Quail Hollow set for dramatic changes ahead of 2017 PGA Championship

Quail Hollow set for dramatic changes ahead of 2017 PGA Championship

Ahead of stepping into the major spotlight, Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte will undergo some serious changes ahead of hosting the 2017 PGA Championship.

The Charlotte Observer reports the club is expected to work with designer Tom Fazio, who redid the George Cobb 1961 design in 1997, on implementing a plan that largely centers on the club's front nine.

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The first hole will be lengthened to a longer par 4 -- which will play as a par 5 for the membership -- with the new green located near the current green for the par-3 second hole. That second hole will be eliminated.


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The current par-5 fifth hole will be removed and cut into a par 3 and a par 4, effectively replacing the cut current No. 2.

Ultimately, the par will be reduced by one.

The par-4 11th may also be lengthened by pushing back the green and toughened further by moving an existing fairway bunker down the hole some 80 yards to bring it more into play off the tee.

In 2013, the club took the first step in this Fazio-drafted plan, creating a new 16th hole.


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