The 2018 Northern Trust: Spectator Information

By Ryan Watson

The Northern Trust begins play Thursday, August 23 at Ridgewood Country Club in the New York City suburbs. The tournament is the first event of the four tournament FedEx Cup Playoffs and is limited to the top 125 FedEx Cup points leaders on the PGA Tour. The tournament promises excitement as the best golfers in the world try and finish in the top 100 to progress to the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston.


The Northern Trust has been contested since 2007 when the PGA Tour introduced the FedEx Cup Playoffs system. However, the tournament has its roots pre-playoff roots in the Westchester Classic, a tournament first held in 1967 and has endured numerous name changes to get to the present tournament. The tournament is rotated through several top New York City area courses, and this is the fourth time Ridgewood Country Club has held the event as part of the golfing postseason. Since becoming part of the playoff events, The Northern Trust has been won by some of the best names in golf, including Patrick Reed, Vinjay Singh, Jason Day and defending champion Dustin Johnson, the only golfer to have one the playoff event twice.

Ticket Information

For fans looking to watch the tournament in person there are multiple options to fit any spectator’s needs. A basic daily grounds ticket will cost between $45-$75 depending on the day you are looking to attend. Fans can also obtain a weekly grounds pass for $225 and soak up all the action. For folks looking for a more inclusive experience, the Anchor Club is a climate controlled venue that features a bar and upgraded concession options, as well as TVs to enjoy all the tournament action. Tickets to the Anchor Club start at $150. For even more comfort, the Ultra Club provides an air conditioned venue on the 15th green with premium food and beverage included with your $450 ticket. All tickets are also eligible for a 10% discount when you purchase with a MasterCard. In addition, youth tickets are free and provide access to the grounds, while military members and their families are eligible for complimentary tickets and access to the Brave Patriots’ Outpost hospitality venue.

Fans not able to attend the tournament have plenty of options to follow along at home. Television coverage is provided by the Golf Channel and CBS beginning Thursday and Friday on the Golf Channel from 2-6pm ET. Saturday coverage begins on the Golf Channel 1-2:45pm before CBS takes over for coverage 3-6pm. Sunday’s championship round coverage begins on the Golf Channel 12-1:45pm before switching to CBS from 2-6pm. Radio coverage is also available through PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM and

About the Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.