PGA of America Championship & Donald Ross & Dunedin

The PGA Championship was born in the mind of department store owner Rodman Wanamaker, who saw the merchandising possibilities in a professional golfers’ organization.

Wanamaker invited some prominent golfers and other leading industry representatives to a luncheon at the Taplow Club in New York City.

On Jan. 17, 1916, a group of 35 individuals, including the legendary Walter Hagen, convened for an exploratory meeting, which resulted in the formation of The PGA of America.

Home of the PGA of America in the early days was Dunedin Country Club in Dunedin, Florida

Quote from website: With the inception at the hands of golf course architect nonpareil Donald Ross himself…to the Home of the PGA of America in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s…to today, Dunedin Golf Club has seen its share of golf history and hosted a veritable “Who’s Who” of American golfers.

It’s considered a badge of honor to Dunedin regulars that Ross designed their course.  In fact, it’s that way at most of the more than 300 courses Ross laid out in the United States from the time he came here from Scotland in the late 1800’s until his death in 1948.  Ross designed many courses in North Carolina but he found time to branch out.  A natural destination was Florida, where less than 20 of his designs are still in operation

LIVE SCORING for the PGA Championship and lots more about this tournament and the Professional Golfer’s Association of America is at

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