The PGA Championship this week at Valhalla Golf Club
in Louisville means we are just one-year away from
major championship golf returning to Wisconsin.
In 2015, Whistling Straits will host it's third ever
PGA Championship along the shore of Lake Michigan.
I recently caught up with championship director Jason
Mengel as the spotlight will soon shine once again
just north of Sheboygan.
Definitley a milestone for our staff in that the workload
picks up a notch.
Jason Mengel has been on site at Whistling Straits
for over a year preparing for the 2015 PGA Championship.
They way I look at it is if you are hosting the Super
Bowl at your high school football field, you have
the field of play and we have one of the best in the
But we don't have all the infrastucture that goes
The Wannamaker Club, hospitality villages, and chalets
will rise up along many holes.
Essentially we are building a small city out there
on the Straits course.
And within this small city, Whistling Straits is hoping
to re-claim the PGA Championship ticket sales record
that was set in 2004, a record that was just broken
this year by Valhalla.
As far as pre-registration efforts are right with
Valhalla where they were pacing at this point in time....so
that's a great place to be.
With huge crowds in 2004 and 2010 and one of the best
rated courses in the nation, Whistling Straits has
brought major championship golf back to Wisconsin.
It had been a while.
I think we had the PGA Championship in Milwaukee at
Blue Mound in the 1930's and the first major championship
to come back was the 2004 PGA Championship.
In a short amount of time Whistling Straits has really
put Wisconsin back on the map.
And the big events will keep coming in 2020 with the
So if you think what will be about a 15 year period
to have three PGA Championships and the Ryder Cup
here is pretty unprecedented.
Also in 2017 Erin Hills .
which is 35-miles Northwest of Milwaukee .
will host the first ever U.S.
Open played in Wisconsin.
Back to the 2015 PGA Championship.
The time to act is now if you plan on attending.
Free ticket pre-registration ends this Sunday...go
to PGA-Championship-dot-com to register or for more