The best golfers in the world will gather in St. Louis for the 100th PGA Championship Aug. 6-12 at the Bellerive Country Club. In addition to the tournament play, special activities will honor the St. Louis region and its love of sports, heroes and traditions. A full slate of events for fans is set for Aug. 6-8 to celebrate the great game of golf in the Gateway to the West.
The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will kick off the 100th Championship Aug. 6 with a trip down Ladue Road to Bellerive. Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith – the 100th PGA Host City Champion and president of the Gateway PGA REACH Foundation – will ride the hitch and deliver the prestigious Wanamaker Trophy. Attendees are encouraged to show their St. Louis pride by wearing their favorite local and regional team sports apparel.
Tuesday, Aug. 7 is focused on the next generation of golfers. The PGA of America has challenged the St. Louis area to break the all-time attendance record for the most junior golfers on a single day at the PGA Championship. Special activities and guests are planned throughout the day to provide PGA Junior League golfers with an unforgettable experience. Local PGA Junior League teams will have an opportunity to go inside the ropes on the 10th hole for an up-close view of the Long Drive Contest. With every single ticket purchase, four children younger than 17 will get in for free.
Champions of Today and Tomorrow
The PGA will celebrate the past and look to the future Wednesday, Aug. 8. Previous PGA champions will join local celebrities to honor Ozzie Smith, the Host City Champion – a recognition bestowed upon a person who embodies the core beliefs and values of the PGA and the sport of golf and demonstrates passion for the host city. Fans can expect to see some of golf's famous faces as they walk the grounds of Bellerive.
St. Louis Sights
If you're in town for the PGA Championship, take in some attractions that are distinctly St. Louis. A trip to the Gateway Arch is a must. The newly renovated grounds, visitor center and museum recently reopened to rave reviews. Take a ride to the top of the Arch for spectacular views. The Muny – America's oldest and largest outdoor musical theater – is celebrating its 100th season this year. The timing couldn't be better with Meet Me in St. Louis topping off the theater's historic season the same week as the PGA Championship.
Other attractions to see include the award-winning Saint Louis Zoo, City Museum and Saint Louis Science Center. Be sure to sample some of the city's signature eats – toasted ravioli, St. Louis-style pizza and barbecue, gooey butter cake, Fitz's root beer, and Ted Drewes Frozen Custard.
Single day tickets for the 100th PGA Championship are still available for Monday through Thursday. Purchase tickets at www.PGAChampionship.com.