Sony Open in Hawaii: Spectator’s Guide and Tournament History

By Ryan Watson

The PGA Tour continues its Hawaiian leg as attention turns from last weekend’s Sentry Tournament of Champions to the Sony Open in Hawaii taking place this week, January 10-13, at Honolulu’s Waialae Country Club. Over half the field from the Tournament of Champions, including Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson and Bryson DeChambeau, will be competing this weekend against other stars like Hideki Matsuyama and veteran Vijay Singh. The event is the first full field event of 2019 and promises plenty of action.

Tournament History

The tournament was founded in 1965 as the Hawaiian Open. Since the first tournament, the event has been hosted by the Waialae Country Club. The Waialae course was designed by Seth Raynor and Charles Banks and is known for having several holes that imitate layouts or elements of more famous courses, such as the Redan-style green on the 17th hole. The tournament has many numerous notable former champions, including the aforementioned Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk and Jack Nicklaus. It was also the site of Isao Aoki’s 1983 win, the first by a Japanese player on the PGA Tour. In 2017, Justin Thomas hit a first round 59 to become one of the only 9 golfers to score below 60 in a single round on the PGA Tour. Last year’s edition featured one of the longest playoffs in recent memory: a 6-hole thriller won by Patton Kizzire over James Hahn.

Spectator Information

Fans looking to catch the action in-person can enjoy a good any day General Admission ticket for $20, or a Season Badge for $60 that provides weekly access to the grounds. Fans wanting an upgraded experience can opt for the Sweet 16 Chalet VIP Hospitality Pass for between $185-$200. The Sweet 16 Chalet is a hospitality venue located on the 16th hole that offers excellent views of 4 different holes. The pass includes general admission to the grounds, two glasses of wine or beer and complimentary food provided by Hy’s Steak House, a local favorite. Fans unable to catch the action in person can enjoy television coverage provided by the Golf Channel. Coverage is Thursday-Saturday, 7-10:30pm ET and Sunday 6-10pm ET.

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.