Par 4, 446 yards
An extensive renovation by Jack Nicklaus reshaped the contours on all the greens and covered them with T1 bentgrass, a strain resistant to extreme weather and heavy traffic. All the bunkers were redone as well. This slight dogleg left became tougher with the addition of two greenside bunkers, one front right and one back left.
Do You Remember?
The enduring image of the Team USA’s Ryder Cup win in 2008 remains Boo Weekley’s first-tee antics during the Sunday finale. After hitting his tee shot, Weekley slid the driver between his legs like a horse, slapped his own behind and galloped down the fairway, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
Par 4, 500 yards
The green of this slight dogleg left (a par 5 for club members) was shifted slightly left, and the right greenside bunker (one of three greenside traps) was moved from right-middle to right-back to create a friendlier bail-out area. Floyd’s Fork, a water hazard that meanders through the front nine, borders the left side of the fairway and protects the green as well. The mounding around the second green was also softened to allow players easier entry and exit.
Par 3, 205 yards
Floyd’s Fork winds from tee to green before sweeping around to the right of the re-contoured putting surface. The left greenside bunker was reduced in size, creating room for a collection area. The right greenside bunker was enlarged and brought around to the front-right section of the green.
Par 4, 372 yards
A deep bunker protecting the left side of the fairway with another smaller fairway bunker on the right creates an awkward tee shot. The aggressive play is to challenge the left bunker. The green has a lot of movement and contours. Shots long will get wet in Floyd's Fork.
Par 4, 463 yards
A large fairway bunker up the right side complements the three bunkers on the left of the landing zone. This dogleg right requires a fade from the tee or a 290-yard carry over the right-hand bunker. Bunkers short and right of the green grab errant shots, as does a closely mown collection area left of the green. The back-right hole location is one of the most difficult holes on the course.
Par 4, 495 yards
One of the more challenging holes at Valhalla demands a straight and accurate tee shot getting as close to Floyd's Fork as possible without going in. From there, it’s a 200-plus-yard shot to a challenging green complex. A deep bunker guards the left side of the green, and a closely mown collection area will grab shots to the right.
Par 5, 597 yards
A split fairway offers some risk-reward. The shorter route to an island fairway on the left shortens the hole by more than 50 yards. The landing area, which is only 26 yards wide, was shifted right during the renovation to bring the water more into play. The approach from this island fairway will be a carry of 210 to 230 yards over water. Two fairway bunkers were added to the left side of the safer fairway on the right. The mounding right of the green was softened and a collection area was added to the right and back of the green.
Par 3, 174 yards
A severe green complex is fraught with trouble: a deep front bunker, another two on the left and closely mown collection areas in front and back. The putting green features multiple shelves and infinite hole placements capable of testing the world’s best players.
Par 4, 415 yards
All five fairway bunkers — three up the right and two on the left — were extensively remodeled and shifted further up the fairway, making an uphill tee shot even more daunting. Misjudging the yardage on the uphill approach can leave players stuck in one of the largest and deepest bunkers on the course, located to the right of the green.
Par 5, 590 yards
This double-dogleg par-5 is protected off the tee by a fairway bunker on the right and deep rough and trees left. A deep front bunker guards the undulating two-tiered green. Shots missing long will make par extremely difficult.
Do You Remember?
During their classic battle at the 2000 PGA Championship, Tiger Woods and Bob May finished with 31s on the back nine and tied for the lowest 72-hole score in relation to par (18-under-par 270) in PGA Championship history.
Par 3, 210 yards
The green is positioned diagonally to the players and features a slight false front. One bunker hugs the front of the green with two bunkers on the right and rear. Shots carrying too far to the left could bounce down the hillside, making par difficult.
Par 4, 467 yards
Traditionally one of Valhalla’s toughest tournament holes, this par 4 has a difficult driving area that leaves players with 180- to 200-yard approaches to an elevated green. The green punishes errant shots, especially the cavernous bunker on the right and the gnarly bluegrass rough to the left.
Par 4, 350 yards
The driving zone of the shortest par-4 at Valhalla is pinched with five small bunkers to the left and one large bunker to the right. The elevated “island” green is built up nearly 20 feet on large boulders and completely surrounded by water. Accuracy with controlled spin is a must.
Par 3, 217 yards
Changes reduced the size of the front greenside bunker and added a bunker on the front right. Proper club selection and execution will be key to hit the two-tiered green in the proper spot.
Par 4, 435 yards
Brush Run Creek skirts the entire right side. The landing area grew when the fairway bunker on the left was removed, leaving only the right to contend with. The green was reduced in size, and its new contours offer more pin locations. The left greenside bunker was reduced in size, but a small bunker was added on the right.
Did You Know?
During the 2000 PGA Championship, Tiger Woods salvaged his final round 67 by making a key 15-foot par putt on the 15th hole before Bob May missed a six-foot birdie attempt in what turned out to be a critical sequence.
Par 4, 508 yards
Brush Run Creek slithers along the right side of this slight dogleg right. Any ball missing left leaves either a blocked shot to the green or will have to deal with the creek. A deep bunker in front and a severe drop off to a closely mown chipping area to the right will collect misses on the approach.
Do You Remember?
Kentucky hero J.B. Holmes helped clinch the 2008 Ryder Cup for the Americans thanks to a lucky bounce. After Soren Hansen birdied the 15th hole to pull the match all square, Holmes hooked his drive dead left, but the ball kicked down the hill through a jam-packed gallery and trees, settling in the left rough. His wedge to six feet won the hole with birdie. Also, it was here that Woods birdied the first playoff hole, the key to beating May in the three-hole PGA playoff in 2000.
Par 4, 472 yards
The uphill tee shot must avoid the deep bunker and lone large tree to the left side. The green is well protected by two bunkers to the left and a closely mown chipping area to the right and rear.
Do You Remember?
Miguel Angel Jimenez conceded a three-footer to Jim Furyk on the 17th green that clinched the 2008 Ryder Cup.
Par 5, 542 yards
A good tee shot will avoid the large fairway bunker to the left and water on the right. Most players can reach this hole in two shots if they avoid the large bunker guarding the entire front portion of the green and the smaller pot bunker to the left. A unique green complex provides three distinct putting areas shaped like a horseshoe.
Did You Know?
After missing a short clinching birdie putt on this hole to send the 2011 Senior PGA Championship into a playoff, Tom Watson birdied it by getting up and down from the front bunker to beat David Eger.