Valhalla Golf Club as permanent U.S. Ryder Cup site?
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Could Valhalla Golf Club become the permanent site in the United States for the Ryder Cup? It is an idea that the PGA of America president discussed after a meeting of the Louisville Rotary Club on Thursday.
"I think one of the great visions for Valhalla would be, maybe there's a day down the road where Valhalla becomes the permanent site of a domestic Ryder Cup," said Ted Bishop, president of the PGA of America. "Where you can go in and you can do the kind of infrastructure that they have done at Augusta National, with the Masters. Think what you could do here, if you knew you were going to play the Ryder Cup every four years."
Valhalla hosted the Ryder Cup in September 2008. It was the last United States victory in the event.
Bishop's term as president of the PGA expires on November 27. "These are decisions that are going to be made by somebody else," he said.
The next available date for a U.S. Ryder Cup is 2028.
"Quite honestly, we haven't even talked about 2028 at this point in time," said Bishop. "But I'm just saying these are some of the out of the box, creative things that you can think about when you own a facility, like we do Valhalla, when you are talking about bringing championships of some type back to the same venue over a period of time."
Valhalla Golf Club will host the 2014 PGA Championship from August 4-10. The course has also hosted the 1996 and 2000 PGA Championship, and the 2004 and 2011 Senior PGA Championship.
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