Symbolically, the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend is when the club opens its pool, and the lawns in front of the homes on Kilbourn Road start filling in.
Yet contrary to conventional wisdom, the move to May doesn’t necessarily knock out some of the traditional courses in the Northeast that played host to past PGAs.
When I ran into Kevin Vitale, the general manager of Baltusrol, this week at Quail Hollow, he reminded me that the rough is lusher and the greens harder in Springfield, N.J., in May than conditions often are in August.
The biggest issue, according to resort owner Herb Kohler, is Kerry Haigh’s concern that not being able to grow the fescue rough, which gives the Pete Dye course hard by Lake Michigan not only its look, but more importantly, its character.
“We’d absolutely consider going back [to Kohler] for another PGA,” says Bevacqua, noting that the 2015 version won by Jason Day was “off the charts,” and that, while “Every site has issues.
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