US PGA National Championship Golf Courses

SUNRIVER, OR - AUGUST 18: Fans watch the game on the 18th green from a canoe on the Little Deschutes River during the third round of the Champions Tour Jeld-Wen Tradition at the Crosswater Golf Club August 18, 2007 in Sunriver, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

The 2008 US PGA National Championship Venue

In 2008, the PGA National Championship returned to Georgia for the first time since 1979. The club championship, which is a feeder tournament for the PGA Championship, was held at two courses on the Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia, namely Great Waters and Reynolds Landing.

Reynolds Plantation, in the Southeast of Georgia, has come to be known as the areas premier golfing establishment, with excellent scenery and courses characterised by water hazards which pose serious challenges to even the most skilled of golfers. The property spans a massive 100 000 acres and is easily accessible from major surrounding roadways.

Great Waters and Reynolds Landing

Reynolds Plantation, some 70 miles west of Augusta and 75 miles east of Atlanta, is home to five spectacular golf courses and the 2008 US PGA National Championship was contested on two of them – Great Waters and Reynolds Landing. The latter was designed by Bob Cupp and both courses share borders with Lake Oconee – the second largest lake in Georgia.

Reynolds Landing is a 7051-yard, par-72 course, while Great Waters measure slightly shorter at 7048 yards and carries the same par-72 rating. It has been described as one of Georgia’s finest golf courses, and it, together with Great Waters, offers golfers a testing assortment of winding holes, many of them well-wooded and with ample water hazards – not least the imposing Lake Oconee.

More about Reynolds Plantation

Reynolds Plantation comprises 81 striking holes designed by golfing legends such as Jack Nicklaus, Bob Cupp, Tom Fazio, and Rees Jones and Jim Engh. Apart from superb golfing facilities, Reynolds Plantation also boasts excellent dining, tennis and swimming facilities as well as three full-service marinas and an up-market Lake Club residential complex. It has been suggested by popular golfing magazines as being the ultimate site for a home for a golfer, and the on-site Ritz-Carlton Lodge comprising 251 rooms is an impressive element of the overall allure of the US PGA National Championship current venue, Reynolds Plantation.

The US PGA National Championship was first played in 1968 at Scottsdale in Arizona. At that stage it was known as the PGA Club Professional Championship, a name which held until 2006 when the championship adopted its current name.

The venue for the 2007 US PGA National Championship – Crosswater Golf Club

The most recent venue to host the US PGA National Championship was the Crosswater Golf Club at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon, which hosted the 40th anniversary of the tournament from 21-24 June 2007.

This US PGA National Championship previous venue boasts 18 magnificent holes alongside the Big Deschutes and Little Deschutes Rivers, and sprawls over 605 acres of a private golf community. The highlands of Scotland were the inspiration behind this course, which very adequately fulfils the main two requirements for championship golf courses: challenging playability and captivating scenery.

Let your concentration lapse on this course and you will be punished, as fairway lengths vary enormously and there is a very-present interweaving network of water features including ponds, rivers and wetlands.

The venue for the 2006 US PGA National Championship – Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York

In 2006 The US PGA National Championship was held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York, from 22-25 June and was won by Ron Philo Jr. who posted a score of 278.

Two courses were used for this tournament: Atunyote and Shenedoah. Atunyote is situated in a parkland setting with plenty of open space and hilly terrain as well as a number of water features such as streams, minor waterfalls and a few lakes, with the largest of these water features being 13 acres and running along three fairways.

Shenendoah, also one of the previous US PGA National Championship golf courses, enjoys a spectacular natural setting and the course’s layout was built to strictly comply with Audubon International standards for the protection and preservation of the environment. Designer Rick Smith was responsible for effectively incorporating the natural features of the environment into the course’s layout.