Jack Nicklaus Redesigning Valhalla

The Ryder Cup Matches will come back to the U.S. at Valhalla for the 2008 competition. The Golden Bear himself, Jack Nicklaus, hopes to "spice" up the course in order to avoid the Ryder Cup players beating the course with driver-wedge play. Nicklaus has been employed to redesign the Valhalla course in Louisville, Kentucky hoping to add yardage and hazards to make more difficult competition. Valhalla has played host several times to the PGA of America's tournaments, hosting the 1996 and 2000 PGA Championships and the 2004 Senior PGA Championship. Nicklaus said on modern golf, "In the 20 years since we did the golf course, golf equipment has changed dramatically. The ability of the players has changed dramatically with the equipment. To challenge the players of today ... we need to add a little bit more spice to it." Nicklaus also felt that the "old" game of golf prior to modern technological advancements was more enjoyable. The current championship layout plays at 7,200 yards, yet will be expanded probably well over 7,500 yards.

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