It’s been a hot summer in the Mid-West my friends. The earth is scorched. The green grass burnt to a crisp.
The 100th playing of the PGA Championship takes place this weekend in St. Louis, Missouri and the host course, Bellerive Country Club has not been immune to the blistering heat.
Bellerive boasts some of the largest Greens on the Tour and the hot hot heat has been particularly unkind to the course’s putting surfaces.
Check these photos taken by Golf Digest during the lead up practice rounds:
The main concern of players and caddies are concentrated on the edges of the Greens. Chipping with Wedges instead of putting seems to be the agreed upon play.
As for the rest of the course, Bellerive is interesting for only having two Par 5 holes –
But there are a few mighty long 500 yard Par 4 holes:
Temperatures are expected to be in the high 80s/low 90s. Not exactly brutalbut hot nonetheless. Expect some low scoring on Thursday and Friday. A guy who comes out of the gate fast in the first 36 holes just might steal the whole damn thing.