How to Attend Ladies' National Golf Tour Events

By Bill Herrfeldt

The growth of golf among females has been amazing. It is estimated that about a quarter of all serious golfers in the United States are women, and if you consider those who only go to driving ranges, that percentage is even higher. So it's no wonder that the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) holds tournaments with as much as $3,500,000 at stake in the United States, Mexico, Canada and the Far East. If you would like to go to one of these ladies' tour events, there are a few steps you will need to take.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Realize that the LPGA golf tour runs weekly from February through the end of November. Contests are held in Hawaii and the Far East early in the year; then the players head to the United States in March. For the balance of the year, they will play primarily in the United States, with some tournaments held in Mexico and in Canada. In October, they return to Hawaii and the Far East, and then they culminate the year at a tournament in Mexico.
Step 2
Plan early if you want to attend an LPGA-sponsored event out of the United States. First, you will need a passport that is up to date. If you need a passport, you can visit a local post office, which will have the necessary forms. It will take the U.S. government about a month to process your passport application. Furthermore, you will not need a visa to enter either Mexico or Canada, but you will if you plan to attend a golf tournament in the Far East. For example, if you plan to go to one in Singapore, plan on delays when you apply for a visa to that country.
Step 3
Get your tickets to the tournament in advance of your trip, particularly if you plan to attend one that is not in the United States. Go to the LPGA website (see Resources), decide which tournament you would like to attend, and then cut and paste its name into a search engine for to find its website. In most cases, there will be a link to ticket information, including the prices of various packages and how to obtain them.
Step 4
Plan your travel well in advance of your trip if you have decided to attend a professional tournament away from home, because LPGA events are very well attended, and hotel space is limited. Also, though the cancellation of an event due to inclement weather is quite rare, it does happen. So you need to be sure that your travel and hotel tickets are refundable.
Step 5
Before you head for the course, go to the website of the tournament you'll attend for information about the course, the proper gate to enter, the restrooms and where you can buy food. Almost all of those websites will provide a layout of the golf course, and they will tell you where you can best see the tournament.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.

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