Korn Ferry Tour Championship Leaving Victoria National but Staying in Indiana
As the old saying goes, "nothing lasts forever."
After a 12-year run as the host course for the annual Korn Ferry Championship, the nationally-recognized Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh is losing the tournament to another famed course in southern Indiana.
Korn Ferry Tour Championship Moving to French Lick, Indiana
Officials with the Korn Ferry Tour announced the move in a press release on Tuesday saying the deal is for five years beginning with the 2024 Championship, making this year's tournament, scheduled for October 5th through the 8th, the last one Victoria will host.
French Lick is home to two well-respected courses, both named after the men who designed them, The Donald Ross Course and The Pete Dye Course. The Pete Dye Course will host the championship tournament. The press release included the following statement about the move to the new course from Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin:
Adding a demanding, championship-caliber golf course to our schedule, especially for our season-ending event, ensures the top-performing players on the Korn Ferry Tour will be put to the test as they compete to earn PGA TOUR membership. We are very appreciative of Victoria National Golf Club’s hospitality over the last decade, and we are thrilled for what the future holds at French Lick Resort.
The move is not unprecedented. Major golf tournaments are played on different courses all the time. For example, The U.S. Open rotates through a number of different courses, as does The British Open (a.k.a. "The Open Championship"). The first exception to that rule that comes to my mind is The Masters which has been held at Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia every year since 1934.
With that said, I do wonder what type of impact the tournament leaving will have on the Newburgh economy and the surrounding area. While the tournament itself is a four-day event, the golfers and their caddies show up earlier in the week to practice, plus there’s a pro-am, making it nearly a week-long event. It draws hundreds of spectators for those three days, in addition to the aforementioned golfers and their caddies, there’s television crew that's on-site throughout tue week as well. That’s a lot of people spending a lot of money at area hotels, restaurants, bars, and other businesses. Will it break the economy? No. But, I imagine that's several thousand dollars the area will no longer receive which will have to sting a little.
You can see the full announcement regarding the Korn Ferry Tour's decision to move on the PGA Tour website.
[Source: PGA Tour]