BEDMINSTER – Professionals are expected to attend about 8000 people per day LIV Golf Championship at Trump National Golf Club during the last week of July.
Announced in March, the LIV Golf Invitational Series is based in Saudi Arabia and has become a controversial alternative to current professional golf tours in the US and Europe.
Backed by a $2 billion injection to support its launch, LIV has been promoting extravagant portfolios totaling $255 million and guaranteeing funds to lure players into its events.
But several of the top pros on the PGA Tour, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, have said they will not join the LIV series.
Unlike most professional tournaments, the LIV tournaments will feature only three rounds (54 holes) and 48 players in 12 four-man teams over three days. A typical professional golf tournament consists of four rounds (72 holes) with 150 players, without teams, over four days.
The LIV course will act as a rifle starter, which means groups will start at different holes rather than all on the first tee.
John Dolan, event director, told the Bedminster Town Commission that the start of the gun allowed for a “tighter” time frame for the play.
Dolan, who was the director of the Trump National Women’s US Open in 2017, said the event drew 20,000 during the week of the tournament.
Last year, after the January 6 rebellion in the Capitol, the United States Professional Golfers’ Association decided to move its tournament, one of golf’s Big Four, from Trump National to Tulsa.
Tournament attendance was expected to reach 30,000 to 40,000 per day.
Dolan said the tournament would cooperate with the town, county and state in running the tournament. He said the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office will establish a security command center at Lamington Road Club.
Parking will be at Red Tail Farm, off Interstate 78 at Rattlesnake Bridge Road, he said. Then the spectators walk to the golf course.
He said Cowperthwaite Road, which runs through the club, will be closed to the public from July 5 to August 5.
Ticket packages Ranging from $75 to $10,965 available per tournament.
Daily stadium tickets for each of the three tournament rounds are $75. 25% discounts are available for youth, students, teachers, medical personnel, and first responders. Military personnel and one guest will be admitted free of charge.
At the higher end of the ticket options is the Club 54 Premium Package for $10,695. Accommodations can be added at the Delta Hotels Basking Ridge for $885.
The Club 54 Premium Package includes a front-row seat at the Cup Show, a Q&A session with LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, a Q&A session with one of 48 players, booked on three different greens on the 18-hole course, and access To the Gift Suite, access to Club 54, a place with open food and bar, permission to walk the ropes for nine holes, and a concierge to escort you from the club entrance to Club 54.
The LIV Series will kick off in London June 9-11, then travel to Portland before coming to New Jersey. The tour will then travel to Boston, Chicago, Bangkok and Saudi Arabia before concluding at Trump National Doral in Miami.
Contributing: Adam Woodland of Golfweek
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