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 Tour 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 2015 the median ticket price for a single round to The Masters rang in at $1,154 and a four-day badge averaged just over $6,900. The price for both a weekly badge and single day pass at the 2015 Masters dropped from a season ago, following a continued slide since the decline of Tiger Woods. The emergence of a new big 3 in golf, with Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Bubba Watson will likely see these numbers go back up in the next few years.
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. Tickets to the second round of the 2015 Masters Tournament came in at $1,188, more than $100 higher than the second round a year ago.
The US Open golf tournament saw an increas four-day badge prices, as prices jumped $540 in 2014, to $839 in 2015. Much of this jump in price is attributed to the tournament being played in Washington for the first time, and from the increased interest in the duel between Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.
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 $63 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 $309 for Monday, $400 for Tuesday, and $731 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.
Ticket prices based on averages as of August 31, 2015