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Friday, July 5, 2019

A new date for a great golf event

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

A new date for a great golf event

Story by Bill Bowman

Photography provided by Shriners Hospitals for Children Open


If you’re planning to take in the 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open golf tournament this year, make sure to double check your calendar. This year’s event has been moved up a month and is now set for Oct. 2-6, 2019. If you’ve already made vacation plans around the tournament and didn’t know about the new dates, it’s time to make a few changes.

Welcome to the earlier version of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The tournament, now in its 36th season, will again be held at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas with many of the world’s top PGA Tour pros on hand.

The moved-up date should make it more appealing to the PGA Tour pros and that’s good news because the event has been steadily growing over the past couple of years. Don’t believe us? Look at last year’s star-studded field, including tournament champ Bryson DeChambeau, along with crowd favorites like Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar. Add in hometown stars Ryan Moore and Scott Piercy, and the interest in Vegas keeps growing, as do the fanfare and the crowds.

Patrick Lindsey, executive director of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, looks at the move to an earlier date as nothing but a positive step in improving the Tour’s stop in Vegas. “Fans will get to see the best players in the world,” Lindsey said. “We are, at the end of the day, a fun, outdoor event that speaks to the community. Whether you’re a family or a corporate group out to entertain clients, we want to offer a great experience for everyone. That’s always been our goal.”

The tournament has also been at the center of PGA Tour historical moments. Here are just a few: The event was the first to feature a million dollar purse in 1984. Then there was Tiger Woods winning the first of his 81 Tour victories in Las Vegas at the 1996 event. In 2010 with darkness closing in, Jonathan Byrd recorded a walk-off ace on the fourth extra playoff hole to win the title.

TPC Summerlin, a Bobby Weed design, is a par-71 layout that stretches out to 7,255 yards from the tips and meanders beautifully around canyons in Las Vegas. And over canyons. And through canyons. Well, you get the picture. Canyons come into play early and often all over the course. 

“There’s definitely an opportunity for the players to score out here, but you’ve got to put it in the fairway,” Lindsey said. “You’ve got to manage the course and the wind. The wind is definitely the biggest defense here. If it’s windy, it’s tough to score.” 

While it’s a great test for the pros from the start, it’s the finishing stretch that challenges pros the most. Starting with the drivable par-4 15th, players will have the chance to give it a go off the tee. Do you dare? Most will say yes, but any wild shots bring big—and potentially tournament-ending—numbers into play. That hole sets up the final three holes—a par-5, a par-3 and a par-4. All are benign for the pros when it comes to length. But add in water on all three, a little wind, the pressure of maybe winning the tournament and all of a sudden, the greens on all three of these holes get just a little smaller in the players’ eyes.

“Those holes are definitely where the tournament is going to be won or lost,” Lindsey said. “You can look over the last 10 years and look at that stretch as a definite turning point on Sunday.”

If you’re going to be heading to the event, here’s another quick reminder about one of the best spots to take in the tournament: ‘The Hill.’ It’s located high above the course and fans can get birds-eye views of the 16th, 17th and 18th holes. And they can do it all while enjoying all the comforts of home with a wide variety of food and beverage options, plus TVs to keep track of all the action on the gridiron, as well as on other golf holes around TPC Summerlin.

“If you ask me, I don’t think there’s a better spot to watch golf,” Lindsey said. “There are a variety of structures out there and they are all relatively affordable for fans. And they will get to see an incredible stretch of golf with as much golf excitement as possible.”

So make sure you’ve got the dates circled to check out the 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. It will have it all: great golf, great fans, a great course and—and if it’s anything like tournaments in the past, a great finish. And a great opportunity to help a wonderful children’s organization.


Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

At TPC Summerlin

1700 Village Center Circle, Las Vegas


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