photo courtesy the BMW Championship
The 2018 BMW Championship heads to the Philadelphia suburbs and the Aronimink Golf Club September 6-9. The tournament is the third in the FedEx Cup Playoffs and open to the top-70 FedEx Cup points leaders. It is the last tournament before the Tour Championship and represents golfers’ last chance to move into the top 30 and qualify for this final event. All eyes will be on Bryson DeChambeau after he somewhat surprisingly won both preceding FedEx Cup Playoff events in the past two weeks. With his place in the Tour Championship secured, many wonder if he will be up for this event and if it will open the door for a new challenger heading into the final tournament.
Aronimink Golf Club
photo courtesy Russell Kirk/Aronimink Golf Club
The Aronimink Golf Club, founded in 1896, remains one of America’s most prestigious golf clubs. The course was designed in 1928 when the club relocated to its current location. The course was designed by renowned architect Donald Ross and is known for its extensive use of strategic bunkering. For this reason, the course is considered one of the toughest on the PGA Tour. The club had earlier hosted the U.S. Open at a previous locations, but the Ross course had to wait until 1962 to host its first major, the PGA Championship. An extensive and recently finished renovation costing $4 million sees the course return to the big time as it hosts the penultimate FedEx Cup Playoff event.
Fans planning on attending the tournament have numerous ticketing options. Standard grounds tickets provide access to the course and all public restrooms and concessions, and run from $30-$82. Weekly grounds tickets are also available for $290. Upgraded tickets are also available, including tickets for the Trophy Club, a climate controlled hospitality venue on the 14th hole featuring upgraded food and beverages available for purchase. Trophy Club tickets are available for $130 per day or $455 for the week. Clubhouse tickets provide access to the Trophy Club and Aronimink’s historic clubhouse for elegant surroundings and excellent food and beverage options for the price of $295. Spectators can also opt for either the all-inclusive 1899 Club or Green Coat Club. The 1899 Club provides access to an venue on the 15th hole with unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks and reserved seating for $450. The Green Coat Club costs $750 provides table service inside Aronimink’s clubhouse with a special menu presented by the club’s executive chef, as well as access to stadium seats on the 18th and 19th greens. All active duty, retirees, active reserve and veterans of the military can receive a complimentary ticket, while youth 16 and under receive a complimentary grounds ticket when accompanied by a ticket holding adult.
Television coverage of the BMW Championship is provided by the Golf Channel and NBC. The coverage starts on Golf Channel’s Thursday-Friday, 2-6pm ET. Saturday features the action on NBC 12-3:30pm and on the Golf Channel 3:30-6pm. Sunday’s coverage begins on the Golf Channel 12-2pm before finishing in primetime on NBC 2-6pm. Radio coverage is also available from PGA Tour Radio via SiriusXM and PGATour.com.