CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tuesday and Wednesday Presidents Cup practice rounds saw a steady stream of fans, but the floodgates really opened Thursday morning when the golf got underway.
The first tee time is at 1:05 p.m.
"Come early," Executive Director Adam Sperling said. "Thursday, Friday with five matches, 40,000 people on top of five matches gets pretty intense. And then you can decide, do you want to follow some play? Or do you want to hang out on a hole.”
The best way to follow matches might be to stay ahead of them.
For instance, watch tee shots on No. 1, then walk to the nearby No. 5 green. And then perhaps even go as far as the ninth hole from there.
There are maps all over the grounds to help you understand the new routing.
“The perfect opportunity would be to get ahead to a hole, watch everybody come through, and then jump ahead of them again," Sperling said. "And that will give you the most volume of play that's available.”
Or perhaps you’d like to stay in one spot and enjoy from there.
There are a few locations at the Presidents Cup where you can see action on multiple holes at the same time.
None is more unique than The Dock.
Open to anybody with a pass and built on a lake at the edge of No. 10, you can see action on three different holes at the same time.”
“I think directly from the dock spectators can keep an eye on the drivable par 4, No. 11. You've got eyes on the 13th green," Sperling said. "You can see all of the par 3, No. 14. You've got a video board that you can view from the dock. So you've got a great view of three very well-known popular holes here. So you're going to see where matches are won and lost.”
The First Tee
The First Tee will feature a stadium arena unlike anything the Presidents Cup has ever built before. With capacity up to 2,500 fans, the first tee will transform into an arena-like venue, packed from start to finish with enthusiasm and entertainment, including Thursday’s presentation of the Cup (opening ceremony) at the beginning of competition. Just outside the first tee, hungry fans can find Sunflour Bakery located between No. 1 tee and No. 18 green.
Noda and Southend
For food partners, the Presidents Cup will create an onsite experience reflective of the Charlotte culture, working closely with local restauranters to bring the feel of the Queen City to Quail Hollow. Charlotte neighborhoods NoDa and South End inspired areas on the golf course will offer ticketholders food options from those respective communities.
Citi Cardholders can also take advantage of the Citi Lounge on 9 Green, a venue exclusive to cardholders with food and beverage for purchase with a relaxing area to enjoy matches coming through the 9th hole. Complimentary mobile charging devices will also be available to fans around the course, courtesy of Citi.
For a unique viewing experience, venture over to the edge of the lake adjacent to No. 10 Fairway, facing 14 green, where The Dock juts out over the lake, allowing fans to gain unmatched vantage points while sitting on the water to catch matches between three different holes. The outdoor venue also features a Tito’s Vodka branded bar where fans can enjoy a signature cocktail or other Tito’s infused drinks.