Valhalla Golf Club

Valhalla Golf Club

Valhalla Golf Club, located in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, is a private golf club designed by professional golfer Jack Nicklaus. The course, which sits on a 486-acre (197 ha) property on Shelbyville Road in the eastern portion of Louisville just outside the Gene Snyder Freeway, was envisioned by local business leader Dwight Gahm (pronounced "game") and his three sons in 1981, and opened in 1986.

In 1992, Valhalla was named as host of the 1996 PGA Championship. The following year, the PGA of America purchased a 25% interest in the club. After the 1996 PGA Championship, the PGA of America raised its stake to 50%, and announced that the event would return to Valhalla in 2000. At the end of the 2000 event, the PGA of America exercised an option to purchase the remaining interest in the club. Later that year, it announced that the 2008 Ryder Cup would be held at Valhalla.

Valhalla also hosted the 2002 PGA Club Professional Championship and the 2004 Senior PGA Championship.

Major tournaments hosted

The 1996 PGA Championship was won in a play-off by Mark Brooks over Kenny Perry with a birdie on the first extra hole, which was Mark Brooks' first and only major title. The 2000 PGA Championship was won also in a play-off by Tiger Woods over Bob May in a three hole format. Tiger Woods had a 3-4-5=12 to Bob May's 4-4-5=13. This was Tiger Woods' second PGA Championship for his career, and was Woods' fifth major overall. The United States defeated Europe in the 2008 Ryder Cup with a score of 16½ to 11½.Bolded Years are major championships on the PGA Tour.

ee also

*List of attractions and events in Louisville

External links

* [http://valhallagolfclub.com/ Official Valhalla Golf Club Website]
* [http://www.nicklaus.com/design/valhalla/ Nicklaus Design's Valhalla Golf Club webpage]
* [http://www.rydercup.com/2008/course/history.html Course description at 2008 Ryder Cup site]
* [http://www.pga.com/rydercup/2008/index.html 2008 Ryder Cup Website]
* [http://www.ryderdiary.com Ryder Cup Diary (Independent)]


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