The US has more that 15K golf courses - so why Valhalla?

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 9:27 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- There are around 15,500 golf courses across the United States and more than 25,000,000 golfers, so, why are we so lucky in Louisville to get a world class event to come back to Valhalla Golf Course time and time again?

The memories are some of the most vivid in recent golf history, and Valhalla is the PGA’s place to party. However, Brett Starba said it is also perfect for golf’s big, bigger and biggest events.

And, Valhalla offers more than most golf courses.

"Well, I'll just answer it outside the ropes. Inside the ropes it's a great golf course, there's no question about that but outside the ropes in order for championships to be successful, in order to sell more and have more people come here, you need to have space," Starba said.

Starba said the areas outside the ropes offer 4 to 20 acres of land for operational needs. That land allows the PGA to build a 70,000 square foot platform the size of a Target or Walmart for a tent that will operate for only seven days. The 10-thousand tickets to the Wanamaker tent sold out in two weeks.

If you thought the Ryder Cup was impressive, and it was, this year’s PGA Championship will host 25 percent more fans with 10 percent more infrastructure.

"Each and every time we've been back to Valhalla it's growing," Starba said.

Valhalla was designed by Jack Nicklaus and it is owned by the PGA of America, which also partially explains why it is getting its third major event.

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