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Senior PGA Championship: Changes to the course

May 22, 2019 11:40 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Thursday marks the first round of the Senior PGA Championship, but there's already talk about what to do to the course for future events, quite specifically the PGA Championship in 2023.

There are lots of course redesign coming to the East Course, and Rochester's own Jeff Sluman is part of the design team. There will be three new holes. For example, the fifth hole will be to the right of the fourth.

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A lot of trees will need to be cleared out to turn that into a par 3... but the green for that par 3 is already in place

This is in hopes of returning the course back to the original Donald Ross design from when the course opened in the 20's

The other major change is coming to the 15th hole. There's a pond there now, and if you like water features you better check it out this weekend because soon that pond is getting filled in.

Jeff Sluman described what he hopes to accomplish with the new course design- and one of his fellow players is also excited for the changes.

"We're going to incorporate that [older] look and that feel into the 15th hole, it'll be great for the spectators because it'll feel like they're on top of the play, right off the edge of that green," said Sluman.

"I'm anxious to see it going back to the original," said Jay Haas, the 2008 Senior PGA Champion, "Jeff Sluman's a great friend, he's been talking about it for a couple years. I guess I always thought that 15 didn't really fit the course, there are no ponds or lakes on old golf courses."

"That hole just didn't seem to fit, so I wouldn't be sad to see that one go, that's for sure." 

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News10NBC is the official home for your Senior PGA Championship coverage. We'll have live reports from Oak Hill Country Club and coverage throughout the week on WHEC.com

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