Prestigious golf tournament plans move forward for 2024
Next August 20-25, 2024, Castle Pines, population 14,800, will host the BMW Championship at Castle Pines Golf Club and will see more than 25,000 visitors per day for events hosted by the PGA TOUR and Western Golf Association (WGA). It will be the BMW Championship’s first visit to Colorado since 2014, when Billy Horschel won at Cherry Hills Country Club.
“We know the tournament will showcase the beauty of where we all call home – as well as the great people that make this place special,” said Tournament Chairman Duffy Solich.
Tickets are now on sale at the BMW Championship website and range from $30 to $385 per day. Volunteer opportunities are available through the Castle Pines Golf Club and, although volunteers must buy-in to available openings, their contribution comes with significant attendance, apparel, and other benefits. Concession volunteer opportunities are also available to cook and serve food and beverages to attendees through Spectrum Concessions, which donates 9% of sales and 100% of tips to charity organizations associated with concessions volunteers.
“We’re so thrilled to bring the best players on the PGA TOUR back to Castle Pines for the BMW Championship,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior Vice President of Tournaments at the time the event was announced, “[Castle Pines Golf Club] was made to host high-level championships, and we anticipate an unparalleled experience for the players, the Castle Pines community, and our fans.”
Preparations for the event have been underway since May 2022, more than two years before the tournament opens. Tour organizers and Castle Pines Golf Club leadership are planning for off-site parking and shuttle services located throughout Douglas County. During the event, temporary closures on Happy Canyon road will help streamline entry and exit to the tournament; a map of anticipated closures will be finalized and available in the coming months.
The City of Castle Pines is also eagerly anticipating the event and preparing to ensure a quality experience for residents. In a funding request to build a roundabout at Happy Canyon and Lagae Roads near the intersection with I-25, the City cited the upcoming BMW Championship as one reason to ensure infrastructure is adequate to support the event and completed in time for an influx of visitors.
The BMW Championship features the top 50 PGA TOUR players vying to earn one of 30 spots in the season-ending TOUR Championship and the chance to be crowned FedExCup champion. Past BMW Championship winners include Patrick Cantlay, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rory Mcllroy, Zach Johnson, Justin Rose and Tiger Woods.
All proceeds from the BMW Championship benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation. In 1930, the WGA and amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr. established the Evans Scholars Foundation. According to the Foundation, its mission is to provide full tuition and college scholarships to caddies with limited financial means. Since 2007, the event has raised more than $40 million for Evans Scholarships. Eight caddies from Castle Pines Golf Club have earned the Evans Scholarship since 1985, including two Scholars who recently attended the University of Colorado Boulder.
A website has been set up to answer questions regarding the tournament and manage ticket sales, hospitality and volunteer opportunities. Visit https://bmwchampionship.com/.
By Bear Rothe, photo courtesy of Castle Pines Golf Club