Charlotte Happenings

MAY 2017

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the years at the hands of some of golf 's biggest names, including Arnold Palmer (a former member) in 1986 and Tom Fazio in 1997, 2003 and 2016. It was last year, immediately following the Wells Fargo Championship in May, when Fazio's latest course renovations were initiated. All 18 green complexes were replaced and switched over to Champion Bermuda grass. Fazio also incorporated design changes to the first, fourth, fih and 11th holes. Fan viewing and course accessibility were kept top of mind, as modifications included adding more room, new viewing stands and new concession areas, allowing for easy and enjoyable course navigation. Quail Hollow is no stranger to professional golf. From 1969 to 1979, the club hosted the Kemper Open (most recently known as the Booz Allen Classic), a regular golf tournament on the PGA Tour that saw winners like Tom Weiskopf, Raymond Floyd and Andy Bean. e PaineWebber World Seniors Invitational (most recently known as the Home Depot Invitational) was hosted at Quail Hollow from 1983 to 1989. Miller Barber, Bruce Crampton and Gary Player were among those topping the leaderboard at the time. Today, many know Quail Hollow as host to the Wells Fargo Championship, a PGA Tour stop that has drawn crowds of around 35,000 since 2003. Tournament victors have included Lucas Glover, Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler, Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods. e course features several signature holes, with the 14th hole serving as a standout test. On this hole, the par 4 is a slight dogleg le, which offers up a narrow landing area for tee shots that need to avoid fairway bunkers to the le and right. A two-tiered green awaits a precision shot, as more than 7,100 square feet of surface area makes close placement to the pin paramount. e putting surface is guarded by deep bunkers to the le and middle right, and the 15-acre lake fronting the le side is a watery grave for errant shots. Infamously dubbed "e Green Mile," the three finishing holes at Quail Hollow are some of the most feared in professional golf. While the yardage doesn't quite amount to a mile, it can feel that way for the players. e par-4 16th hole plays 506 yards. e par-3 17th hole plays 223 yards, and the closing par-4 18th hole stretches 494 yards. One of e Green Mile's most memorable catastrophes befell David Toms, who approached the finishing hole with a six-shot lead at the 2003 Wells Fargo Championship. A disastrous quadruple-bogey 8 awaited him at the 18th hole, but he still managed to claim victory. CELEBRITY SPOTTING Watching the stars convene outside the ropes is as much a spectator sport as the tournament itself, and this year's PGA Championship is sure to have its share of glitterati. Your best bet for spying the big names around the Queen City is to stop in the known celebrity haunts located closest to the course. Fine South Park eateries like Ruth's Chris Steak House, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, e Palm, WP Kitchen + Bar and Upstream are all contenders. Meanwhile, e Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, which is best known for accommodating players and celebrities visiting for the Wells Fargo Championship, promises to be a magnet for major faces. Grab a cocktail or cold beer at the bar because with a delicious, Southern-inspired farm-to-table menu, e Ballantyne's on-site Gallery Restaurant is a likely hangout. SPECIAL EVENTS Major championships mean major parties, and PGA Championship Week in Charlotte is no exception. Check out the Players ParTEE on Tuesday, Aug. 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Quail Hollow. is eighth annual event welcomes the players to Charlotte while benefitting Caddy for a Cure and Cool Kids Campaign. Find out more by visiting WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO — PGA Championship Tickets and Practice Rounds Tickets for Championship rounds (Thursday- Sunday) of the 2017 PGA Championship are sold out. To find out if $30 practice round tickets (Monday–Wednesday) are still available, visit — PGA of America Free-ticket Programs Throughout Championship Week, each ticketed adult can bring up to four juniors age 17 and under onto the grounds for free. Same-day junior tickets can be picked up at the Admission Sales and Will Call Office at the main entrance and will be available each day regardless of sellout. All U.S. active duty, military retirees, active reserve, National Guard and accompanying spouse/partner are eligible to receive complimentary daily grounds tickets any day of Championship Week by presenting a Military ID at the Admission Sales and Will Call Office. — PGA Championship Attendance, Parking and Transportation Gate opening times, transportation and parking information for the 2017 PGA Championship will be released later this spring and listed at Tee times are posted one day in advance of play. MAY 2017 29

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