The development of Harbor Shores as a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course and its hosting of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship has had a tremendous economic impact on Benton Harbor and Southwest Michigan, and this positive narrative will continue well beyond the cancellation of the 2020 Championship. With future KitchenAid Senior PGA Championships slated for May of 2022 & 2024 and thousands of fun golf rounds for amateurs to enjoy as well, the next chapters of this epic are slated to be tremendous.
The story of Harbor Shores and the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship is one of partnership, ingenuity and community, and to truly appreciate it, one has to understand that it’s so much bigger than golf. Jack Nicklaus summed it up perfectly: “With Harbor Shores, we set out really to change a community. 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 it is enjoyable to play.”
And enjoyable it is… Harbor Shores is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, and it has been delighting golfers and golf fans since its grand-opening round with golf legends Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer. That special day at Harbor Shores in August of 2010 was headlined by Nicklaus sinking a double-breaking, 100+ foot putt, and the great shots and amazing moments at this Benton Harbor gem have just continued onward.
This great narrative just keeps getting richer as the years go on. In 2018, the Nicklaus family added another level of positive impact with the announcement of an annual college scholarship of $25,000.
And rest assured, more big things are coming to Harbor Shores, the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and Benton Harbor in the future.
To gain a better understanding of how Harbor Shores and the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship impact Benton Harbor and the surrounding areas, check out this comprehensive video
with Rob Cleveland, President and CEO Cornerstone Alliance, Deb O’Connor, Director of Global Corporate Reputation and Community Relations for Whirlpool Corporation and Ryan Ogle, Championship Director for KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.