Canterbury Golf Club
Canterbury Golf Club, home to one of the most acclaimed courses in the United States, was designed by Herbert Strong and opened for play in 1921.
Located approximately 10 miles southeast of Cleveland in Beachwood, Ohio, Canterbury Golf Club is recognized by Golf Digest as one of the top 100 courses in America, and by playing host next year to the 70th Senior PGA Championship will become just the second U.S. club behind Oak Hill Country Club of Rochester, N.Y., to welcome all U.S. men's rotating championships.
"Canterbury Golf Club's rich tradition in championship golf makes it a wonderful match to be the host for the 70th Senior PGA Championship," said PGA of America President Brian Whitcomb. "You can scan the pages of history and see what great champions have walked Canterbury's fairways. We anticipate a great week of golf in Ohio at next year's Senior PGA Championship."
Canterbury Golf Club opened its doors to premier championships in 1932, hosting the Western Open won by Ralph Guldahl in a playoff over Horton Smith. It followed by hosting the 1940 and 1946 U.S. Open Championships, won respectively by Lawson Little and Lloyd Mangrum.
In 1964, Canterbury hosted the U.S. Amateur Championship, won by William Campbell of Huntingdon, W. Va.; and in 1973, Ohio native Jack Nicklaus marked the 55th PGA Championship as his 14th major title. In 1996, Dave Stockton posted a two-stroke victory at Canterbury to win the U.S. Senior Open.
Canterbury was constructed to embrace the natural topography of high elevation, rolling hills, flowing brooks and lush wooded areas.
"The men and women of Canterbury Golf Club are very pleased and proud that The PGA of America has selected our course as the home of the 2009 Senior PGA Championship," said 2009 Senior PGA Championship General Chair Bill Townsend. "We have a long list of hosting great competitions and in 2009 will add to our club's tradition. But, most importantly, next May the residents of Ohio and surrounding states can see first-hand some of the greatest golfers of the world."
Take a hole-by-hole walking tour of Canterbury County Club in Beachwood, Ohio, site of the 70th Senior PGA Championship as PGA Professional Craig Murray provides analysis.