Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JAN-FEB 2018

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At last year's championship, as the young South Korean Si Woo Kim shot 69 on the final day for 10-under 278 to win by three over Louis Oosthuizen and Ian Poulter, the crowd erupted from the most famous finishing stretch in golf: the Island Green 17th and the daunting par-4 18th. But if you were fortunate enough to have a PLAYERS Club ticket, vantages from private venues boasted the best views of the action. "THE PLAYERS continues to grow in stature for both our players and our fans. We strive to make our Stadium Pass the best value in golf, but in the past we lacked an ultra-high-end experience," says Jared Rice, executive director of THE PLAYERS. "Two years ago we developed THE PLAYERS Club, an all-inclusive experience inside the clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass as well as private venues exclusively for THE PLAYERS Club ticket holders on 17 tee and 18 green. Since its inception, THE PLAYERS Club has become extremely popular for businesses development and those seeking a best-in-class experience. "THE PLAYERS Club combines spectacular on-course views of golf and exceptional customer service," adds Rice. "Clients have access to delicious food, prepared by award-winning chefs, top-shelf beverages and customizable RFID [radio frequency identification] tickets. e RFID tickets provide THE PLAYERS Club staff with information on each guest's favorite foods and beverage items, as well as their favorite PGA TOUR players, allowing our team the opportunity to tailor the experience for every guest in the Club." THE PLAYERS Club tickets cost $5,000 per person and are purchased on a weekly ticket basis—each weekly ticket consisting of individually issued tickets by tournament day and including a ticket Tuesday-Sunday. Tickets can be transferred each day to another individual. e best part about having THE PLAYERS Club access? Aside from being able to mingle with competitors in the tournament and their families? You can feel really good about shelling out $5K for the royal treatment: Proceeds from THE PLAYERS benefit Northeast Florida charities and have totaled more than $92 million since the event moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977, including a record $8.7 million generated in 2017 and a goal to generate $50 million for youth-related charities by 2021. sl For more on THE PLAYERS Championship 2018 (May 8-13) and the surrounding area, visit theplayers.com or floridashistoriccoast.com. For THE PLAYERS Club 2018 tickets, visit pgatour.com/theplayersclub. 40 slmag.net Si Woo Kim of Korea teeing off on the 18th hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship (May 14, 2017) Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR

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