Bellerive, An Iconic Venue

Pittsburgh, PA. The host of the 2018 PGA Championship, Bellerive Country Club is one of Robert Trent Jones Sr.’s great designs. An iconic venue, Bellerive  has seen a few redesigns over the years since the original Jones Design in 60′.  Just like any course that has hosted majors, Bellerive has had some updates in order to keep up with the changes in the game of golf.

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Jones was given the task of picking out the land and designing the course back in 1959.  He chose a farm just west of the original location, where the course resides today.  Originally called the “Green Moster of Ladue” because at the time of build and design, it was one of the few courses in the country over 7400 yards.  

Now playing at  At nearly 7550 yards, Bellerive has even more distance that was added in strategic locations in order to enhance its level of difficulty.

The redesign also allowed for some fairway Narrowing, along with the addition of Water and bunkers throughout the track.    For example, hole number two was a dog leg left that was tree lined down the first third of the fairway. 

After the redesign, those trees on the left were mostly removed and a lake now resides in that area to give the golfer a completely different look and feel to their drive.  

Early Thoughts

We are just two days into the week with regards to practice rounds and thus far we are hearing the players talk about how slow the greens are.  Of course that is relative thought as the average golfer would likely consider them quick, but the players are talking about the greens rolling slower then recent tournaments they have played. Many have commented that they would like them to stay at this pace and with the weather we have seen early on, that could likely be the case.

Previous Events and Winners: (Courtesy WIKI)

1965 U.S. Open  Gary Player
1992 PGA Championship  Nick Price
2004 U.S. Senior Open  Peter Jacobsen
2008 BMW Championship  Camilo Villegas
2013 Senior PGA Championship  Kōki Idoki
2018 PGA Championship August 9–12

In 1992, Nick Price would claim his first Major Victory during what was a great run from one of the PGA Tours great Champions.   Tied for second going into the final round, Price was chasing Gene Sauers by just a stroke.  Nick Price would card a final round 1-under.  He would do so while watching Sauers falter with a 4+over round to fall back into the pack.   The rest of the field would fall back as Price would claim a three stroke victory.  

In 2008, it would be Camilo Villegas that would claim a victory at the BMW Championship as he would go deep into red numbers carding a 15-under par victory.   Dudley Hart would finish second alone at 13-under and current Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk would finish tied for third at 12-under.  

 

Author: Jhavelka