a great job… It was just a great event," Greg Franklin, another fan, said.