Golf Ticket Information
The golf world carries a historic stigma that has been generated from many years of bringing fans some of the most celebrated moments in sports. From The Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia to the US Open, golf has a handful of special events that are among the top of millions of bucket lists, whether they be golf fans or not. Getting your hands on tickets to some of the PGA Tours most prized tournaments can be expensive, but more than worth the expense if you ask anyone who has attended any of the numerous events.
PGA average ticket prices fluctuate for many reasons. The prestige of a tournament, like The Masters, can have a solidifying impact on ticket prices, but are not exempt from other factors. In 2013 the average ticket price for a single round to The Masters rang in at $1,811 and a four-day badge averaged just over $9,000. Announce that golf’s most sought after face, Tiger Woods, will not be in attendance in 2014 and the average ticket price drops nearly 31%. In 2014 first round badges were selling with an average price of $800.64 falling well short of the 2013 first round average of $2,494.33.
Player impact on ticket prices in the PGA is arguably one of the most influential in all of sports, but a secondary factor that is more centralized to golf tournaments is specific rounds. More often than not, first round tickets will generally have a slightly lower ticket average than later rounds. While still far from the 2013 average, tickets to the second round of the 2014 Masters Tournament came in at $918.82, more than $100 higher than the second round. Move on to Sunday, the final round of The Masters, and the average ticket price jumps up to $1,000.
The US Open golf tournament fell victim to a similar situation with Tigers absence as four-day badges plummeted to an average of just $540, close to half the cost of the 2013 tournament at Merion. Though the 2013 US Open ticket average may have seen some un-ordinary inflation due to Tiger Wood’s chance at capturing the ever-elusive 15th grand slam event, the effect of his absence is still fairly dramatic.
The Masters Tournament carries one of the most recognizable brands in golf and as such its average ticket price remains as the highest on the PGA Tour, regardless of who plays or doesn’t play. Though they are not nearly as prestigious, the PGA Championship, which currently carries a $193 average ticket price, and the US Open offer a great opportunity to see some of the best in the PGA at a much lesser price while embracing a history that’s all their own.
Another great way to catch some of your favorite golfers with a more reasonable price tag is to attend practice rounds. While all the excitement of the competition is absent, the atmosphere is still all about golf. This year’s Masters had practice round tickets averaging out at $384 for Monday, $502 for Tuesday, and $897 on Wednesday which also includes the par-3 competition. Other tournaments such as the Shell Houston Open or the Valero Texas Open also provide golf fans with great opportunities to experience the PGA at far less than attending the major tournaments.