Only one golf course in America has hosted every single major championship other than the Masters. That would be Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y., where Jack Nicklaus won his 17th major back in 1980, six years before his 18th and final major victory at Augusta.

With less than a month remaining before the season’s second major, we still do not know if the 2023 PGA Championship field will include Tiger Woods. Last Wednesday, Woods had fusion surgery on his right ankle to alleviate arthritis from a broken bone, putting his playing status for any more of this season’s majors in doubt.

The upstate New York location brings the 2023 PGA Championship back to the site of three past PGA Tour Championships, since the Donald Ross-designed East Course hosted this tournament in 1980, 2003 and 2013. It is the most popular of the PGA Championship host sites.

Like the Masters earlier this month, this event on the PGA Tour calendar will bring together the world’s top golfers. What makes the PGA Championship unique is the inclusion of 20 club pros, who qualify through sectional tournaments. For four days from May 18-21, these golfers will get to play with the big boys.

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Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course, which hosts the major tournaments, is built around the east branch of Allen Creek, which acts as a lateral hazard on nine of its 18 holes. It has been upgraded by two of the finest golf architects ever, Robert Trent Jones and Tom Fazio. In 1941, a local newspaper posted a $5,000 purse that attracted the greatest golfers in the world, including Sam Snead, Walter Hagen, and Ben Hogan. That put Oak Hill on the map.

Ranking the Top 10 Best PGA Championship venues of all time

  1. 2022 PGA Championship: Southern Hills Country Club
    Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
    PGAs hosted: Five
    Champions: Justin Thomas (2022), Tiger Woods (2007), Nick Price (1997), Raymond Floyd (1982), Dave Stockton (1970)

The course is ranked No. 30 among Golf Digest’s 2013-2014 “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.” It also hosted the PGA in 1970, 1982, 1994, and 2007. It now plays 7,556 yards, compared to 6,834 yards in 1994.

  1. 1997 PGA Championship: Winged FootLocation: Mamaroneck, N.Y.
    PGAs hosted: One
    Champion: Davis Love III

One of the top clubs in Westchester County, north of New York City, it has hosted six U.S. Opens. Claude Harmon Sr. was the head professional at Winged Foot when he won the 1948 Masters.

  1. 2021 PGA Championship: Ocean CourseLocation: Kiawah Island, South Carolina
    PGAs hosted: One
    Champion: Mickelson

Two years ago, Phil Mickelson became the oldest major champion in history when he won this event at age 50. Designed by Pete Dye and hugging the banks of the Atlantic Ocean, the Ocean Course got on the map when it played host to the 1991 Ryder Cup.

  1. 2015 PGA Championship: Whistling StraitsLocation: Haven, Wisconsin
    PGAs hosted: Three
    Champions: Jason Day (2015), Martin Kaymer (2010), and Vijay Singh (2004)

The Straits Course along the shores of Lake Michigan replicates the ancient seaside links courses of the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was designed by Pete and Alice Dye and opened in 1998. It plays 7,790 yards, which is quite long – even for a championship course.

  1. 2019 PGA Championship: Bethpage BlackLocation: Bethpage, N.Y.
    PGAs hosted: One
    Champion: Brooks Koepka

One of five public courses at Bethpage State Park, it is known for the warning sign at the first tee, placed in the early 1980s, which reads "WARNING The Black Course Is An Extremely Difficult Course Which We Recommend Only For Highly Skilled Golfers."

  1. 2008 PGA Championship: Oakland Hills

    Location: Bloomfield, Michigan
    PGAs hosted: Three
    Champions: Padraig Harrington (2008), David Graham (1979), Gary Player (1972)

This private club consists of two 18-hole courses designed by Donald Ross: the South Course (1918) and the North Course (1923). It also has played host to six U.S. Opens, the 2004 Ryder Cup, and the 2002 and 2016 U.S. Amateur.

  1. 2005 PGA Championship: BaltusrolLocation: Springfield, N.J
    PGAs hosted: Two
    Champions: Jimmy Walker (2016), Mickelson (2005).

At the same course where seven U.S. Opens were held, Phil Mickelson earned his first PGA Championship and second major title by flopping a chip out of deep rough to 2 feet for birdie on the final hole, giving him a one-shot victory. Designed by A.W. Tillinghast, it was the site of two of Jack Nicklaus’ U.S. Open victories.

  1. 2006 PGA Championship: Medinah Country Club

    Location: Medinah, Illinois
    PGAs hosted: Two
    Champions: Woods (2006 and 1999).

At the height of Tigermania, Tiger Woods won by five strokes, shooting 18 under par for his second PGA Championship at this suburban Chicago private club, which holds three championship-level courses.

  1. 2014 PGA Championship: Valhalla Golf Club

    Location: Louisville, Kentucky
    PGAs hosted: Three
    Champions: Rory McIlroy (2014), Tiger Woods (2000), Mark Brooks (1996).

This was a classic one-stroke victory for Rory McIlroy over Phil Mickelson on a wild Sunday in which several players held the lead. Needing eagle on 18 to tie McIlroy, Mickelson's chip from off the green narrowly missed.

  1. 2020 PGA Championship: Harding Park

    Location: San Francisco, California
    PGAs hosted: One
    Champions: Morikawa (2020)

A public course located in the southwest area of San Francisco along the shores of Lake Merced, it is named after President Warren Harding, an avid golfer who died in office while visiting San Francisco two years before the course opened in 1925.  The 2020 PGA Championship was played during the COVID-19 pandemic without spectators. Several players competed for the lead in the final round, and it was only after a birdie on the 14th and an eagle on the short par-4 16th that Collin Morikawa was able to break away from the field. At age 23, he became the third-youngest PGA Championship winner since World War II.

Parameters of Rankings

Everyone’s top 10 is different, but what we went for here were memorable moments, scenery and drama, just as we did in our Masters predictions column when we correctly predicted Jon Rahm’s victory.

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