The 2023 PGA season is already full of drama. Here’s where to catch the action this summer.
The Professional Golf Association is kicking its competition into high gear. Thanks to new competition from the upstart LIV Golf Tour, the historic circuit has been nudged to evolve its product. The PGA has introduced higher purses and new tournament structures to keep their star players in the limelight.
That’s good news for golf fans, who now have a range of spectator experiences to consider. From the desert party vibes at the Waste Management Open in Scottsdale to the more reserved and reverent scene at Augusta National for The Masters.
Global Air Charters always appreciates the chance to charter a flight to one of the PGA’s weekend destinations. The golf courses are often located in the suburbs of major metropolitan areas. A private charter client might benefit from arriving at a smaller executive airfield closer to the action, rather than the large international airport that’s still 45 minutes away from the course.
Contact our flight brokers and discover your best options for arrival and departure based on what your golf weekend has in store.
Here are our picks for three non-major tournaments where you can catch the best PGA action this summer:
Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club (Charlotte, North Carolina), May 4–7
One of the Tour’s major initiatives this year was to increase the purses for notable non-major tournaments (the so-called “elevated events”). To entice the biggest names in the game to face off more regularly. This year, the prize money at the Wells Fargo Championship increased from $9.3 million to $20 million.
The venue is the Quail Hollow Club, a gorgeous Charlotte, North Carolina course. That hosted the 2017 PGA Championship and the 2022 President’s Cup. The hallmark of Quail Hollow is “The Green Mile,” it’s punishing three closing holes that test the nerve of even the best golfers in the world.
The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club (Dublin, Ohio), June 1–4
PGA legend Jack Nicklaus founded The Memorial Tournament, which has grown to become one of the highlights of the PGA Tour season. The Golden Bear grew up in the Columbus, Ohio, area and designed the course at Muirfield Village in 1974. His vision was to create a tournament that, like The Masters in Georgia, was reverent of the game’s history and traditions. Each year at The Memorial, a past golfer is honored at an induction ceremony for contributing to the game.
Since the John Glenn International Airport (KCMH) is on the opposite side of Columbus from the course, we recommend arriving at The Ohio State University Airport (KOSU), just across the Scioto River from Dublin.
Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands (Cromwell, Connecticut), June 22–25
The Travelers is a favorite among both fans and players. It is the second-most-attended tournament of the year, and with the establishment of a $20 million purse, this year’s event should be a classic. Last year, Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele took home his sixth PGA Tour victory in dramatic fashion at the Travelers.
TPC River Highlands is a handsome suburban course redesigned by renowned architect Pete Dye. Tucked into a bend of the Connecticut River south of Hartford. The course is equidistant from two airfields: Hartford-Brainard Airport (KHFD) and Meridan Markham Municipal Airport (KMMK).