A gorgeous setting for golfers … anyone, really.
The PGA of America announced today (Jan. 17) that Twin Warriors Golf Club at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa and Santa Ana Golf Club, will host the 2023 PGA Professional Championship, April 30-May 3. The two golf courses – both gems on the Southwest golfing scene – are located at Santa Ana Pueblo.
The PGA Professional Championship features a 312-player field, drawn from across the nation. The low 20 scorers earn a berth in the 2023 PGA Championship, which will be contested just weeks later on the East Course at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.
“The PGA Professional Championship is the premier event for PGA Members,” said Jim Richerson, PGA of America President. “It is the largest all professional national event in golf and to return it to Twin Warriors and Santa Ana Golf Club for the third time in 20 years is a testament to the degree of hospitality our PGA Professionals receive in the Sun Country PGA Section. Through the leadership of PGA General Manager Derek Gutierrez and his staff, we know the level of service, as well as the on-course challenges that come with these two spectacular layouts, will yield a world class experience for all the participants.”
Located at the foot of the Sandia Mountains just a mile apart, Twin Warrior and Santa Ana Golf Club are both critically acclaimed, while featuring very different designs.
Twin Warriors Golf Club, designed by Gary Panks and opened in 2001, plays through the high desert and is routed in and around 20 ancient cultural sites. Other attributes include beautiful grassy knolls, ridges dotted with Juniper and Pinon Pine, dry washes (arroyos) and eroded land features, along with the sacred butte known as Tuyuna or “Snakehead.”
Heralded for its links style, Santa Ana Golf Club was designed by Ken Killian and former PGA Tour Player Ken Green. At just over 7,300 yards and overlooking the Rio Grande, Santa Ana couples significantly mounded border fairways with minimal forced carries from the tee. The course, which opened in 1991, has very little elevation change; severely sloping greens serve as its greatest defense.
The 2023 PGA Professional Championship will be the third PGA of America Member event to be staged at Twin Warriors, following the 2022 Senior PGA Professional Championship (Oct. 11-16) and 2022 Women’s PGA Cup (Oct. 25-29). Twin Warriors has previously hosted a variety of notable events, including the PGA Professional Championship in 2003 and 2009.
‘These two scenic and challenging Santa Ana Pueblo layouts at Santa Ana Golf Club and Twin Warriors Golf Club will provide tremendous arenas for talented PGA Professionals from our 41 Sections,” said Derek Gutierrez, PGA General Manager/Director of Golf at Santa Ana Golf Club, Inc. “It is always exciting to host competitors playing these two layouts for the first time, and we’re thrilled to welcome back a number of players returning from the PGA Professional Championships in 2003 and ’09.”