Thanks to the PGA of America, I was issued press credentials for last week’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska. You can check out the stories I wrote and the photos I took at the Golfing in Minnesota web site.
The whole experience was wonderful, yet very tiring. I have new respect for professional beat writers who travel week after week covering events like this. I also see how athletes could get sick of the same questions and demands over and over. It’s nice to make a living by playing a game, but I can see the negatives too.
It’s always nice when Minnesota is the center of attention and makes a good impression. Everyone seems to like Hazeltine for events like this and the only complaint I heard (the grass on the greens) is being addressed (the club will rip out everything and plant a new variety next year).
The 2016 Ryder Cup will be the next major golf event at Hazeltine – I think I need to set a new goal of becoming a Hazeltine member by then. Go big or go home, right?Originally published by DK on August 18, 2009 at 9:19 pm