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Mar 11, 2016 | 06:49 am

The Ultimate “Players” Experience

If you want the best seats at The Players Championship this year, you may have to be something of a “player” yourself. The “fifth major,” to be held on the famous Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass May 12–15, is offering a new hospitality package that includes almost as many goodies as the pros get. Called “The Players Club,” it opens the doors to exclusive viewing spots overlooking the tee of the island-green 17th hole (shown above) and the 18th green, plus daily access to the clubhouse, which has become very limited. There will be food prepared by top chefs, cocktails mixed by award-winning bartenders, and each package comes with a $500 gift card that can be used on a special selection of tournament-related gear—including authentic memorabilia and custom fittings of luxury brands available only in the clubhouse golf shop—plus concierge services, valet parking, and more. The Players Club costs $5,000 per person for tournament week (Tuesday—Sunday), but daily tickets can be transferred among different individuals. For more details, check out the tournament’s website.

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Mar 10, 2016 | 10:19 am

First Rounds in Rio

The first public rounds at the Olympic Course in Rio took place earlier this week. Geoff Shackelford reported that the one day test event, open to golf media and other golf figures, went well on a course that while young, looked great. The par-three 4th garnered the most attention on social media. This interview with Gil Hanse provides great insight into the project. After battling regulation, delays, and plenty of naysayers, Hanse and his team seem to have delivered a South American winner.

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Mar 09, 2016 | 11:59 am

Major Deal

Whether The Players Championship is the fifth major or not is still open for debate. What isn't debatable is that it's becoming as a big a VIP event as the Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship, and PGA Championship. Make that "VVIP" (VIP is so 2000s). The aptly named QuintEvents, which specializes in major-event travel to the Kentucky Derby, Super Bowl, College Football Playoffs, and other top sporting events, is offering "The Players Club" package for $9,500 that includes a Tuesday–Sunday ticket (May 10–15), six-night's accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn Ponte Vedra, and access to the clubhouse and private suits overlooking the 17th tee and 18th green. In addition to gourment food and open bar, "members" will also receive a $500 exclusive shopping experience at the TPC Sawgrass Pro Shop. Lesser packages without accommodations start at $799.

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Mar 08, 2016 | 09:55 am

Big Little Shot

 

It was only 113 yards but Rickie  Fowler's wedge shot during a pro-am at the Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, yesterday went a long way for Els for Autism, earning $1 million for the charity along with a big hug from the Big Easy. Fowler hit the shot wearing sneakers and using a club borrowed from Luke Donald. Check it out.

 

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