2018 AT&T Byron Nelson Spectator Information

By Ryan Watson

The AT&T Byron Nelson was first established in 1944 and is now an annual PGA Tour event held in Dallas, TX. This year it is being held May 17-20 at the Trinity Forest Golf Club. The tournament is named after legendary golfer Byron Nelson who excelled at the sport during the 30s and 40s, winning both the Masters and PGA Championship twice, as well as the 1939 U.S. Open for a total of five majors. His total of 11 consecutive tournaments (and 18 total) won in 1945 remains an unrivaled achievement in the game of golf. The tournament has seen many notable winners, including Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, while Tom Watson holds the record of most wins with four. This year’s favorites include defending champion Billy Horschel, world no. 9 Hideki Matsuyama and local favorite Jordan Spieth. Another favorite includes a motivated Sergio Garcia looking to only become the third golfer with three AT&T Byron Nelson wins. The wildcard has to be Chile’s Joaquin Niemann, the teenage sensation and former world no. 1 amatuer who will be competing in his third event as a professional. 

Trinity Forest Golf Club

This represents the first time Trinity Forest Golf Club is hosting the AT&T Byron Nelson and reminds a wild card. This private course was built on a reclaimed landfill and turned into a links course. The course was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw was only built in 2016, so the tournament week will be the first playthrough for the vast majority of the field. The course has been shaped and built to Coore and Crenshaw’s design, complete with sand to recreate a classic seaside feel. The course is best known for having a 35,000 square foot double green for the 3rd and 11th, one of the largest greens in America. The new course makes this year’s edition ripe for a surprise winner and possibly some very frustrated veterans. 


Spectator Information

Tickets can be bought online through the tournament’s official website (listed under Resources) for a variety of accommodations. Daily Grounds tickets are a flat $45 and good any day of the tournament. Hospitality options include Harwood District Club Tickets for $125. These tickets are also good any day of the event and include grounds access and entry to a climate controlled tent with indoor and patio seating and concessions available for purchase. The tent has full views of the 3rd and 12th holes. Also available are tickets to the Michelob Ultra Club, which include access to a climate controlled tent with complimentary buffet, beer and soft drinks with a view of the 5th, 6th and 15th holes. Active duty military, military reserve, national guard, veterans and first responders can receive free tickets for each day of the tournament for themselves and one guest. In addition, children 17 and under are also eligible for free admission as long as they are accompanied by an adult. 

Fans at the ground will have a variety of concession options as well as access to the AT&T Fan Zone, a climate controlled tent with multiple video screens as well as various merchandise options. There will be three such fan zones located around the course. The KidsZone presented by Lennox will provide activities including air hockey and foosball, as well as providing TVs with tournament coverage for the parents, all inside an air conditioned venue. Adults will enjoy the Grey Goose 19th Hole, a tent offering specialty cocktails, or a trip to the William Hill Estate Wine Bar to enjoy a selection of California wines. 

Fans are encouraged to come to visit the grounds on Wednesday, May 16 for the last day of practice for the professionals. Admission is free for everyone on May 16, and fans can enjoy watching their favorite professionals practice either by themselves or as part of the Hilton Anatole Pro-Am. Spectators who want the full experience should plan on showing up early on tournament days, the first players are due to tee off at 7am CT. For fans unable to watch the tournament in person, television coverage is available Thursday and Friday from 4-7pm ET and Saturday and Sunday from 1-2:45pm ET on the Golf Channel. Primetime coverage of the final two rounds will be covered Saturday and Sunday from 3-6pm ET on CBS. Radio coverage is provided by PGA Tour Radio Thursday and Friday 1-7pm ET and Saturday and Sunday 1-6pm ET on SiriusXM and PGATour.com 




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.


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