Golf Tournament

The Top 5 Tournaments that Every Real Golf Fan Must Attend At Least Once

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Golf Tournament

The opportunity to be a spectator on the Pebble Beach course is a dream for many

For golf lovers, watching live competitions between some of the world’s best players is one of the greatest thrills of fandom. The kickoff of the PGA tour in September marks the start of golf tournaments throughout the United States and beyond.

However, watching televised events on screen can only transport a real fan so far. The good news is that most tour members play between 20 and 30 live tournaments during the season, so snagging a ticket to see golf played live in real-time may not be so out of reach. Let’s take a look at some of the most exciting tournaments that take place on some of America’s most well-manicured lawns.

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Every golf fan knows why this tournament deserves a top spot. A February event that takes place annually at Pebble Beach, California, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is one of the most impressive venues for any golf event. Overlooking the massive expanse of the Pacific Ocean, players compete on three different courses, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club, each more gorgeous than the last. Because these courses are set in somewhat of a hilly terrain, golfers are challenged even more. If you’re looking for a golf tournament with views and intense gameplay, this is the best competition for you.

The Masters

It’s no surprise that the Masters is listed in the top tournaments for spectators. Every golf player in the sport dreams of being clothed in the famous green jacket that is awarded to the champion, just as every fan dreams of snagging a ticket to the event. Golf lovers are some of the most dedicated sports enthusiasts and are determined each year to make their way to the famous tournament. Especially with more than 80 sports betting sites or mobile betting apps now accepting wagers legally across 12 different states, golf fans can engage further with the game they love to follow. In fact, the Masters was 2020’s biggest golf betting event with fans placing wagers across the board.

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Since the first tournament all the way back in March of 1934, the Masters has been held consistently at the same location, the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. The club’s immaculate lawn is so green and perfect that it barely seems real. Each year golf greats from Tiger Woods to Phil Mickelson travel to the southeastern state to compete in this historical event. Jack Nicklaus, one of the world’s richest golfers, currently holds the title for most Master wins, having won the title a whopping six times throughout his career.

The Players Championship

Each year Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida hosts the Players Championship, an annual March tournament that first took place in this same location back in 1982. Played on the Stadium Course at the TPC at Sawgrass, the event also boasts beautiful views for spectators and participants alike. Its high-class field has been visited by the some of the best in the sport seeing as the tournament offers its winner over $12.5, currently the biggest money prize offered in golf.

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The Wells Fargo Championship

The Wells Fargo Championship, also previously known as the Wachovia and Quail Hollow Championship is one of the most sought-after tickets in golf. Taking place annually in Charlotte, North Carolina, the tournament’s course is well known for being difficult for even the most talented players in the sport. It hosts an extremely challenging lawn with many tricks and turns, the greatest of all being the “Green Mile, or the closing three-hole stretch at Quail Hollow Club.

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The Phoenix Open

Held annually at the end of January-early February in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Phoenix Open is famously known as the greatest golf show due to the crowd’s enthusiasm, course difficulty, and overall atmosphere. It is consistently a sold-out event and tickets are nearly impossible to get your hands on, but if you can manage to see this tournament one year, book a flight and don’t look back. If you tell your fellow golf fans that you were able to snag a spectator opportunity at one of the greatest legs of the PGA tour, they may be jealous for an entire lifetime.

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Christopher Diaz

Christopher is an avid golfer who calls Miami home. As a Phil Mickelson fan, he set up this website as an informational portal for all other fans of "Lefty." He also occasionally reviews equipment and golf training programs, but admits he'd rather be on the course than anywhere.