The PGA Tour heads to North Carolina this week for the Wells Fargo Championship at the famed Quail Hollow Club. The tournament runs May 2-5 and features a strong field including Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and defending champion Jason Day. The tournament serves as the penultimate warm up to the PGA Championship, with Quail Hollow providing a stern challenge to any golfer. Visitors to Charlotte for the tournament will look forward to a hard fought tournament and beautiful surroundings.
The Wells Fargo Championship was established in 2003 as the 3rd tournament to be hosted at Quail Hollow, following the Kemper Open (1969-1979) and the PGA Tour Champions' PaineWebber Invitational (1983-1989). Though the Wells Fargo Championship is relatively new, it has seen notable winners in Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler. Rory McIlroy is the only multiple winner with his titles in 2010 and 2015, and also holds the scoring record with his -21 in 2015.
The Quail Hollow Club course saw its standing in the golf world increase with improvements to the original George Cobb 1961 design, first by Arnold Palmer and later by noted course architect Tom Fazio. The difficulty of the course earned it hosting rights to the 2017 PGA Championship, which meant hosting duties for the Wells Fargo Championship went to Eagle Point Golf Club for 2017, the only time the tournament was not hosted by Quail Hollow. The Wells Fargo Championship is known for close finishes with 6 of the 16 tournaments ending in playoffs. The so called “Green Mile”, as the 3 finishing holes are dubbed, are rated amongst the hardest on the PGA Tour and many titles have been won or lost on those 3 holes.
2018 champion Jason Day. Associated Press/Jason E. Miczek
Fans have multiple options to enjoy the tournament in person, starting with Daily Grounds tickets ranging from $55-$75. Weekly Grounds Tickets are also available for $175 with Good Any Day tickets going for $75. There are many upgraded hospitality options for those looking for a more upscale experience or businesses entertaining guests, including the Lakeside Chalet and the Clubhouse. Individual tickets can also be purchased for the Champions Club, a semi-private facility offering upscale food and beverages for purchase and private covered bleachers overlooking the 8th green. Tickets cost $200 per day, with a weekly pass available for $595. The View, a covered viewing area overlooking the 18th hole featuring a sports bar like atmosphere, can be accessed with daily tickets ranging from $200-$300 with weekly passes costing $1,000. Full hospitality options can be seen on the official Wells Fargo Championship website. Complimentary grounds tickets are also available for all members of the military with a valid military ID.
Spectators can watch all the action from the comfort of their homes through Golf Channel’s and CBS’s television coverage. The Golf Channel handles Thursday and Friday, 3-6pm ET. Coverage on Saturday and Sunday starts on the Golf Channel 1-2:45pm ET before switching to CBS for primetime coverage 3-6pm ET. Streaming of featured groups is available online through PGA Tour Live. Radio coverage is provided by PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM and PGATour.com.