The 2018 FedEx St. Jude Classic takes place at Memphis, Tennessee’s TPC Southwind course June 7-10. Both the weather and the action is always hot as the PGA Tour descends upon Memphis and this challenging course. This year, all eyes will be on Daniel Berger to see if he can become the first consecutive three-time winner. Standing in his way will be a tough field including Brooks Koepka, Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson.
The tournament was founded in 1958 and initially played at the Colonial Country Club. During this time, it was known as the Memphis Open. In 1969, comedian Danny Thomas signed on to host the tournament in exchange for the event benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Thomas was the founder of the hospital, which provides both free care to patients and the best facilities to researchers of pediatric medicine, and saw the event as an excellent partnership. The last significant alteration to the tournament was the change of venue from Colonial Country Club to TPC Southwind in 1989, where it has remained ever since.
The tournament has seen many notable winners, including Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Curtis Strange and Dustin Johnson. The undisputed king of the St. Jude Classic is Dave Hill with his 4 titles in 6 years going unmatched. The St. Jude Classic has also been the site of some interesting moments, including a hole-in-one from former president Gerald Ford in 1977’s celebrity pro-am and 1966 winner Bert Yancey nearly missing his final round tee-time only to be saved by a phone call from his caddy. The tournament will be the location of even more intense action when it becomes the WGC-St. Jude Invitational in 2019.
Spectators looking to make the trip to Memphis have many ticketing options to see the action. The most basic option is to buy grounds tickets. A One Day ticket costs $40, making the Week-Long Ticket for $65 an excellent deal if you plan on attending for multiple days. Kids 15 years and younger can also purchase a Week-Long Youth ticket for $15. To have access to the clubhouse you will need to purchase the TPC Southwind Clubhouse Badge for $175. This gives you access to the grounds and clubhouse, featuring indoor restrooms, concessions and a full bar, for the whole week. Discounted tickets are also available for active duty, reserve, and veterans of the armed forces along with access to the Patriot’s Outpost tent on the 8th hole.
For folks wanting a more inclusive experience should look to the Island Club tickets. Island Club tickets start at $60 for Thursday, $85 for Friday, or $99 for Saturday or Sunday. You can also have weekly access to the Island Club for $300. The Island Club is an open air venue located behind the 11th hole’s island green and provides complimentary beer, soft drinks and water to purchasers. Island Club ticket holders also are granted access to the TPC Southwind clubhouse. For spectators interested in entertaining clients at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, several other hospitality options are provided in the Hospitality link in this article’s Resources section.
Once inside the grounds you will either want to find the group you want to follow, or find a seat at the hole you would like to watch. Fans with kids will enjoy a trip to the AutoZone Kids Zone on the 18th fairway. This area will have games and other activities for kids while parents can relax. There is also the nearby BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Family Zone which features changing and nursing stations as well as kid sized furniture and a TV for the parents streaming all the action. There will also be the Fireworks on the Fairway show presented by Southern Security on Friday June 8. Simply bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and sit back and enjoy the beautiful display. Whether you’re alone, with colleagues or the family, the FedEx St. Jude Classic provides entertainment for the whole family.