LOUISVILLE — At PGA headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Valhalla Golf Club is sometimes referred to as "The Land of Drama," a tribute to the exciting big-time tournaments it has hosted over the past 13 years.
That's one reason the PGA Championship will be returning to Valhalla in 2014.
"History has brought (Valhalla) to the level of a tremendous major championship site," PGA of America President Jim Remy said in making the announcement Thursday morning in Louisville.
That history includes PGA championships in 1996 and 2000, both of which were decided by playoffs, and a stirring Ryder Cup victory by the United States over Europe last September.
"The level of support we've received from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Louisville has been over the top," Remy said. "We have all the confidence in the world we can bring another major championship to Valhalla."
As something of a dress rehearsal for the 2014 PGA Championship, Valhalla will mark its 25th anniversary by hosting the 2011 Senior PGA. The Jack Nicklaus-designed course was the site of that event in 2004, when Hale Irwin won the title.
The 2014 PGA will have a difficult time matching the drama provided in 1996, when Mark Brooks beat Kentuckian Kenny Perry in a playoff, and four years later when Tiger Woods outlasted Bob May on a Sunday of epic golf.
Last year's Ryder Cup, which Remy called "one of the greatest sports events that will ever take place," added another chapter to Valhalla's history.
Asked if the Ryder Cup might return to PGA-owned Valhalla, Remy said it might, but not for a while. Ryder Cup sites already have been determined through 2020.