The American Century Championship is kicking off at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course this week, and you are not going to want to miss this! There is no other event like this anywhere else. Where else can you look at Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains, while hanging out with celebrities on a golf course? This years’ players list is even better than past years, and our weather is absolutely perfect. For those of you who were here last year, you might remember a few thunderstorms that rolled through (ok, huge power-outage causing thunderstorms). But this year, our forecast couldn’t be any better: upper to mid 70s and sunny!
Not familiar with the tournament? Let us fill you in! For 26 years celebrities who have a U.S.G.A. registered handicap of 10 or less can compete to win a purse of $625,000. The celebrities are both former and current professional athletes and entertainers, which make for an exiting event to watch for spectators! A big part of the championship is raising money for national and local non-profits, with over $4.2 million dollars raised since the tournaments inception in 1990.
I know there are a lot of people out there who would rather watch paint dry than watch a golf game, but this event has more to offer than your regular P.G.A tournament. If you are at the 17th hole you might witness the Celebrity Spray Off or the Closest to the Pin Challenge. These challenges are all to raise money for charities! It is hard to say who has more fun, the players or the spectators!
Schedule of Events
Tuesday July 14
Tahoe South Celebrity-AM
Practice Rounds Celebrities and Sponsors
Wednesday July 15
12:30pm Tahoe South Celebrity-Am Celebrities and Sponsors
All Day Practice Rounds
Thursday July 16
7:00am American Century Celeb-Am Tournament
9:00pm 17th Hole Korbel Celebrity Spray-Off Competition
Friday July 17
8:30am American Century Championship First Round
3:45pm 17th Hole Korbel Hole-in-one/Closest to the Pin Challenge
Saturday July 18
8:30am American Century Championship Second Round
Sunday July 19
8:30am American Century Championship Final Round
Spectators can follow their favorite celebrity around the course, or pick a hole and hang out there all day. There is always a large entourage of boats parked by the lake, and an ongoing beach party right off of the course. Tickets are still available day of at the gates, or at our local Raley’s stores. Don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottles and lots of sunscreen! There is a list of prohibited items on the website, which we recommend checking out before you go in so you don’t lose personal items. Visit the Spectator Guide.
Here are a few names that you just might recognize:
Justin Timberlake – Actor/Singer/Songwriter
Aaron Rodgers – All-Pro Quarterback Green Bay Packers
Alfonso Ribeiro – Actor
Bode Miller – Olympic Gold Medalist Skier
Brandi Chastain – Former Women’s Soccer Star
Charles Barkely – NBA Hall of Famer
John Elway – NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback
Larry the Cable Guy – Actor/Comedian
Mike Eruzione – 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Captain
Tim Wakefield – Former MLB All-Star Pitcher
Good luck to all the players, we will see you out there! Can’t make it to the live event, you can watch it LIVE on television. Check out more information Here.