CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As the Wells Fargo Championship celebrates its 10-year anniversary, a curious cloud has taken shape over this week’s event as the future of one of the PGA Tour’s most popular golf courses remains in doubt.
Quail Hollow Club, home of the Wells Fargo since it joined the circuit in 2003, is scheduled to host the 2017 PGA Championship and the layout’s current contract with the Tour is set to expire after the 2014 event.
“We’ve got one of the best courses tee to green I think we play all year,” Phil Mickelson said of Quail Hollow.
Whether the event remains at Quail Hollow is likely up to club president Johnny Harris, who told the Charlotte Observer this week that he has had preliminary talks with the Tour but is “waiting on someone to pick up the dance card.”
Even if an agreement is reached with the club the event could not be played in 2016 and ’17 as officials prepare the course for the PGA Championship.
One official told GTC on Wednesday that the Tour has visited nearby Charlotte Country Club and that the initial review of that course was positive, although there are some logistical concerns that would need to be worked out.
Carmel Country Club, which is just across the street from Quail Hollow, could also be an option.
Another issue that may complicate things is the current sponsorship contract with Wells Fargo, which expires after the 2014 event.