Public golf courses that have hosted the PGA Championship

The Straits course at Whistling Straits has hosted three PGA Championships. (Getty Images)
Ocean Course Rory McIlroy won the 2012 PGA Championship on the Ocean course at Kiawah Island. (Courtesy of Kiawah Island)
Now a regular hosting the U.S. Open, Pebble Beach Golf Links held a single PGA Championship in the 1970s. (Getty Images/Chris Condon)
Pinehurst No. 2, a Donald Ross classic restored by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2011, might have looked similar during the 1936 PGA Championship. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor)
PGA National's Champion Course hosted the 1987 PGA Championship before a redesign by Jack Nicklaus in 1990. (Courtesy of PGA National Resort and Spa)
The Ross Course at French Lick Resort held the 1924 PGA Championship won by Walter Hagen. (Courtesy of French Lick Resort)
You putt on Milton Hershey's mansion front lawn on Hershey West No. 5. (Courtesy of Chris Baldwin)
Some holes on the historic Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club were used during the 1942 PGA Championship. (Courtesy of Stockton Seaview)
Some of the holes on the Pines Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club were used during the 1942 PGA Championship. (Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor)
The seventh hole on the Blue nine at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort crosses the Delaware River. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor)
Tanglewood Golf Club features 36 holes of Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed golf. (Courtesy of Tanglewood Golf Club)
Belmont Golf Course hosted the 1949 PGA Championship. (Chris Baldwin/
The TPC Harding Park in San Francisco is one of the most storied and revered municipal golf courses in America. (Courtesy of Harding Park)
The Keller Golf Course has a long tournament history, including two PGA Championships. (Courtesy of Keller Golf Course )
In Dallas, Cedar Crest Golf Course was designed in 1919 by A.W. Tillinghast and later updated by D.A. Weibring in 2004. (User 'Filthy20'/Golf Advisor)
Rees Jones updated Bethpage Black, an A.W. Tillinghast muni that hosted the U.S. Open and will host the 2019 PGA Championship. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor)

No major has visited more golf courses than the PGA Championship, a tournament run by the PGA of America. Some of them didn't last long. Interestingly, 12 of the 14 public courses that have hosted the season's final major have only held it once. The outliers are the Straits course at Whistling Straits, a three-time host since 2004, and the Keller Golf Course, an old-school muni outside Minnesota's Twin Cities that held the 1932 and 1954 PGA Championships, back when it was a match-play event.

Bethpage Black moves from a US Open venue to the PGA rota in 2019, and the Ocean course at Kiawah Island will host its second PGA Championship in 2021. Several other legendary courses - Pinehurst No. 2 and Pebble Beach Golf Links - could someday land their second helping as well. The rest of these public courses have only the memories. Here's a photo tour of the public courses that have hosted the PGA Championship, including Bethpage and TPC Harding Park:

Straits course at Whistling Straits, Haven, Wisconsin


PGA Championships (winner): 2004 (Vijay Singh), Martin Kaymer (2010), Jason Day (2015).

Course: More than 1,000 bunkers - including one made famous by Dustin Johnson - litter Pete Dye's visual stunner on Lake Michigan an hour north of Milwaukee.

Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California

PGA Championship (winner): 1977 (Lanny Wadkins).

Course: Getting a tee time at Pebble Beach requires some cash, but the round along Stillwater cove is worth it.

Ocean course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

PGA Championship (winner): 2012 (Rory McIlroy).

Course: Marshes, ponds and the wind off the Atlantic Ocean defend Dye's most feared golf course.

Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, North Carolina

PGA Championship (winner): 1936 (Denny Schute).

Course: It's not likely the PGA of America will ever get back to Donald Ross's legacy course, considering the stronghold the United States Golf Association has built up in Pinehurst.

Champion course at PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

PGA Championship (winner): 1987 (Larry Nelson).

Course: The course was a Tom and George Fazio collaboration when it hosted its major. Today, it's a popular Jack Nicklaus course home to the Bear Trap, a draw for tourists and its PGA Tour event every spring.

Donald Ross course at French Lick Resort, French Lick, Indiana

PGA Championship (winner): 1924 (Walter Hagen).

Open Course: The Pete Dye course at French Lick might be more highly ranked and host more tournaments these days, but many players prefer the subtleties and classic style of the resort's Ross course.

West course at Hershey Country Club, Hershey, Pennsylvania

PGA Championship (winner): 1940 (Byron Nelson).

Course: The self-proclaimed 'Sweetest Place on Earth' also offers some sweet golf, including this course that roams within steps of the Milton Hershey mansion.

The Pines course and the Bay course at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, Absecon, New Jersey

PGA Championship (winner): 1942 (Sam Snead).

Courses: Portions and holes belonging to the Pines and Bay courses were used during the major. The Bay hosts the LPGA Tour's ShopRite Classic.

Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, Shawnee On Delaware, Pennsylvania

PGA Championship (winner): 1938 (Paul Runyan).

Course: Floods from the Delaware River have ravaged Shawnee's classic course over the years, but it perseveres.

Championship course at Tanglewood Golf Club, Clemmons, North Carolina

PGA Championship (winner): 1974 (Lee Trevino).

Course: This municipal course owned by Forsyth County is a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design that has hosted the Senior Tour from 1987-2002.

Keller Golf Course, Maplewood, Minnesota

PGA Championships (winner): 1932 (Olin Dutra), 1954 (Chick Harbert).

Course: A two-year renovation by architect Richard Mandell gave the classic municipal course new life in 2014. Keller has quite the tournament pedigree, hosting the PGA Tour's St. Paul Open from 1930 to 1968; the 1949 Western Open and the LPGA Tour's Patty Berg Classic in the 1970s.

Cedar Crest Golf Course, Dallas, Texas

PGA Championship (winner): 1927 (Walter Hagen).

Course: Rolling terrain and treelined fairways characterize this 6,532-yard course, which has ties to A.W. Tillinghast.

Belmont Golf Course, Richmond, Virginia

PGA Championship (winner): 1949 (Sam Snead).

Course: Two legends, Tillinghast and Donald Ross (who did a redesign in 1927), designed this former private club. It was called the Hermitage Country Club until the county bought it in 1977 and opened the muni to the public.

Bethpage Black, Farmingdale, New York

PGA Championship: 2019

Course: The infamous Black, an A.W. Tillinghast design further intensified by Rees Jones, has been added to the PGA Championship mix after two stagings of the U.S. Open.

TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California

PGA Championship: 2020.

Course: Harding Park is already a proven venue, having hosted two World Golf Championships, the 2009 President's Cup, four Charles Schwab Cup Championships on the PGA Tour Champions circuit and various other tournaments that attracted pros from the 1940s through the 1960s. It will be the PGA Championship's first visit to the West coast since 1998 at Sahalee Country Club in Washington state.

Jul 28, 2017

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Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.

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