Golf fans across the world will have their eyes on St. Louis in August 2018 to watch or attend the 100th PGA Championship.
It's being hosted by the Bellerive Country Club August 6-12, 2018. Almost one year out from the tournament, Bellerive invited city and county officials, club members and media to get a "first look" at what to expect from the tournament.
A round of 18 holes and Q &A with tournament planners was how the country club marked the beginning of the one-year countdown.
"You'll never feel fully prepared until you're done," said Mike DeCola, the 100th PGA Chairman.
Decola says they plan to weave in as much of "St. Louis" as they can into the tournament so that everyone in attendance and playing knows what city they are in.
"We would expect there to be on the course, some taste of St. Louis at the concession stands," said DeCola.
This isn't just a PGA Championship, it's the 100th one. Organizers say a big reason they were chosen for the centennial was that Bellerive started the nonprofit "PGA Reach."
Flint Fowler, in charge of the program, says, "It'll help young people learn how to not only play golf but understand the etiquette of golf and to practice healthy lifestyles."
PGA Reach started back in 2007 and it was founded at Bellerive. Today, it's not just local, but helping kids across the country. The kids who are in this program will be part of the 100th PGA Championship in some way.
"We will have a chance to have young people come out and be exposed to the tournament and get a chance to interact with some of the players," said Fowler.
This is the beginning of a very exciting time for St. Louis, especially for long time PGA announcer and St. Louis native, Jay Randolph.
"It'll be very special for me," said Randolph. He believes this city is deserving of hosting a tournament like this one. "It gives an opportunity to show that St.Louis rallies around the game and does such a wonderful job supporting it in our area," said Randolph.
Tickets will start going on sale August 14, 2017. The first three days of the tournament week will cost $35 for a day pass. The final four tournament days will be $100 for a day pass. The whole week costs $325. Kids under the age of 17 get in for free.
All 4,000 volunteers positions have been filled already. DeCola says 83 percent of them are from Missouri, and 36 states and four countries are represented among the volunteers.
"Explore St. Louis" believes the 100th PGA Championship will have a $100 million economic impact on St. Louis.
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