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One month out: Valhalla prepares for 2014 PGA Championship

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - One month out from PGA Championship week at Valhalla Golf Club and there's a buzz of excitement as the club prepares to host its sixth major.

"We're here seven days a week," said Brett Sterba, the Championship Director for the 2014 PGA Championship. Another major championship means major work is going on at Valhalla on its 400 acre site. As the PGA puts it, they're building their own little city as it will be home to a quarter million people for seven days.

Right now, there's a lot of construction from tents, flooring, media platforms, bleachers, concession stands and the massive merchandise tent.

"This is a 38,000 square foot structure," Sterba said of the merchandise tent. "It's the largest structure we've ever built at a PGA Championship for merchandise and this basically turns into a full department store."

From hosting the Ryder Cup to other PGA Championships, Valhalla is experienced and this sixth major brings another major economic impact. Early estimates are around $80 to $100 million as ticket sales reach 50 states and 13 countries. One major difference you'll notice since the 2011 Senior PGA Championship is  more technology with Wi-Fi throughout the course. 

"There's a PGA Championship app for your iPhone or your android phone that's free," Sterba explained, "it streams video and we didn't have that in 2011 and we didn't have that at the Ryder Cup."

Remember, you can make a call in phone zones around the club, but not near competition.    

Maybe the most important question is when it comes to being prepared for the event, how is the course looking? Golfers coming off of it raved about the results of the recent renovation, a new cooling system and the experienced greens staff.

"Definitely the greens," said golfer and Christian Academy Freshman Hayden Paas, "They are rolling a lot better and just looking in better shape too."

Paas knows his greens, he's been golfing since age three. He'll be at Valhalla for Championship week August 4. His advice if you don't have tickets? "Buy them right away," he smiled, "it's a great experience, I've been out here for the Ryder Cup and the Senior PGA and I never want it to end once it starts."

Friday, Saturday and Sunday sessions are sold out, but you can still get tickets for all practice rounds Monday through Wednesday and there are some tickets available for the first day of competition Thursday.  Juniors, 17 and younger get in free with a ticketed adult. Sterba pointed out, no other major sporting event offer that bonus. You can find tickets on the PGA Championship website at www.pga.com/pgachampionship/.

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