The finishing touches have been made at Aronimink Golf Club in anticipation of Tuesday's start of BMW Championship week, final tweaks in the merchandise tent, the beer garden, the vendor areas, the interactive displays and, yes, the golf course, too.
The top 70 players in the FedExCup standings at Monday's conclusion of the Dell Technologies Championship in Norton, Mass., are heading to Newtown Square and the third of four PGA Tour playoff events. What they will find is one of Donald Ross' finest courses restored by Malvern architect Gil Hanse with the original 1928 dimensions of the greens and the bunker clusters that Ross designed.
By all indications, Aronimink has made every effort to be the ideal venue to host such a big event. And that goes along with the club's strategy for showing itself off to the golf world.
"It is part of our plan as a club to utilize our golf course to strategically host championship golf events," club president Joe Fabrizio said. "Because of the golf course that we have, we get these opportunities. The golfing world, the various governing bodies, have engaged us and invited us to participate in their events."
The club isn't stopping with the BMW, which runs from Thursday through Sunday, and from where the top 30 players in the FedExCup points race will move on to Atlanta for the season-ending Tour Championship Sept. 20-23 and the chance at a $10 million bonus.
The PGA of America awarded Aronimink two major championships last fall, the 2020 KPMG Women's PGA and the 2027 PGA. So would the club approach the PGA again about hosting a Ryder Cup, even if the next available year for the United States to host the international competition would be 2036?
"We would always be open to discussions about major events," Fabrizio said. "That would be something that they would be bringing to us if they wanted us to consider it."
Aronimink also hosted the Senior PGA Championship in 2003. The PGA's Kerry Haigh, its chief championship officer, said last fall that his organization had kept in communication with the club since then, which led to taking its most important championships for women and men there.
Aronimink also has had a presence on the PGA Tour. When the AT&T National hosted by Tiger Woods had to find a venue for 2010 and 2011 while Congressional Country Club prepared for the U.S. Open, the club invited the tournament to its course.
Fabrizio said, however, that the club is not interested in hosting an annual tour stop.
"That is not what our interest is," he said.
Officials of the BMW Championship reached out to Aronimink in the fall of 2014 to gauge its desire to host its FedExCup playoff event, and the membership approved the move in an unanimous vote the following March.
Vince Pellegrino, senior vice president of tournaments for the Western Golf Association, is appreciative of the members' cooperation in helping the PGA Tour, the WGA and the Platt Evans Scholarships, the tournament beneficiary, which awards scholarships to caddies attending Penn State.
"The golf course is one thing, but having the operational capacity to host these events is important for the organizers," he said. "They're a great membership to work with, they're highly engaged. The community is engaged as evidenced by ticket sales and volunteerism. So I think a combination of all those things is really what drives the golf organizations to hold championships here."
Pellegrino said more than 2,400 volunteers have signed up "which is the most we've ever had for a championship," and that he estimated that more than 130,000 spectators will attend during the week.
The BMW has been contested at major championship venues in recent years — Crooked Stick outside of Indianapolis, Bellerive near St. Louis and Cherry Hills in a suburb of Denver. Pellegrino said the players appreciate competing on "the best of the best" courses, and that Aronimink is another in that category.
Fabrizio has no doubt.