The Charlotte, N.C. club last hosted the PGA of America’s signature event in 2017, when Justin Thomas lifted the Wanamaker Trophy. The announcement helped to ease the disappointment for the club, and city, after cancellation of the 2020 Wells Fargo Championship that had been scheduled for Quail Hollow at the end of April. The club is scheduled to host the Presidents Cup in 2021.
Charlotte, N.C. has landed the second golf major in the city’s history, as the PGA of America announced May 14 that Quail Hollow Club will host the 2025 PGA Championship, The Charlotte Observer reported. Charlotte hosted the same tournament at the same course in 2017, and Quail Hollow Club President Johnny Harris has been trying to get the PGA Championship to come back ever since.
“We’re really excited about this,” Harris, a longtime Charlotte real-estate developer, said in an interview with The Observer. “We need some positive news in the sports world. And for us, this is the kind of thing you dream about.”
The 2025 PGA Championship will be one of the largest sporting events that Charlotte has ever hosted, The Observer reported. It is expected to draw close to a quarter-million fans over a week of tournament play and practice rounds, and those fans will inject millions into the local economy.
C+RB reported on May 13 that Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. was named to host the 2030 PGA Championship.
The PGA Championship ranks as one of golf’s four major championships. Its return to Charlotte—in mid-May 2025—will be a welcome one for the city, as well as for the club that saw its annual professional tournament on this year’s golf calendar get wiped out due to COVID-19, The Observer reported. The coronavirus canceled the 2020 Wells Fargo Championship, which had been scheduled at Quail Hollow for April 27-May 3, and has been played at the club since 2003. (From 2003-2008, it was called the Wachovia Championship, and in 2009-10 it was called the Quail Hollow Championship, before taking the Wells Fargo name in 2011. In 2017, when Quail Hollow hosted the PGA Championship, the Wells Fargo was moved to Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C.)
“That was disappointing, but totally understandable,” Harris said of this year’s postponement of the Wells Fargo tournament. “There was no real way to consider moving or rescheduling the 2020 tournament. Just inopportune timing.”
C+RB featured Quail Hollow as a cover story in September 2017.
The PGA Championship’s return to Charlotte means that Quail Hollow Club will host a top golf event in each of the next five years. From Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2021, the Charlotte club will host the Presidents Cup—an international match-play event that has never been played in the southeastern U.S. before, The Observer reported. The Presidents Cup is held every other year and pits a team from the United States against a team of non-European international players.
In 2022-24, the club will host the Wells Fargo Championship in the late April/early May time frame as usual (the Wells Fargo Championship will be played in Washington, D.C., for 2021 only, to make room for the Presidents Cup), The Observer reported. And then, in 2025, the PGA Championship returns to the Queen City. The championship traditionally boasts the strongest field in golf every year.
“The one thing that was obvious to us very quickly in 2017, the first time we hosted the PGA Championship, was that the PGA and its team does things on a different scale,” Harris said. “It’s just different. A lot more fans. A lot more media. A lot more everything. We will have made a lot of significant improvements to our facility between 2017 and 2025, so we’ll be ready.”
In 2017, the PGA Championship’s total estimated economic impact on the Charlotte region was around $100 million, according to the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.
The 2020 Chef to Chef Conference took place in Charlotte and the Quail Hollow Club hosted a portion of the “Inside the House” tour.
The 2017 PGA Championship in Charlotte was won by Justin Thomas, a 24-year-old American who held off the field by two shots to win his first major, The Observer reported. The PGA Championship that year was played in August, but it has since been bumped up to May on the golf calendar.
The Carolinas are speckled with great golf courses, and two other majors are scheduled in North or South Carolina before the PGA Championship returns to Charlotte, The Observer reported. The 2021 PGA Championship will be played in Kiawah Island, S.C., and the U.S. Open returns in 2024 to Pinehurst, N.C.
When the PGA Championship is played in 2025, Quail Hollow will become the first golf course in North Carolina to host multiple PGA Championships, The Observer reported.
“We’ve always wanted to have the type of golf course that could attract a major,” Harris said. “So to get the PGA back—we’re just so pleased about it, and it will be very good for the city of Charlotte, too.”
“The PGA of America is proud to return the PGA Championship to Quail Hollow and the wonderful host city of Charlotte,” said PGA of America President Suzy Whaley. “Quail Hollow’s course has a well-earned reputation as a stern test for the world’s finest players, but what sets the club apart is its membership and the welcoming atmosphere that they promote. The state of North Carolina’s appreciation for the game and major championship golf is remarkable.”
The 2020 PGA Championship is scheduled to be played, August 3-9, at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, provided it is responsible to do so at that time, The Observer reported.
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