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An insider’s guide to the PGA Championship

The PGA Championship is the place to be next week! The tournament runs August 7-13 and is completely sold out. Don’t worry though, the Monday and Tuesday practice round tickets are still available!

With approximately 200,000 fans rolling through, we’ve rounded up a few insider tips that you need to know before you head to the tournament.

Transportation

  • We’ve got one piece of advice for you. Don’t drive! 
  • Anyone with a ticket will be able to ride the light rail for FREE to the Sharon Road West Station, where a complimentary shuttle bus will take you to the Main Spectator Bus Terminal. 
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  • If you take an Uber, make sure to plug in 8801 Park Road as your destination, which will take you to the pick-up/drop-off lot.
  • If you live near Quail Hollow, you’re more than welcome to walk or bike. Bike racks will be alongside the Main Spectator Entrance.

For more, check out the PGA Championship’s Transportation and Parking Guide.

Food and Drink

Don’t worry, with all of that walking around, you’re not going to go hungry at the PGA Championship. Below is a list of on-course menu items you can expect.

  • Specialty burgers, salads, deli wraps and Italian sausages
  • Local barbeque, featuring offerings from Queen City Q
  • Shrimp with Thai noodles
  • Specialty draft and craft beers, with self-serve “Tilt Your Own Tap” locations throughout the course

For more items, check out the PGA Championship’s On-Site Experiences.

Items to leave at home

There’s nothing worse than going somewhere and not being able to bring in what you brought with you. (Shout-out to all the ladies who’ve brought too big of a purse like I have to an event.) Don’t bring:

  • Backpacks of any size and drawstring bags
  • Bags larger than 10″ x 10″ x 10″
  • Personal electronics such as computers, laptops or tablets
  • Drones, hoverboards, laser pointers or selfie sticks
  • Coolers
  • Alcohol
  • Food (except in limited quantities for medical, dietary or infant purposes)

For the complete list, check out the the PGA Championship’s Spectator Guide.

Championship shops

  • Want to get a sneak peek of The Championship Shops before the tournament begins? The shops will be open to the public this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-6 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. No ticket is necessary and parking is FREE at the Charlotte Catholic High School parking lot (LOT C3). Shuttles will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. both days.
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  • This place is huge. The merchandise pavilion is as long as a football field and is approximately 43,000 square feet.
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  • You can take a selfie with Rory McIlroy and Sergio García. Well, a virtual selfie, that is. Once you step foot inside the store, there will be one giant screen on your right and one on your left. This interactive space is sponsored by OMEGA. Check out our Instagram here for proof.
  • Michael Quirk, Senior Director of Marketing and Licensing for the PGA of America, said that you won’t see just golf apparel everywhere. “We don’t just sell the collared product,” he said. “It’s also the off-course product. You’ll see lifestyle brands and athleisure products. It’s a great mix.”
  • You’ll see all the major brands including Nike, Adidas, Ralph Lauren, Under Armour, Greg Norman, New Era and more. Expect the regular pricing from Nike and Adidas. The higher end pieces of clothing are coming from the Ralph Lauren section.
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  • There’s approximately 275 different hats among the 1,400 different items. There’s even a personalization station.

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  • Co-branded PGA and UNC, Duke, N.C. State and South Carolina merchandise (head wear, golf shirts and t-shirts) will be available.
  • For the first time, the PGA will be partnering with Vinyard Vines to create dual logo koozies.
  • The towels are made by Devant Sport Towels, a Monroe-based company.

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  • You can even dress like the players. Below is Rory McIlroy’s Nike shirt for Thursday and Friday along with Jason Day’s shirts.

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  • Other PGA Championship branded items will include two official PGA Championship posters, cornhole, dartboards and more.
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  • Trust us, you’ll never miss a shot. The facility holds 42 registers, 15 TVs and 2,000 people can fit in the waiting area. The average check out time will be only 5-7 minutes.
  • During the Championship Week the store hours will be…
    • Monday – Wednesday 7 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday – Friday 6:45 a.m.–8 p.m.
    • Saturday – Sunday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Bonus: Our friends at Queen City Weekend went hunting for affordable souvenirs for shopping inspiration.

We’ll see you and our 200,000 closest friends there!

Photos: Sallie Funderburk

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