Officials from the PGA and French Lick Resort announced Tuesday that the Pete Dye Course will play host to the May 2015 PGA Senior Championship tournament.
Golf Digest named the Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort one of the top ten public courses in the country when it opened in 2009.
Inside Kentucky Golf journalist Don Russell says the course is known for its difficulty.
“I have found myself, and I have friends that come up here, and you almost get lost in the setting,” Russell says. “I actually played in the fall and I found myself not concentrating very much on golf. Now when the professionals come here, they will be concentrating, but it can play as long as 8,000 yards. Now in the game of golf that is unheard of.”
Russell says the PGA championship will be the first real test where professionals can judge the course for themselves.
Hosting the tournament will bring economic revenue to the resort and French Lick area, but Rep. Todd Young, R-9th, says the whole state will see the impact.
“I think we can expect to see 20 to 25,000 visitors at this event,” Young says. “That is to say nothing of all the people who watch on television, all of the future visitors that will come from that, so that gives you some sense of the incredible impact just one of these events can have.”
Community officials say they already have more than 700 volunteers lined up to help with the event.