What started as a developmental tour in 1988 has evolved into a highly competitive and lucrative golf tour that continues to produce champions. Majors champions such as Zach Johnson, John Daly and Lee Janzen are among an impressive list of NGA (National Golf Association) Hooters Tour alumni. The tour boasts several regional and seasonal series, offering fans many opportunities to catch some future stars competing for sizable paychecks.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Decide which NGA Hooters Tour event(s) you want to see and make plans to attend by visiting the tour's website and choosing (depending on the time of year) from the Pro Series, Winter Series, Carolina Series or the International Series. The Winter Series is based in Central Florida.
Bring the young golfers in your family. Most tournaments feature a junior golf clinic during the week before the tournament, and the pros are happy to help boys and girls with their swings and answer questions about life on the tour.
Many NGA Hooters Tour events are paired with local charities. If your organization is interested in helping host in a tournament in your area, contact the tour's corporate offices and you might help arrange a future stop on the tour.
Your business might want to be a sponsor, either for the tournament or for some of the other events that take place such as the long-driving contest, putting contest and hole-in-one contest. Many tournaments also sport a pro-am in which local amateurs get a chance to mix it up with the pros. Amateurs in those events also are eligible to participate in some of the contests.
Tickets usually are free if you're going to watch the tournaments. Call or email the host golf course to find out about parking fees, directions and nearby lodgings and restaurants.