Charlotte Happenings

MAY 2017

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Looking for a little celebrity edge? Don't miss the Tee Party at Phillips Place on Wednesday, Aug. 9. A night of festivities that culminates in a performance by headliner Darius Rucker runs from 6 to 11 p.m. Peruse the rest of the party offerings at phillipsplacecharlotte.com. And to mingle with fellow golf lovers in a mecca of great restaurants, including Georges Brasserie, Brio Tuscan Grille and Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, where you're likely to eye a pro golfer or two, come to Piedmont Town Center. Music and a cash bar will run from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, with free entry to the public. ON-COURSE VIEWING A few tournament-tested strategies will help you make the most of your day on the course. Practice rounds (Monday through Wednesday of Championship Week) offer the easiest course navigation and closest proximity to the players. For the main event, arrive early in the day; the course is most crowded aer noon. To find out if $30 practice round tickets are still available, visit pgachampionship.com. ursday and Friday offer full-field viewing before the competition is cut from 156 to the 70 lowest- scoring players (plus ties). e vast practice area offers great views of the pros before and aer their rounds. Be sure to wear a hat for shade, have sunscreen and bug spray handy, and stay hydrated. Comfort stations are located throughout the course. Snagging behind-the-green viewing spots at the finishing holes means staking out seats at the 16th, 17th and 18th holes very early each day. Follow your favorite players in the morning and then grab a shady spot in the aernoon, letting them come to you. Finally, enjoy the scene. History is being made in Charlotte, and you're part of it. If you'd like to get in on the action but don't have a ticket, check out the available on-site volunteer opportunities. You'll work a four-hour shi at Quail Hollow Club, helping out in areas like the Championship Shop or at individual holes, and pay a volunteer/uniform fee of $193. In exchange, you'll be granted a volunteer uniform designed by Ralph Lauren, complimentary parking, meal and water vouchers, the Official 99th PGA Championship Program and a chance to see history unfold in person. Visit pgachampionship.com. OFF-COURSE VIEWING No tickets for the PGA Championship? No problem. Dozens of sports bars and area golf clubs will be tuning in for patrons. ough you'll be able to find local lairs offering libations and broadcasts of the tournament all over town, we've got a few top picks based on the beer and bar bites factors. Sprawling All American Pub fills up nightly with fans eager to catch college basketball and NFL football, but plenty of TVs, plus pulled pork nachos and cold pours make it an ideal place to post up for the PGA. With locations from Ballantyne to Midtown and Belmont, your neighborhood Hickory Tavern is an ideal go-to for tee time on the big screen. Beers from local breweries are available on tap, and killer chicken wings smothered in flavorful sauces fill the menu. In the mood for something a bit more subdued and near the action? Order the steamed Prince Edward Island mussels and a glass of prosecco at WP Kitchen + Bar in Phillips Place, which is about a five-minute drive from Quail Hollow. Looking to catch a bit of PGA coverage and perfect your swing before or aer? Schedule a round at one of Charlotte's gorgeous courses. Highland Creek Golf Club, Rocky River Golf Club, Springfield Golf Club, Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation, Birkdale Golf Club, e Golf Club at Ballantyne, Renaissance Park Golf Course, Charles T. Myers Golf Course and Skybrook Golf Club all plan to broadcast the tournament. • • • For more information about golf in Charlotte, visit charlottesgotalot.com WHERE TO WATCH LIVE COVERAGE — TV coverage for the PGA Championship is scheduled as follows: (All times EST) — THURSDAY Aug. 10 TNT 1-7 p.m. — FRIDAY Aug. 11 TNT 1-7 p.m. — SATURDAY Aug. 12 TNT 11 a.m.-2 p.m. CBS 2-7 p.m. — SUNDAY Aug. 13 TNT 11 a.m.-2 p.m. CBS 2-7 p.m. MAY 2017 33

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