The General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis is in Benton Harbor, Michigan, this week asking a lot of questions.
Bellerive is the host golf course next year at this time for the Senior PGA Championship, which is now underway at the Harbor Shores golf course. Jeffery Kreafle is entering his fourth year as the GM and COO at Bellerive. It’s the first time he’s been involved with a golf course that’s slated to be the site of a major. He’s trying to keep from being overwhelmed.
"I mean there’s just so many different committees when you take a look at an organizational chart that’s supporting 2,000 volunteers for a Senior PGA. You can imagine it’s a pretty complex system that needs to be built out for hosting a championship for over a week."
Some country club members, however, remember 1965 when the U.S. Open was held at Bellerive. The last time Bellerive hosted a major golf tournament was 2004.