Air Charter to the PGA Championship with Le Bas International

Air Charter to the PGA Championship with Le Bas International this summer!

The 2018 PGA Championship is the forthcoming 100th PGA Championship that will take place from August 9–12 at Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country, Missouri, a suburb west of St. Louis. This will be the second PGA Championship and third major at Bellerive. It will also be the last held in the month of August; just before the 2017 tournament, the PGA announced that the Championship will move to May in 2019. The PGA Championship (often referred to as the U.S. PGA Championship or U.S. PGA outside the United States) is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. It is one of the four major championships in professional golf, and it is the golf season’s final major, played in mid-August on the third weekend prior to Labor Day weekend. (It was rescheduled for 2016 to late July to accommodate golf’s return to the Olympics.) It is an official money event on the PGA Tour, European Tour, and Japan Golf Tour, with a purse of $10 million since the 97th edition in 2015.

History

In 1894, with 41 golf courses operating in the United States, two unofficial national championships for amateur golfers were organized. One was held at Newport Country Club in Rhode Island, and the other at St. Andrew’s Golf Club in New York. In addition, and at the same time as the amateur event, St. Andrew’s conducted an Open championship for professional golfers. None of the championships was officially sanctioned by a governing body for American golf, causing considerable controversy among players and organizers. Later in 1894 this led to the formation of the United States Golf Association (USGA), which became the first formal golf organization in the country. After the formation of the USGA, golf quickly became a sport of national popularity and importance.

In February 1916 the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) was established in New York City. One month earlier, the wealthy department store owner Rodman Wanamaker hosted a luncheon with the leading golf professionals of the day at the Wykagyl Country Club in nearby New Rochelle. The attendees prepared the agenda for the formal organization of the PGA; consequently, golf historians have dubbed Wykagyl “The Cradle of the PGA.”  The first PGA Championship was held in October 1916 at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, New York. The winner, Jim Barnes, received $500 and a diamond-studded gold medal donated by Rodman Wanamaker. The 2016 winner, Jimmy Walker, earned $1.8 million. The champion is also awarded a replica of the Wanamaker Trophy, which was also donated by Wanamaker, to keep for one year, and a smaller-sized keeper replica Wanamaker Trophy.

Bellerive Country Club

Founded in 1897 as The Field Club with a nine-hole golf course, the membership incorporated in 1910, moved the club to Normandy and named the club Bellerive after Louis St. Ange De Bellerive, the last French Governor in North America. The original Normandy course was designed by Scotsman Robert Foulis. In 1955, the members decided to relocate and chose Robert Trent Jones, Sr. to select the land and design the new golf course.  The club relocated to Creve Coeur in 1960.  Five years later, in 1965, the club hosted the United States Open, the youngest course to ever host an Open Championship.  Gary Player won the 1965 Championship, completing the career grand slam in the process. Bellerive went on to host the inaugural United States Mid-Amateur Championship in 1981, won by St. Louisan Jim Holtgrieve.  In 1992, Bellerive hosted the PGA Championship which became the first major championship won by Nick Price.  Price finished three strokes ahead of a group that included Nick Faldo.  In 2001, the club was prepared to host 70 of the world’s best golfers at the WGC American Express Championship when the terrorist attacks of 9/11 forced cancellation of the event.  Bellerive then hosted the 2004 United States Senior Open, won by Peter Jacobson, the 2008 BMW Championship and the 2013 Senior PGA Championship, thus becoming only the third club to host all four US major traveling championships.

The course underwent a major renovation in 2006 led by Rees Jones, the son of Robert Trent Jones, Sr. to provide Noticeable changes include the tree removal and lake construction on #2, making the hole one of two potentially drivable Par 4s (with the changes to #11), the straightened 618 yard Par 5 Eighth Hole, and the picturesque 482 yard Par 4 Twelfth Hole. In 2013 Rees Jones, facilitated additional course modifications. These modifications included a complete reconstruction of the bunkers and the installation of a unique championship bunker sand. Turf lines throughout the course were also modified. These changes predominately were around bunkers, creek edges and at all putting surface complexes. The modified design increased the aesthetics and introduced new playing challenges coupled with enhanced vistas and sightlines, Bellerive’s progressive modifications have added to its historic legacy and national championship appeal. As with the original design, the difficulty of the course is best demonstrated by holes 14 through 17, known as “the Ridge.”  All of the holes on “the Ridge” play into the prevailing southerly wind. Hole 14 is the last of Bellerive’s strategic 4 par. Hole 15 (495 yards) and 16 (235 yards) are long but straight forward challenges. With hole 17 being a difficult, but reachable par 5, where the 100th PGA Championship in 2018 could well be decided by an eagle or birdie.

Air Charter to the PGA Championship

Le Bas International has been assisting golf professionals and their fans with private jet and helicopter air charter services for over 28 years. Contact us 24/7 for a non-obligation quote or click this link to fly to charter to the closest airports listed below:

Domestic airports near Town and Country, MO

16 miles: Saint Louis, MO (STL / KSTL) Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
27 miles: Saint Louis, MO (CPS / KCPS) St. Louis Downtown Airport
44 miles: Belleville, IL (BLV / KBLV) MidAmerica St. Louis Airport
44 miles: Alton, IL (ALN / KALN) St. Louis Regional Airport

 

 

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