Hey, Sammamish: get ready for the crowds. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is coming to Sahalee Country Club, making it the first time this championship event will be held in the Pacific Northwest. During the first part of June, the Eastside suburb will be home to the biggest names in women’s golf.
In 2015, 26-year-old South Korean golfer Inbee Park finished 19-under par to win for the third consecutive year.
“One of the key pieces of our collaboration with KPMG and the PGA of America was the commitment to bringing this championship to world-class venues, and Sahalee Country Club will provide a great major championship test for our players,” LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan said in a statement. “The Pacific Northwest has always been a strong supporter of the LPGA and we are excited to bring the tour back to Seattle.”
Sahalee was created in 1967 on the Sammamish Plateau. The par-72 course was designed by nationally recognized course architect Ted Robinson, and renovated by Rees Jones. The course, featuring 85 sand bunkers and six water hazards surrounded by native cedar and Douglas fir trees, was imagined and built to be a championship course. That dream was realized in 1998 when the PGA Championship and its star players came to play the green.
The championship will take place June 9-12, and is a collaboration between the PGA of America, LPGA, and KPMG. The day before the tournament, Sahalee will host the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit.
This article originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of 425 Business.