CARMEL, Ind. (April 1, 2016)– A Carmel country club is spending millions of dollars on renovations preparing for the BMW Championship later this year.
Crooked Stick Golf Club's grounds crews are busy adding bunkers, tee boxes and a new drainage system all in an effort to make the course more difficult come September.
In 2012, PGA Tour professionals scored very low as it was a very wet week and players were able to stop the ball easily in the fairways and on the greens.
Rory McIlory won the tournament with a score of 20 under par.
“We’re certainly hoping for better weather this time, and dryer conditions," Crooked Stick Golf Club's Director of Golf Tony Pancake said. "Our course plays the best, most challenging when the conditions are firm and fast."
Tournament organizers are also busy working to create a better experience for fans at the event. Sally White, the BMW Championship Manager, is stationed at the golf course and is currently selling new luxury skyboxes.
“We’re just trying to improve that spectator experience any way we can," White said.
She's also currently finalizing parking plans for the event. Some complained about traffic in 2012. One change she can confirm is there will be a drop off and pick up location for people taking taxis or Uber to the event to reduce congestion.
The PGA estimates this tournament will bring $30 million of economic impact to the Indianapolis area.
“It’s great to see our membership rally behind an event like this and we know how good it is for the Indianapolis community," Pancake said.