The site of this week’s Wells Fargo Championship—Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, N.C., is a veteran host of PGA Tour events, but next year will mark its debut as the venue of a major when the PGA Championship comes to town. Here are a few numbers to keep in mind regarding Quail Hollow, the Wells Fargo, and the PGA.
2 The number of previous visits to North Carolina for the PGA Championship: 1936 at Pinehurst No. 2 (won by Denny Shute) and 1974 at Tanglewood Golf Club in Winston-Salem (won by Lee Trevino).
3 The number of new holes that will be created at Quail Hollow between now and the PGA. Major changes will be made to the front nine as part of a master plan by course architect Tom Fazio. The 1st hole will be converted from a short par four to a long one for the pros, so long it will play as a par five for the members. The change will eliminate the current second hole. Meanwhile, the par-five 5th hole will be replaced by a par four and a par three.
7 Quail Hollow’s current ranking among North Carolina’s top courses, according to a panel of golf-knowledgeable North Carolinians. The top six are Pinehurst No. 2, Grandfather Golf & Country Club, Old North State Club, Country Club of North Carolina, Pine Needles, and Elk River. (North Carolina has approximately 550 courses.)
29 The competitive record for nine holes at Quail Hollow, posted on the front nine by Phil Mickelson in 2014. (Mickelson has seven Top 10 finishes in the Wells Fargo but has never won it.)
32 The number of PGA Tour events that have been held at Quail Hollow: 11 Kemper Opens (1969–79); 7 Paine Webber Invitationals (1983–89), and 14 Wells Fargo Championships (2003–2016). Next year, the Wells Fargo will shift to Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, to allow Quail Hollow to prepare for the PGA.
60 In dollars, the price of admission to the Wells Fargo this weekend.
61 The Quail Hollow competitive course record, set in round three last year by Rory McIlroy who broke his own record of five years earlier by a stroke. He went on to better the 72-hole tournament record by five strokes, scoring a seven-stroke victory on a total of 267, 21 under par.
88 The average high temperature in Charlotte during the month of August. (The PGA will be played August 10–13, 2017.)
90-115 In dollars, the daily ticket prices at the PGA.
1,100 The number of temporary jobs that will be created in connection with the PGA—everything from on-course construction to security to catering.
1,222 The yardage of Quail Hollow’s fearsome last three holes known as the Green Mile (actual closer to ¾ mile). The par-four 16th plays 508 yards to a green guarded by a lake left and a bunker right;17 is a 221-yard shot to a peninsula green fronted by sand; and the home hole climbs 493 with a creek running along its left side. In last year’s Wells Fargo, these three holes ranked second, third, and first, respectively, in scoring difficulty.
2021 The year a second major event is scheduled to come to Quail Hollow, the Presidents Cup.
7,562 Quail Hollow’s yardage from the championship tees.
200,000 The expected attendance at the 2017 PGA Championship.
1,326,653 In dollars, the average listing price of a home in the Quail Hollow area. (Currently 18 homes are on the market.)
7,300,000 In dollars, the total purse for the 2017 PGA—$1,314,000 will go to the Champion.
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