Director of the 2024 PGA Championship in Louisville expects the event to have a $100 million impact | News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Preparations for the 2024 PGA Championship are well underway at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, and it is expected to be an economic boon to many people and businesses.

Ryan Ogle, the event director, said they are already on the scene in East Louisville.

“The impact is pretty big,” he said as he brought one of the four major golf tournaments to the city. β€œIt really takes years to organize this week-long event. So we’re getting serious, planning how we’re going to host a major championship, welcome hundreds of thousands of guests to the Louisville area, and really put on a show.

“We’re really building a city, inviting everyone to join us, and then tearing everything down.”

Ogle said hotels, restaurants and the local economy will all benefit from the event and out-of-town guests.

β€œOn average, we have over $100 million in economic impact directly on the host community,” he said. “So that’s a big, significant number of heads and beds, people going to restaurants, going the bourbon route. Yes, they come out for a golf event, but they stay for everything else that comes around the event.”

This will be Valhalla’s fourth time hosting the PGA Championship, but there is still a lot of excitement. Louisville-born and 2017 PGA Champion Justin Thomas recently tweeted about the return.

β€œWhen you look at Justin Thomas and some of the names that have fully embraced us, we couldn’t ask for better support,” said Ogle. β€œWe are very grateful to be here and we are ready to put Louisville in the spotlight again.”

In the coming months, the PGA expects to start organizing corporate events, recruiting volunteers and eventually selling tickets.

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