The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course located in Benton Harbor, Mich., has been named the site of the 73nd Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid in 2012 as well as the 75th Senior PGA Championship in May 2014.
Benton Harbor is the home of KitchenAid, part of Whirlpool Corporation's unmatched portfolio of leading consumer appliance brands.
"The Senior PGA Championship's tradition of bringing together the strongest field in senior golf now welcomes a legendary partner of the business community in Whirlpool Corporation, one of the world's most respected and recognizable companies, and its iconic KitchenAid brand," PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Joe Steranka said in May 2010. "The PGA of America is extremely proud to be associated with KitchenAid, Whirlpool Corporation and its nearly 67,000 employees. We appreciate the company's commitment to the Senior PGA Championship, the communities that will host this great championship and the potential for growing audiences through the company and the KitchenAid brand's influence and support."
The Senior PGA Championship will make its first appearance in Michigan in 2012 at The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, a 6,861-yard, par-71 course that is part of the 530-acre Harbor Shores development that spans part of Benton Harbor, St. Joseph and Benton Charter Township in Southwest Michigan.
The Harbor Shores project is a leading force in the revitalization of the Benton Harbor and St. Joseph communities, and is expected to quickly become one of the premier golf destinations in the Midwest.
"We are pleased and proud that KitchenAid will be the presenting sponsor of the Senior PGA Championship," said Deb O'Connor, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. "KitchenAid and Whirlpool Corporation have a long track record for doing the right things, including Cook for the Cure, our partnership with Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer, our 10-year partnership with Habitat For Humanity, and many other programs that help improve lives and communities."
"The Senior PGA, KitchenAid brand and Whirlpool Corporation's alliance presents an opportunity to show how business and golf can help to strengthen and transform lives and communities," said Jeff Noel, corporate vice president, Whirlpool Corporation. "Hosting the championship in 2012 and 2014 will turn the eyes of the golf world to Benton Harbor Michigan, where the Harbor Shores development is already making a difference and driving positive, lasting change in our community."
The Golf Club at Harbor Shores was ranked No. 3 on the 2010 Best New Courses You Can Play list compiled by GOLF Magazine. In describing the course, GOLF Magazine said, "One of the year's feel-good stories is this short but stern Jack Nicklaus Signature design that weaves through hardwoods, marshland and the massive white sand dunes that edge Lake Michigan on holes 7, 8 and 9. Developers are hopeful the course will help kick-start this long-depressed area of southwest Michigan."
Harbor Shores Managing Director Mark Hesemann said, "The team at Harbor Shores is very proud of this recognition. I had the honor to be a part of Jack Nicklaus' team for a number of years and it was truly rewarding to have the opportunity to work with him again.
"To this day, I will not forget the first time we toured Jack through the land that was going to be used for the course. He looked at me and said, 'Where did you find this place?' Then he began working his magic to design another award-winning course."
Nicklaus Design, founded by golf legend and preeminent designer Jack Nicklaus, has placed at least one course in the GOLF Magazine
Best New Courses You Can Play list for 14 straight years, which is the longest active streak by any design firm in the rankings' history. Since the first annual list of the 10 best public-access courses was released in 1990 by GOLF, Nicklaus Design has placed 21 courses, including 14 from 1997-2007.
"With Harbor Shores, we set out really to change a community," Nicklaus said. "This wasn't just about a golf course. This was a non-profit project. That's the important part of it. When we started, we had a factory where the first tee is. We had to remove toxic waste and buildings. But in the end, the whole course looks beautiful and we hope is enjoyable to play."
Opened in August 2010, The Golf Club at Harbor Shores held its grand opening celebration by hosting the "Champions for Change" golf challenge, featuring a charity skins match between course designer Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Johnny Miller. A few months prior to that historic grouping of golf legends, it was announced that The Golf Club at Harbor Shores will host the 2012 and 2014 Senior PGA Championships.
In playing in the grand opening event, Nicklaus said, "I thought the golf course was in fantastic condition. The golf course was quite good and I'm quite proud of it. I'm also proud that I was asked to be a part of this project."
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About Harbor Shores
Harbor Shores is Lake Michigan's first beach and golf resort community, just 100 miles east of Chicago in Benton Harbor/ St. Joseph, Mich. The community's central amenity is an 18-hole, public Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that offers stunning views of Lake Michigan. The 530-acre master-planned community plans to feature a full calendar of events and world-class amenities, including a marina village and river walk, restaurants and shops, deep-water marinas, a boutique hotel and spa, miles of recreational trails and rivers, and acres of parks and green space. Harbor Shores will be home to nearly 800 residences, including charming cottages, custom homes, town homes and condominiums.
Harbor Shores, a non-profit developer, is investing in the future of Southwest Michigan and building this resort community and golf course, to be a catalyst to support ongoing economic, environmental, and social revitalization efforts. This visionary project is a public-private partnership and truly one of a kind in the country.
About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $17 billion in 2009, 67,000 employees, and 67 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world. Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com.
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.