The 73rd Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid makes its first appearance in Michigan in 2012 at The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, happening now through May 27th. Today, Ross Smith, Director of Golf at Harbor Shores, answers our questions on the tournament and gives an overview of what players can expect from the course throughout the season.
Q: Who can attendees expect to see playing this year?
A: Fans can expect to see the greatest players in senior golf including Fred Couples, Hale Irwin, Jeff Sluman, Kenny Perry, Brad Faxon and more.
Q: What makes Harbor Shores such a unique golf course?
A: One reason Harbor Shores is so unique is due to the environmental cleanup involved. The first time I saw the property in fall 2008, the present driving range and first hole were only gravel and trash, and still had about 50,000 square-feet of old abandoned factories and foundries on top of it. When Jack Nicklaus’ team made their first visit, they had to rent a bull dozer to move the trash and debris just to see the ground. It is amazing to see the significant environmental efforts that have taken place to clean-up the area that is now Harbor Shores.
A: In addition to the greatest players in senior golf coming to Harbor Shores, to see the course’s current condition is nothing short of amazing. Due to the hard work of Harbor Shores Course Superintendent Brad Fry and the entire KemperSports staff, the entire turf condition of the golf course is second to none. The players participating in the Championship will have no idea that the golf course has only been open for play since July 2010.
Q: How can beginners get involved with golf at the Golf Club at Harbor Shores?
A: In addition to offering lessons to all golfers, the learning academy at Harbor Shores is also home to The First Tee of Benton Harbor. The driving range plays west to east, and the academy sits on the south end of the range, which helps out for fall/winter instruction and practice time. We have state-of-the-art V1 video, as well as a Trackman Launch Monitor. From instruction to club fitting, our facility can meet the needs of players of all skill levels. Our new First Tee academy serves as a great resource for the community and helps juniors get involved and learn the game of golf.
Q: Where can people go to learn more about the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid?
A: Fans can visit www.spga2012.com to learn more about the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.