History on Parade

The PGA Championship History Exhibit -- A History of the Season's Final Major, a traveling exhibit featuring rare artifacts and memorabilia celebrating the tradition of the PGA Championship, has officially opened in the Village of Kohler, Wis.

2010 PGA Championship

The PGA Championship History Exhibit -- A History of the Season's Final Major is chock-full of artifacts and memorabilia celebrating the history and tradition of the PGA Championship. (The PGA of America)

KOHLER, Wis. -- From May 12 through August 22, golf enthusiasts and history lovers can enjoy a free tour of The PGA Championship History Exhibit -- A History of the Season's Final Major, a traveling exhibit featuring some of the rarest artifacts and memorabilia celebrating the tradition of the PGA Championship and its past 91 Champions.

The PGA Championship History Exhibit, located at The Shops at Woodlake Kohler, located in the Village of Kohler, Wis., will be open daily from noon to 4 p.m. CDT. Hours of operation during PGA Championship week are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. CDT, Aug. 9-14, and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. CDT on Aug. 15. The space will also be available for private party rentals after hours.

The 92nd PGA Championship will be conducted Aug. 9-15, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis.

The PGA Championship History Exhibit debuted in Louisville in 2000, and travels to future host PGA Championship cities. The exhibit features memorabilia spanning from Jim Barnes' driver to capture the inaugural Championship in 1916; a walking stick once used by the legendary Walter Hagen; Gene Sarazen's niblick (today's 9-iron); Jack Nicklaus' wedge, which he used to capture the 1980 PGA Championship; Phil Mickelson's wedge that clinched his 2005 victory; and Y.E. Yang's 3-hybrid that sealed his historic 2009 triumph.

"The PGA Championship History Exhibit is a special journey behind the great Champions who have been both premier performers but also among the leaders of the advancement of golf in this country," said PGA of America President Jim Remy. "The PGA of America is pleased that The Shops at Woodlake Kohler, a popular destination for both those in Wisconsin and tourists from around the world, will serve as host to this remarkable collection. Wisconsin is one of the great sports participation states in the country and we anticipate we will have outstanding support once again leading up to the 92nd PGA Championship this summer."

The Shops at Woodlake Kohler are part of Kohler's luxury resort destination that is owned and operated by Kohler Co, a world leader in products for the kitchen and bath. Home to The American Club, the Midwest's only AAA Five Diamond resort hotel; Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run golf venues; Kohler Waters Spa; The Shops at Woodlake Kohler; River Wildlife, and Riverbend, among 10 unique dining experiences and a host of resort amenities.

"We are honored to be able to host the traveling PGA Championship Exhibit at the Shops at Woodlake. To have such treasured items right here in Kohler is really special," said Scott Silvestri, Group Director of Marketing and Retail Development.

For questions on the golf museum, please call (920) 457-4447, extension 55186.

Destination Kohler is located in the Village of Kohler, Wis., 55 miles north of Milwaukee and 2 ½ hours north of Chicago. For more information, visit

Whistling Straits last hosted the PGA Championship in 2004, when Vijay Singh defeated Chris DiMarco and Justin Leonard in a three-hole playoff.

The PGA Championship is one of four premier golf events conducted by The PGA of America. Others include the Ryder Cup, the Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which brings together the winners of golf's four major championships.

Golf's best professionals have been competing for more than 90 years for the Championship's coveted Wanamaker Trophy. Past Champions span both the legendary and recent stars of the game: Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here or by phone at (800) PGA-GOLF.

About the 2010 PGA Championship

The PGA Championship perennially features the strongest field in golf and is considered one of the largest sporting events in the world. Since 1916, golf's best professionals have been competing for the PGA Championship's coveted Wanamaker Trophy; a list of champions that includes: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Davis Love III, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Walter Hagen.

About The PGA of America

Since 1916, The PGA of America's mission has been twofold: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.

By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, the Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion-dollar golf industry.

By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable golf promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.