That changed four holes at the course, making it longer and more challenging.The changes for this week’s PGA Championship also involved shifting the rough from rye to Bermuda grass and what some pros Tuesday described as more forgiving greens on certain holes. Let Phil Mickelson, who will play his 100 “It’s actually made the golf course a little bit tougher, but it’s done in a very subtle way, rather than overdoing it, over-contouring the greens, over-contouring things,” Mickelson said at a pre-tournament news conference.“They lay out all these plans on the table, and thank God we were sitting down,” Kerry Haigh, the PGA chief championships officer, recalled in May of his meeting with Harris, to set in motion changes envisioned by golf architect Tom Fazio.
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Walker detailed all the renovations, noting in particular that Hole No. Then, he emphasized that the changeover in the rough is a factor easily overlooked, but potentially huge.
“It just plays completely different, especially now with the Bermuda rough,” Walker said. “It is tough, tough, tough stuff.” Not that the players are complaining.
Quail Hollow hired three construction firms, and the renovations were completed in the 90 days Harris promised the PGA.
That Harris sold the PGA on this makeover, so close to the club hosting its first major, was by itself striking.