A month after going on sale, some ticket options for next year’s PGA Championship in Charlotte have already sold out, the tournament’s director said Tuesday.
Already gone: Tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the golf major at Quail Hollow Club, as well as options that gave fans access to the entire week of the tournament. Still available: Practice round tickets and a limited number of Thursday tickets.
“The ticket sales have outpaced our expectations,” said Jason Mengel, director of the 2017 event.
Next year’s PGA Championship will run Aug. 7-13, with the actual competition taking place Thursday through Sunday of that week. It’s the first major golf championship to be held in Charlotte.
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Fans had from mid-May until the end of July to register to buy tickets, essentially reserving their place in line. More than 63,000 golf fans – a record for the tournament – went through the registration process.
The tickets went on sale at the beginning of August, with fans assigned a window to purchase tickets based on their registration date. Ticket sales will continue through mid-September for those who have already registered.
After all registrants have had a chance to buy tickets, the tournament will put the remaining tickets on sale to the general public, probably around the holidays, Mengel said.
Tickets range from $30 per day for practice rounds to $95 per day for rounds during the championship. The sold-out weekly packages ranged in price from $295 to $695.
The PGA doesn’t have an official secondary market for re-selling tickets, Mengel said. But he noted that during the registration process, the tournament eliminates registrants that appears to be ticket re-sellers.
For fans who can’t land the tickets they wanted, other options are still available, Mengel said.
There are still volunteer spots open that come with a week-long pass to the event. More information is available at www.pgachampionship.com.
The tournament also still has some corporate hospitality options. Already, the event has secured record revenue from hospitality sales, said Mengel, who did not disclose the amount.
Adults who buy tickets will be able to bring up to four children under the age of 17 onto the grounds for free each day. All U.S. active duty, military retirees, active reserve, National Guard, Department of Defense civilians and accompanying spouse are also eligible to receive complimentary daily grounds tickets by presenting their military ID at the admission and will call offices during the tournament.
The PGA of America said last month that the organization will keep the 2017 event in Charlotte despite concerns about North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2, which limits protections for LGBT individuals. But it’s evaluating whether it will hold more events in the state while the law remains in effect.
“We’re going to create a welcoming and inclusive environment,” Mengel said.