Crenshaw-Coore's Colorado GC picked for 71st Senior PGA
The Senior PGA Championship will visit Colorado for the first time when the 71st edition of senior golf's oldest and most prestigious event is staged at Colorado Golf Club. Co-designed by Bill Coore and two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw, Colorado Golf Club opened in 2007 and was immediately recognized by GOLF Magazine as one of the top new private courses in the country.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Colorado Golf Club, which opened for play in 2007 as one of the premier new courses in America, has been selected as the site of the 71st Senior PGA Championship, the most historic and prestigious event in senior golf. The Championship will be contested May 24-30, 2010, at the course in Parker, Colo., approximately 25 minutes southeast of Denver.
Co-designed by Bill Coore and two-time Masters Champion and 1999 Ryder Cup Captain Ben Crenshaw, Colorado Golf Club was recognized in 2007 by GOLF Magazine as one of the top new private courses in the country. It will become the site of the first PGA of America-conducted major championship in Colorado since 1985 when Hubert Green captured the 67th PGA Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver.
The 71st Senior PGA Championship also becomes the third major championship in senior golf to be conducted in Colorado, following the 1993 U.S. Senior Open at Cherry Hills and the 2008 U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor.
"Colorado Golf Club's pedigree on the American golf landscape is barely over two years old, but it lies on a piece of property that seems like it was destined to be the site of a great golf course," said PGA of America President Jim Remy. "The PGA of America is very excited to be able to host the Senior PGA Championship at Colorado Golf Club in the spring of 2010, which will connect the greatest senior players in the game to Colorado's enthusiastic and knowledgeable golf fans."
Colorado Golf Club rests in an undisturbed enclave in Parker, Colo., surrounded by 1,100 acres of open space. The par-72 layout can be stretched to 7,604 yards, making it the longest to host a Senior PGA Championship in the rarefied air of Colorado.
"The Colorado Golf Club is a beautiful natural site for golf," said Crenshaw. "The excellent topography lent itself to a diversity of holes, providing a challenge to all golfers. It's a well-rounded test which will showcase the individual player's skills in the Senior PGA Championship."
Colorado Golf Club plays through open meadows, wooded hillsides, natural barrancas and streams. It features a variety of hole orientations and intriguing mix of shots, short and long, uphill and downhill. The course demands imaginative shotmaking that will challenge every aspect of a golfer's game.
Begun in 1937, the Senior PGA Championship is the oldest major championship in senior golf. It was born on the grounds of another of golf's majors at the invitation of one of the game's greatest players. At the suggestion of renowned amateur Bobby Jones, the inaugural Senior PGA Championship was conducted at Augusta National Golf Club three years after the first Masters Tournament.
Today, the Senior PGA Championship brings together both the legends of the game and the newest members of senior professional golf to new audiences throughout the United States.
Many of the game's greatest players have won the Championship's Alfred S. Bourne Trophy -- a roster that features Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin, Tom Watson and Jay Haas.
For more information about the 2010 Senior PGA Championship, visit www.SeniorPGA2010.com
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