The PGA Championship and golf’s final major of 2018 kicks off this Thursday at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri, as one of the strongest fields in golf compete. It’s been a brutally hot summer in the Midwest, but with lows in the 60s and highs in the 80s, it’s shaping up to be a perfect weekend for golf. Here are some things to know ahead of this weekend’s championship as well as some must-see places, restaurant choices from the locals and a lineup of breweries to keep you interested in your downtime.
Things to Know:
- The Bellerive has some of the biggest greens in golf, totaling more than 10,000 square feet.
- The 2018 PGA will be the second PGA Championship at Bellerive, but the third major. It also hosted the 1965 U.S. Open, which produced a significant moment in golf history: Gary Player won in an 18-hole playoff. This was his only U.S. Open win.
- Jordan Spieth can complete the career Grand Slam. With a win this weekend, he would join only five other golfers – Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
- Holes 14-16 are known as “The Ridge”. The Ridge is comprised of a tough three-hole stretch that typically plays into wind. The 16th is a 235-yard par-3, and a shot into its deep green-side bunker requires more than 30 yards to escape.
- Single-day passes on the grounds begin at $46.00.
Top Things to Do:
- The Arch: This is the most cliche thing you could do while visiting St. Louis, but there’s nothing wrong with that. You can simply visit the arch for free and check out the Mississippi River while you’re there, or take a tour all the way up to the top for only a few bucks.
- The Major Rager: This is a concert that is specifically aimed towards PGA Championship attendees. The Major Rager features Umphrey’s McGee live at Chesterfield Amphitheater on Friday August 10. The Major Rager is a golf-centric music festival that started at the 2014 Masters Tournament and happens at a select few PGA events every year. Buy tickets here.
- Forest Park: Forest Park is a massive park that is beautiful to explore itself. It is also home of the St. Louis Zoo, which is free for everyone!
- City Museum: Whether you have kids, or are simply a kid at heart, this is the ultimate place to go if you’re in the mood for something fun. The City Museum is not as boring as it sounds, and it is in fact a 600,000 square-foot playground that has several architectural structures to climb, caves to explore, a massive ball pit to play in and even a ferris wheel on the roof.
- Cardinals Game: Stick around an extra day and catch the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals at heaven on earth, aka Busch Stadium, on Monday, August 13. Get tickets for the game here.
- Pappy’s: Pappy’s has only been around for ten years or so, but it quickly has become an iconic barbeque restaurant not just in St. Louis, but in the country as well. Food Network has ranked their ribs as #1 in the country. Pappy’s is definitely a place to hit for lunch, as there is usually a line out the door and it sells out quickly every day. It opens at 11 a.m., but I would recommend you get there no later than 10 a.m. It is well worth the wait. While you’re waiting, you can view all the autographed menus that cover the walls from all the celebrities that have dined there.
- Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill: If you are looking for an upscale dining experience in St. Louis, look no further than Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill. The Hill neighborhood is known for having an abundance of excellent Italian restaurants, and Charlie Gitto’s is the highest-rated one out of all of them.
- Twisted Ranch: Twisted Ranch is a fairly new restaurant in St. Louis that has risen in popularity due to becoming viral on the internet for its EVERYTHING Ranch themed menu. Those who wish to try something unique should look no further as Twisted Ranch is the only ranch dressing-themed restaurant in the country.
- Gulf Shores Restaurant and Grill: This is truly a hidden gem in St. Louis and is just a 10-minute drive from the PGA Championship. Gulf Shores Restaurant and Grill is a casual seafood and cajun restaurant that frequently has live music on weekends. It’s also a great place to grab brunch on Sundays.
- Imo’s: If you have never been to St. Louis then this is an essential place to eat! Imo’s is home to St. Louis-style pizza, which is famous for its provel cheese and square slices. Imo’s is great for a quick bite and very family friendly. Don’t forget to order an STL specialty of Toasted Ravioli while you’re there.
- Budweiser: This is the obvious one as St. Louis is known for being home to Budweiser. The brewery is as massive as the brand and it is definitely worth checking out if you have the time.
- Urban Chestnut: Urban Chestnut is another popular brewery in St. Louis that makes and has over 30 craft beers on tap. Urban Chestnut has three locations in St. Louis, but the original one is in Downtown.
- Perennial Artisan Ales: Perennial Artisan Ales is a smaller brewery that is in a warehouse setting. While its batches are small, their selection is not and they typically have over 20 beers to choose from. They also have a great outdoor area that is great for large groups.
- Schlafly: Schlafly is the second biggest beer brand in St. Louis and has two locations. The original location, the Tap Room, is downtown, while the Schlafly Bottleworks is located closer to the PGA Championship in Maplewood.
- Morgan Street Brewery: Morgan Street Brewery is a more upscale pub in the historic Laclede’s Landing neighborhood. Typically Morgan Street has six beers on tap, with them rotating frequently.