LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Valhalla Golf Club founder Dwight Gahm has passed away.
With his three sons as partners, the local businessman turned the family farm into a world championship golf course.
Valhalla Golf Club opened in 1986 and has hosted the 1996 PGA Championship, the 2000 PGA Championship, the 2004 Senior PGA Championship, the 2008 Ryder Cup, the 2011 Senior PGA Championship and the 2014 PGA Championship.
The Gahm family sold the course to the PGA of America in 1996.
Gahm and his sons still own Kitchen Kompact. A graduate of Male High School and Indiana University, he played football for the Hoosiers.
There is a statue of Gahm and Valhalla course designer Jack Nicklaus in between the 18th hole and the clubhouse.
Gahm would have been 97 years-old on May 21.
Per his wishes, there will not be a funeral or visitation. He requested cremation.