The American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament, will take place July 12-14 (with practice rounds and a pro-am taking place in the days prior). Pre-sales ahead of last year’s record attendance: As of June 28, ticket sales were trending 22% ahead of last year-same time and 2018 attendance established a new record of 57,097. That combined with the favorable weather forecast and it could be another record.
Daily Tickets are $20 per person Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; $30 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and are available at the entrance gate at Edgewood Tahoe. Special discounts at Raley’s, BelAir, Nob Hill stores ($17/$27 respectively; w/ $50 grocery purchase: $23 daily for Fri, Sat, Sun, limit four).
There are free admission for kids 10 and under when accompanied by a paying adult. There is a limit of two and free tickets for military; active duty, reservists, National Guard, military retirees and veterans receive one complimentary ticket and one complimentary guest ticket each day of The American Century Championship Tuesday, July 9, through Sunday, July 14.
Parking near the course is extremely limited with a few spaces adjoining the course for very early arrivals.
Carpooling, Uber/Lyft, cab rides (drop-off point near admission gate) are highly recommended.
Parking fees at adjacent casinos include Harrah’s & Harveys: $20 valet; $13 self; except Friday: $40/$25 at Harveys and $30/$20 Harrah’s. At MontBleu, the cost is $25 (fans receive receive coupon for $25 food, beverage & gaming value).
At Hard Rock, the cost is $30 (fans will receive coupon for $26-plus minimum in food, beverage, gaming values). Handicap parking (limited spaces, the tournament suggests early arrival).
Of the 489 celebrities who’ve played in the American Century Championship in 29 years, the following is their combined numbers in their chosen field/s of endeavor:
They include 355 championships, eight Heisman Trophy winners, 76 Hall of Famers, 20 Cy Young award winners, 1132 All Stars, 61 MVPs, 26 Grand Slam Wins, 134 Gold Gloves, 989,858 points scored, 80 gold medals and 12,626 home runs.
In this year’s tournament, 16 Hall of Famers are playing in the tournament; 22 current or active players; 10 of whom are All-Pro or All-Stars.
Active NFL quarterbacks include Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers; Case Keenum, Washington Redskins; first-timers Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills; Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals.
The $250,000 Hole-In-One prize will be awarded by Korbel for the fourth year.
The Hole-in-One contest gathers 15 of the tournament’s favorite players to compete. Following the first round of tournament play on Friday, each player will have two shots from 155 yards on hole No. 17, the lakefront party hole. The first ace wins the prize money. If no ace, $25,000 will be awarded for closest-to-the-pin if within 2-feet. Half the money will be donated to the Tahoe Prosperity Center, a locally based organization which unites Tahoe’s communities to strengthen regional prosperity.
While most of the caddies are acquaintances or relatives of the players, there are a few with interesting stories.
Charles Barkley’s caddie, Chris Detsch is director golf at Genoa Lakes and has offered swing suggestions to Charles over the years: one-arm, left-handed swing, goggles. (Keep your day job, Chris.)
Kyle Williams, All-Pro defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills has Nick O’Leary, the Bills’ tight end and grandson of Jack Nicklaus on the bag.
John Smoltz, co-favorite and Hall of Fame pitcher, has his former catcher with the Atlanta Braves, Greg Olson on the bag. Olson helped Smoltz win at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January in Orlando, FL at the LPGA/Celebrity tournament.
U.S. Marine Capt. Jerry Woods has his friend, U.S. Army Captain Adam Napier (Ret.) on his bag. Napier survived two Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks that killed an Iraqi interpreter and his radio transmission operator, causing him to suffer several Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) and secondary wounds to his face, hands, and shoulder. Golf has acted as both mental and emotional therapy throughout his military career and beyond retirement.