What’s it all about?
The 53rd annual Humana Challenge in partnership with the William J. Clinton Foundation, featuring many top PGA Tour stars, returns to the desert this week at three Coachella Valley courses — La Quinta Country Club, the Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West and the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West.
Who is playing this year?
Defending champion Jhonattan Vegas, pictured above, is joined by top PGA Tour players such as World Golf Hall of Famers Phil Mickelson and Greg Norman; 2011 FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas; Zach Johnson; Dustin Johnson; Camilo Villegas; 2011 tournament winners Brendan Steele, Kevin Na, Martin Laird, Mark Wilson and Chris Kirk; and past Humana winners Justin Leonard, Charley Hoffman, Chad Campbell, Pat Perez and Mark Brooks.
When should I show up?
Thursday through Sunday. Gates open at 8 a.m. First tee times are at 8:40 a.m.
How much cash?
$5.6 million, with $1,008,000 to the winner.
Celebrities here to play:
Among the celebrities who are scheduled to participate are Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle, musicians Smokey Robinson, Alice Cooper and Michael Bolton, actors Craig T. Nelson,Billy Crudup and Lucas Black and basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving.
Celebrities are where?
Unlike past years where the celebrities played at one course per day, they will be spread among all three courses daily.
All four rounds of the Humana Challenge will be broadcast live by Golf Channel. In addition, Golf Channel will show a replay of each round at night.
THURSDAY: Noon to 3 p.m.
FRIDAY: Noon to 3 p.m.
SATURDAY: 1 to 4 p.m.
SUNDAY: 1 to 4 p.m.
How it works:
Play in the 54-hole pro-am portion of the event begins at 8:40 a.m. Thursday at each of the three courses.
Each foursome will include two pros and two amateurs.
Each amateur is assigned to a pro for each day, and the twosome plays a better ball format with the amateur using his or her handicap.
Daily prizes on each course will be awarded, as well as a 54-hole total score for each amateur.
The pro-am division ends Saturday, with the low 70 pros and ties advancing to Sunday’s final round at the Palmer Course at PGA West.
Tickets are available at the gate of all three courses and are good for any of the three courses being played. One-day gallery passes are $25. A one-day clubhouse badge is $50. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied with a paying adult (limit two children per paying adult are admitted free). Free grounds admission for active military and families with military ID. A week-long gallery badge, good for all four days and at all three courses, is $100. A week long clubhouse badge, good for all four days and at all three courses with access to the clubhouse and preferred parking, is $175. It must be purchased in advance and is not available at the gate.
Daily and weekly grounds passes are available at the gate of each course as well as before the tournament at Lumpy’s in La Quinta (Washington Street, north of Highway 111, near Trader Joe’s). For more information, call 1-888-672-4673.
Credit cards may be used at the gate for tickets.
All general parking for La Quinta Country Club, Nicklaus and Palmer Private courses at PGA West is free and will be at the SilverRock Resort’s parking lot at the corner of Jefferson and Avenue 52 in La Quinta. Follow signs to designated parking, with the main entrance off of Jefferson. Shuttles will transport fans to and from the courses. The shuttles will run continuously from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Cell phones, shhhh.
New to the tournament this year is the ability for fans to bring their cell phones onto the course during play. Cell phones must be set on silent (vibrate) and may only be used in designated mobile device areas. Cell phones may not be used for photography or video.
If you are planning on restaurant dining… make your reservations early. All the hot spots book up early!
For celebrity and pro sightings check out The Nest in Indian Wells and Arnold Palmers Restaurant in La Quinta!
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