PGA Grand Slam

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf was an annual end of season mini-tournament contested by the winners (or alternates) of the four major championships in professional golf: The Open, the US Open, the PGA Championship and The Masters Tournament. Organized by the PGA of America, this invitational event was a lucrative way to end each season for four of the best players in the world.

PGA Grand Slam Championship Trophy

The first eight editions, from 1979 to 1990, were played as a one-day, 18-hole stroke play competition before it became a two-day, 36-hole stroke play event, except for 1998 and 1999 when the format was match play. If a golfer won more than one major in a year or if somebody declined to participate, an alternative was appointed who was a former major winner with the best record in that year’s majors.

The competition actually had a forerunner between 1962 and 1975 when the World Series of Golf was a 36-hole annual contest comprising the winners of the four majors at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. The field was increased and the event lengthened to 72 holes when it became an official PGA Tour stop in 1976. This tournament was last played in 1998 as it was replaced the following year at the same venue by the WGC-NC Invitational.

The first Grand Slam event was played at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York in 1979, with Gary Player (that year’s Masters champion) and Andy North (holder of the US Open) tied for first place. It would be the only time the tournament never had a clear winner among the four players taking part. Hazeltine National in Minnesota hosted the year after, followed by Breakers West then PGA National in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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PGA Grand Slam host courses

Breakers (Rees Jones)

82nd Florida - Best in Area

The Breakers oceanfront hotel at Palm Beach is one of America’s legendary destinations and its Rees Jones golf course was awarded “Renovation of the Year 2005”...

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Hazeltine National

5th Minnesota - Best in Area

Hazeltine National Golf Club was modified by Rees Jones (son of RTJ) ahead of the 1991 US Open which turned into a historic battle between Scott Simpson and Payne Stewart.

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Hokuala (Ocean)

19th Hawaii - Best in Area

First set out by Jack Nicklaus within a 36-hole golf facility known as Kauai Lagoons Golf Club in the late 1980s, the remodelled Ocean course at the Hōkūala resort winds through mango and guava groves on a dramatic clifftop property.

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Kemper Lakes

34th Illinois - Best in Area

A private club since 2003, Kemper Lakes Golf Club hosted the PGA Championship in 1989 (won by Payne Stewart) and US Women’s Amateur in 1992 (won by Vicki Goetze), back in the days when it was still a public facility.

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Mid Ocean Club

1st Bermuda Ranking 2nd Caribbean Ranking

The “Father of Golf Architecture”, Charles Blair Macdonald and his associate, Seth Raynor, originally laid out the Mid Ocean Club course and it opened for play in 1924 adjacent to the Atlantic.

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Oak Hill (East)

12th New York - Best in Area 64th USA Ranking 73rd North America Ranking

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Well, according to the top touring pros and the Seven Dwarfs, it’s the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester.

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PGA National (Champion)

53rd Florida - Best in Area

The star attraction on the PGA National menu is the Champion course, which was the battleground for the 1983 Ryder Cup – one of the closest contests in Ryder Cup history.

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PGA West (Nicklaus Tournament)

87th California - Best in Area

The PGA Tour’s CareerBuilder Challenge event (once known as the Bob Hope Classic) used both the Nicklaus Tournament course (featuring two island greens) and Pete Dye’s TPC Stadium course at PGA West to co-host the tournament in 2016.

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Poipu Bay

9th Hawaii - Best in Area

Poipu Bay Golf Club hosted the end of season Grand Slam of Golf tournament from 1994 to 2006 before it moved to Bermuda.

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PGA Grand Slam Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Bob McCoy Courses Played 8
= David Harak Courses Played 8
3 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 7
= Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 7
= James Gold Courses Played 7
6 Joshua Asher Courses Played 6
= Doug Roberts Courses Played 6
= P Soracco Courses Played 6
9 Bill Vostniak Courses Played 5
= Nikolas Kroisi Courses Played 5