I have a friend who’s a member at Valhalla and I played here in May 2008 after a gap of some four years since I last played here and the changes made by Nicklaus ahead of the Ryder Cup are quite significant. I found the course much tougher. Six shots tougher according to my friend, depending on how devilish the course manager is feeling with pin placements. Four greens have been reshaped, half a dozen new bunkers added and they’ve even changed the grass type on every green. Much has been done also to make Valhalla a more spectator friendly course and this does nothing to improve the layout in my opinion but it’s a requirement of the merry-go-round. I remain unconvinced that the remodelled Valhalla is better than the old one but it’s still a tough track and will be enjoyed by all Nicklaus design fans. Frankly I’m not one of them.
Date: September 01, 2008