2013 PGA Championship Event Guide
As the last major of the year, the PGA Championship offers the world's best golfers their final chance to capture a piece of history. The event has been played on some of the best courses in the United States, and the Oak Hill Country Club is no different. The beautiful venue is slated to host the championship in 2013, providing a fitting backdrop for one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the PGA schedule.
Ranked as the 11th best golf course in America by Golf Digest in 2009, the East Course at Oak Hill Country Club is one of the best places to both play and see a round of golf. Starting out as a nine-hole course in 1901, Oak Hill was just a small course in a country that had just barely started playing the game of golf. It expanded in 1921 to 18 holes and then to 36 after tripling its land.
There’s a rich history around the course, including a 1941 tournament that attracted golfers such as Sam Sneah, Walter Hagen and Ben Hogan. The course has hosted the U.S. Open three times and this will be the third time it hosts the PGA Championship. Among major tournament winners at Oak Hill include Lee Trevino, Curtis Strange and the legendary Jack Nicklaus. The Ryder Cup was also played here in 1995, with Europe coming away with the victory.
The course starts off with a bang on Hole 1, the toughest rated hole of the 18 -- a 460-yard Par 4 that challenges you off the tee box. It gets interesting again at #3, a 211-yard Par 3 that comes with a small green and deep bunkers on each side of it. The rest of the course plays out just as difficult, leading Ernie Els to say “It is the best, fairest and toughest championship golf course I’ve ever play in all my years as a tour professional.”
Known as a combination of big-city culture with small-city charm, Rochester is the third-largest city in the state of New York after New York City and Buffalo. There’s a lot to do if you’re visiting the city while taking in the PGA Championship whether it’s just you and a friend or the whole family.
It’ll be baseball season during the tournament, and Frontier Field is a great place to take in a ballgame. It’s the home field of the Rochester Red Wings, the AAA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. In the same division of the International League are the affiliates of the Red Sox, Yankees and Phillies, so you’re sure to see some future stars in a game at Frontier Field.
Theatre is also high on the list in Rochester, so if you’re a fan of live performances you should check out the Geva Thatre Center, the Eastman Theatre or the Little Theatre. All three are ranked in the top 5 attractions in Rochester by TripAdvisor.
There is also a nice zoo, the Susan B. Anthony House, and much more. There are many good restaurants in the city and you can bet the nightlife will be the best it is all year when the PGA Championship rolls into town.
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