The historic Tulsa, Okla., club will thoroughly renovate its Perry Maxwell-designed championship course as well as its practice facilities, including the creation of a new short-game area and a first-ever indoor teaching facility. The course will close on August 1, 2018 and reopen in June 2019. While Southern Hills has been promised its fifth PGA Championship (and eighth major) by 2030, the project is primarily designed to “keep us relevant as a premier country club for our members,” said General Manager Nick Sidorakis.
The Ardmore, Pa., property will host the Curtis Cup, a biennial competition matching female amateurs from the U.S. against those from Great Britain and Ireland, for the second time. The event will mark the end of the property’s nine-year break from hosting championships, after it hosted the U.S. Open in 2013.
The completion of the Fairway One project, which will add 38 guest rooms and is on schedule to open in August, is one of many upgrades underway at the resort, which hopes to have all work done by June 2019, before it hosts the U.S. Open. The resort has also launched the Pebble Beach app to help guests navigate the property.
Upgrades of the Bonita Springs, Fla. property’s North and South courses are planned for the summer months of 2017 and 2018. Jones was selected for the projects based largely on a recommendation from the courses’ original designer, Bob Cupp, before Cupp died last year.
The Hartford, Wis., facility will host next year’s event, and closed last week to ensure the golf course looks its best for a worldwide audience, and will reopen for rounds on June 18, 2017. By comparison, Chambers Bay closed to the public in mid-May prior to hosting the 2015 U.S. Open on June 15.
In September, the golf equipment maker will release a 10-minute film showing the rapper, who plays 300 rounds a year, being fit for clubs and using them on the course, as part of its efforts to capitalize on Nike’s exit from the market by making golf “a little more cool and a little less country club.”