WARRICK COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – The Korn Ferry Tour will crown a champion this weekend at Victoria National.
Golf pros expect thousands to be there to see it.
Several hundred should have a better view than most, sitting above the 18th green.
These hospitality suites aren’t new to Victoria National’s 18th hole… But they have never been quite this large.
With the tour championship hosted here now, the stakes have never been higher.
Complete with charcuterie and grilled veggies – plush seating, and flat screen TV’s.
This is no ordinary day on the golf course.
This is one fancy tent.
“We had more sponsor involvement and then that automatically equates to this larger build.”
The hospitality suite skyboxes on the 18th green at Victoria National are bigger than ever – about 3,000 square feet more than last year.
“So that’s pretty significant when you think about temporary structures, and you know, we’ve been building them over the last two weeks.”
Nine months of planning have culminated with last minute tune-ups.
Deryck Dietz, with Traube Tents and structures from St. Louis, says 12 installers raised these beasts.
“Sometimes a small crane or a telehandlers, a 12K telehandler to put it up and a couple different man-reaches.”
It took temporary roads and paths to get here.
“The biggest challenge we had was weather, it really posed a large problem. If you can see, we’re working down a hill. When you take a 12,000-pound piece of equipment and try to get it down a mud-clay hill, it gets really tricky.”
And tearing up this beautiful course wasn’t part of the deal…
“That is a fact, yeah. So, the preeminent thing here is not to damage the grounds.”
Inside is pure golf luxury with air conditioning and a birds-eye view of the final hole.
“This is definitely PGA-style, for sure. Seeing those double-deckers lining the 18th green, that’s pretty incredible for this event.”
A select few are lucky enough to have the seats, but everyone can appreciate Victoria National looking like the elite course it is.
Dietz says Victoria National leveled a hill here to accommodate this larger build.
And as far as safety, they must meet the same codes and brick and mortar buildings.
(This story was originally published on August 27, 2019)