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Valhalla Golf Club: Guide to the Course

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    Quick insights

    • Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY will host the 2024 PGA Championship®.
    • The 2024 PGA Championship will take place from May 16 – 19.
    • The course has hosted three previous PGA Championships.

    Professional golf is in full swing for 2024, and this year’s PGA Championship will take place at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY from May 16 – 19.

    Valhalla Golf Club opened in 1986 and hosted the PGA Championship in 1996, 2000 and 2014. The course was designed by professional golfer and golf course designer Jack Nicklaus. Fittingly, Nicklaus holds the record for most wins at the PGA Championship alongside Walter Hagen (five) and was runner-up four times.

    Whether you’re watching from the stands or your couch this year, are some things to know about Valhalla Golf Club before tuning into the 2024 PGA Championship.

    Playing at Valhalla Golf Club

    Valhalla Golf Club is located at 15503 Shelbyville Road, about 20 miles east of downtown Louisville. Members and member guests are able to play the course at Valhalla.

    In addition to the golf course, visitors can expect the following facilities:

    • A well-appointed clubhouse
    • Dining room
    • World-class caddie program
    • Practice tee, putting and chipping greens
    • Golf experience simulator rooms
    • A full-service locker room

    Valhalla Golf Club’s pace-of-play guidelines require players to complete rounds within four hours and 15 minutes. Additionally, players must keep their phones on silent and avoid making or answering voice calls on the course.

    What kind of grass is at Valhalla Golf Club?

    Valhalla Golf Club underwent a significant renovation starting in August of 2021. During the renovation, 1,313,500 square feet of Zeon Zoysia grass was transported from Soperton, GA and installed on the course.

    Other highlights from the renovation include:

    • Resodding of the fairways and tees
    • Bunker restoration
    • Cosmetic work around the property
    • Three new championship tees constructed on holes 1, 12 and 14

    Facts and features of Valhalla Golf Club

    Before watching the PGA Championship this year, learn a little bit about the course’s history. Here’s a fun fact for each of the 18 holes at Valhalla Golf Club:

    1. “The Post”: Begins with a challenge thanks to a 495-yard dogleg left par 4
    2. “Winning Colors”: Lined with Kentucky hardwoods
    3. “Honest Abe”: Named after the only president to come from Kentucky
    4. “Mine That Bird”: Players may be tempted with a tee shot thanks to the short par 4, but significant contours make things difficult
    5. “The Sun Shines Bright”: The only hole without a tree
    6. “Long Shot”: One of Valhalla’s most difficult holes that demands an accurate tee shot
    7. “Genuine Risk”: Has a split fairway for a risk vs. reward approach
    8. “Float Like a Butterfly”: The elevated green makes for a difficult hole, even for seasoned players
    9. “Twin Spires”: Features an uphill par 4 bordered by three fairway bunkers for an added challenge
    10. “Big Red”: Named after the famous racehorse, Secretariat
    11. “Holler”: Bunkers border the green, so accurate shots are necessary
    12. “Sting Like a Bee”: Features an approach shot of 170-190 yards to an elevated green
    13. ”The Limestone Hole”: The shortest par 4 at Valhalla
    14. “On the Rocks”: The longest par 3 at Valhalla
    15. “Julep”: Jack Nicklaus’ favorite hole
    16. “Homestretch”: The landscaping provides a natural amphitheater perfect for spectator viewing
    17. “Straight Up”: As the name suggests, players must hit a straight shot to avoid bunkers on the left and right
    18. “Photo Finish”: Most players can reach this hole in two if they avoid the bunker guarding the front of the green

    Valhalla Golf Course and the 2024 PGA Championship

    2024 will be Valhalla’s fourth time hosting the PGA Championship. If you want to see someone win the Wanamaker Trophy in person, you can purchase tickets at

    Here’s what to expect from daily Championship+ tickets for $59-$99 (plus taxes and fees):

    • Access to Valhalla Golf Club grounds
    • Inclusive food and non-alcoholic beverages at all concession venues on the grounds (excluding private hospitality areas)
    • Alcoholic beverages for purchase
    • Access to public grandstand seating

    You can also purchase Club PGA Hospitality tickets, which provide views overlooking the Hole 17 tee, climate-controlled club amenities, additional food and beverage options, an open bar, a parking pass and preferred access to hotels and home rentals.

    Lounge options for the 2024 PGA Championship

    The Sapphire Reserve Lounge will be present at this year’s PGA Championship. Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardmembers can relax and enjoy complimentary gourmet bites, beverages and more.

    To enter with one complimentary guest, all you need to do is show your Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card at the door.

    Sapphire Reserve cardmembers who purchase grounds tickets on Chase Ultimate Rewards® will have the option to purchase a premium ticket inclusive of a reserved seat at the Sapphire Reserve Lounge. The premium seating section will include waiter service from the bar and a gift to accompany a stellar view of championship play. Gifts are guaranteed for Sapphire Reserve cardmembers who purchase a ticket through Chase Ultimate Rewards.

    In summary

    Plan to attend the 2024 PGA Championship? Valhalla Golf Club is home to three previous PGA Championships and is a fan-favorite golf course. Be sure to learn more about its history and amenities before your travels.

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