GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Green Jacket has been presented at the Masters, and spring has sprung in the Piedmont Triad; that means people are thinking about golf. The 70th annual Wyndham Championship, set for Aug. 17-23 at Sedgefield Country Club, is now just four months away. The PGA TOUR event isn’t here yet, but tournament preparations are well underway. Here’s what’s new at the Wyndham Championship this year:
17th Green Party Deck
When fans get to the par-four 17th hole at Sedgefield, the area behind the green will be very different. The 17th hole is the last of three that make up the “Sweet Spot” at Sedgefield. In addition to the luxury suites and premium grandstands at the 17th green, the tournament is adding a party deck – a massive, open-air hospitality venue. The party deck credential is an affordable hospitality pass that includes tournament admission, lunch, snacks, Coca-Cola products, beer and wine. Daily tickets are $150, and a weekly pass is $500. Both can be purchased at wyndhamchampionship.com.
70th Year, $70 Weekly Badge
The Wyndham Championship is doing its part to keep the Piedmont Triad’s only major-league professional sports event affordable in a difficult economy. In a tribute to the 70th Wyndham Championship, weekly badges are just $70 this year, a 30 percent price reduction; the weekly badges provide access to the tournament grounds Tuesday through Sunday. Individual ticket prices remain $25 per day, and children 15 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult. Tickets for the Tuesday practice round and Wednesday’s Lincoln Financial Pro-Am are just $10. New this year, Monday of tournament week is Sedgefield Members Day; the Monday pro-am is not open to the general public. All tickets are now available for purchase at wyndhamchampionship.com.
Grandstands are basically large bleachers unless you’re at the Wyndham Championship where fans can now watch the tournament from the Premium Grandstands at the 15th and 17th holes at Sedgefield Country Club. The Wyndham Championship is introducing this new concept in 2009 to provide the every-day patron access to a prime-viewing location in the “Sweet Spot” with convenient access to concessions so they can purchase refreshments without leaving the grandstands. Fans can access the premium grandstands with a daily grounds ticket or a weekly grounds badge. Beverages and snacks are available for purchase on the back side of the grandstands so there’s no walking to the closest concessions stand. Premium Grandstands will be located on the golfer’s right of the 17th hole and on the golfer’s left of the 15th hole. The “Sweet Spot” is the area of holes 15, 16 and 17.
New Wyndham Website Launches Today
The new Wyndhamchampionship.com launches today. The new site includes interactive features, multimedia presentations and opportunities for more fan interaction. The navigation bar moves to the top of the home page and replaces the familiar buttons that were on the left hand side of the page. A list of options drops down after the user clicks on a button on the navigation bar. The updated website offers information on tickets, sponsorships, pro-ams, parking and other general tournament information. As the tournament approaches, the website will feature blogs about tournament preparations and blogs about the event during tournament week.
See us on Facebook and Twitter:
Fans can now interact with the Wyndham Championship through new connections on two popular social media networking sites, Facebook and Twitter. Both require a free user account and will allow fans of the Wyndham to interact with the tournament and each other.
Volunteer Registration Underway:
Online registration for Wyndham Championship volunteers is now underway at the new Wyndham Championship website. People who want to volunteer at the tournament must visit the “volunteers” page at wyndhamchampionship.com to register by clicking “volunteers” on the new navigation bar at the top of the home page. Clicking on “volunteers” will produce a drop-down menu explaining the different volunteer positions and reveal a link to register.