Golf Tournaments Worth Planning for This Year
Golf is both a spectator sport and an enjoyable pastime, and for good reason; golf majors around the world are set on some of the most beautiful vistas. Add to that great food, amazing experiences, and plenty of networking opportunities, and you have the perfect getaway.
Barclays Singapore Open
Date: 28-31 January
Location: Serapong Course, Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore
Ticket Cost: $100 (Season Pass)
One of the premier events on the Asian and Japan Golf Tours, the Barclays Singapore Open is celebrating its 50th edition this year, with a great turnout of golf icons like title-winner Jordan Spieth, expected to participate. Admission is free on Thursday and all proceeds that come from the sale of children’s tickets on the other days will be donated to charity. If this isn’t enough, did we mention that this Open is located on an island resort? Attractions include sandy white shores, fantastic views at dedicated lookouts, and resort activities for children.
Date: 4-10 April
Location: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia
Ticket Cost:$3,760 (Full Event – sold out)
Image from Masters Tournament Official Website
While the Masters Tournament is definitely the main event, Augusta will be a golfer’s paradise for those six days. Make your bookings well in advance to reserve your accommodation, airstrip space, and most importantly, a spot to spectate from on the greens. If you’ve missed all the hotel bookings, try your luck at renting a local house through the Masters Housing Bureau.
Fill up on a hearty breakfast at the Finch and Fifth at Surrey Center, and enjoy authentic Southern food at the end of the day at Honey from the Rock Café. In the evenings make sure you don’t miss live music at the Rock Fore! Dough and late night shopping during First Friday. If the Masters has got you itching to get stuck into a game on the greens, head to the River Golf Club.
BMW PGA Championship
Date: 26-29 May
Location: Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, United Kingdom
Ticket Cost: $115 (Adult Season Ticket)
Image from BMW PGA Championship Official Website
Wentworth Club is seen to be one of South East England’s premier golf courses. Easily accessible, it’s close vicinity to London means you can include a little cultural holiday with your visit. The BMW PGA Championship will boast a new expanded show stage and star-studded entertainment with Tom Chaplin of Keane, and Mike and the Mechanics scheduled to perform. Keep an eye out for Wentworth’s official hospitality packages for yourself and your company, as these include fine food and drink, personal service, a complimentary bar, and reserved seating on the West Course’s famous final green, so you can see the drama of the tournament’s conclusion from the best seat of the house.
Date: 16-19 June
Location: Oakmont Country Club, Plum, Pennsylvania
Ticket Cost: $400 (Gallery Championship Round Package)
Image from U.S. Open Official Website
Oakmont is fondly referred to by golfing pros as one of the best tests of championship golf in the USA. This is probably why it has seen more majors than any other US golf course. Since the last time it hosted the U.S. Open eight years ago, however, a concerted effort has been put into restoring it to its original look.
The removal of the 15,000 trees lining the railroad bank has also opened the course up for both perilous winds and a spectacular vista from the clubhouse, with every hole in sight, making it ideal to watch U.S. Open Champion Jordan Spieth defend his title. The round package ticket will get you free reign to walk the greens, but corporate table, suite and tent options are available to those who want to make an event of it.
“Gee Chun, winner of the 2015 U.S. Women's Open, will be back this year to defend her title. Top players expected to participate include Michelle Wie, Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Amy Yang and Lydia Ko.
“Tucked away along the inland foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in a California wine region, the spectacular location of CordeValle lies just 30 minutes south of San Jose, and 45 minutes north of Pebble Beach. Southern California boasts mild temperatures all year round and the days are most often balmy, so it’s best to dress in layers – ensuring comfort in all conditions.”
“The Open Championship this year is located at the stunningly beautiful, coastal Royal Troon Country Club, which is iconic in its long history of hosting the event. This is the perfect major for the whole family, as it is dedicated to inspiring all ages in the game of golf, inviting children to attend for free. In order to find the most ideal accommodation for you and your family, contact the Official Open Accommodation Bureau.
“Besides this iconic game, Ayrshire boasts castles, rugged coastlines, and volcanic formations, as well as a child-friendly Ayr Farm Park, so make your stay a longer one to experience all the location has to offer. The weather should be a typically cool Scottish summer, but being on the coast, spectators should prepare for winds that are sure to increase the wind-chill factor.”
Date: 25-31 July
Location: Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course), Springfield Township, New Jersey
Ticket Cost:$575 (Wanamaker Club Ticket Package)
Image from PGA Championship Official Website
Witness the 2016 season’s final major at this year’s PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club, masterfully designed by acclaimed golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast. Nestled at the base of the Baltusrol Mountain, this venue is only a stone’s throw away from New York City. The Wanamaker Club Ticket provides you access to the grounds for the full seven days, as well as the Wanamaker Club pavilion. This year is the PGA of America’s Centennial celebration, so this event is bound to be memorable.
UBS Hong Kong Open
Date: 22-25 October
Location: Hong Kong Golf Club, Fanling, Hong Kong
Ticket Cost:$100 (Season Pass)
The UBS Hong Kong Open is organized to be a full family affair, with a UBS Simulator, Amundi Long putt challenge, and a kids-only HKGA Golf Zone forming part of the full experience. The Spectator Village is also fully kitted to wine and dine its patrons in style.
Outside the estate, make the most of Hong Kong’s international appeal and visit the Star Ferry to catch some breathtaking views of the city’s skyline, enjoy outdoor living at its best at Victoria Park and indulge in afternoon tea at the prestigious Peninsula Hotel.
Date: 27-30 October
Location: Shesshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China
Immerse yourself in the WGC-HSBC Champions event by taking part in the HSBC Interactive Village, that includes an Ultimate Bunker Challenge, Golf Simulator, and kid-friendly Street Golf section. Entertainment also extends to live bands and a Star Players Autograph Area. Exclusive Suites and Champions Club with first-class facilities and breathtaking views of the greens can be booked for corporate groups hoping to impress.
DP World Tour Championship, Dubai
Date: 19-20 November
Location: Earth Course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Ticket Cost: Free – register here
If you’ve been following the most diverse golf tour of the world, with 45 tournaments in 26 countries, you cannot miss this penultimate tournament in Dubai. At the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, the champion of the Race to Dubai is revealed. Whoever wins this tournament receives a five-year European Tour exemption, and whoever wins the overall Race to Dubai championships receives a seven-year European Tour exemption.
Golf fanatics, avid travellers and savvy networkers alike are spoilt for choice all year round with these iconic golfing showdowns. Whether locally in the USA, or to exotic and culturally rich destinations, golf tournaments promise an unmatched experience, and a mix of good food, great service, stunning views and top sportsmanship.