Top Five Celebrity Golf Highlights

By: Tahoe South

As a non-golfer, I admit I was initially a little skeptical about spending the day at Edgewood Tahoe golf course.  My previous golf spectator experience consisted solely of having it on TV while napping with my dad on a Sunday afternoon. However, the American Century Championship is a whole ‘nother ball game. With more than eighty sports and entertainment stars, a fun atmosphere, and breathtaking scenery, the 25th American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in South Lake Tahoe is not to be missed!

Here are the top five things I am looking forward to at this year’s celebrity golf tournament:

5. Watching Charles Barkley swing a golf club 

Charles Barkley swinging Golf Club
Sir Charles Barkley swinging at the 10th Green. Photo courtesy of Media West.

I’m old enough to have watched him play basketball, and young enough to really call him “Sir.” I am told he has an awful golf swing, but since he’s so personable and engaging on the course and off, that only adds to his charm.

4. Hearing Larry the Cable Guy say, “Git ‘er Done!” 

Larry the Cable Guy
Larry the Cable Guy chats with media on the course. Photo by First Tracks Productions.

I must confess there is a soft spot in my heart for a man in Mossy Oak. And if he’s funny, I tend to melt. Last year, I was lucky enough to attend a pre-tournament function, and watched Larry try to make his way through the crowd. Guest after guest stopped him to pose for photos. Larry was gracious and pleasant to each and every one. Super classy!

3. Hoping to hear Jack Wagner sing 

Jack Wagner
Jack Wagner. Photo by First Tracks Productions.

“All I Need” was a big hit back when I attended school dances on a regular basis, and when I think about dimly lit gymnasiums, Aqua Net hairspray, and sweaty palms, I think of Jack. And that kid from third period algebra.

2. Rockin’ the Party on the 17th Green

Party on 17th hole green
If you are lucky, a celebrity will throw your football back at the 17th Green. Photo by First Tracks Productions.

This is the spot. Pull up in your boat, hang out in your most revealing bathing suit, and try not to get caught heckling the celebs.

1. Watching Annika Sorenstam give the guys a run for their money

Annika Sorenstam
Annika, looking glamorous. And ready to take names. Photo provided by Media West.

One: She’s an actual golfer. Not an actor-turned-golfer. Not a quarterback-turned-golfer. A golfer-golfer. Two: She’s a she. Let’s face it – there are a lot of guys in this tournament, and generally only one or two women. Annika has the chops to kick the boys back to their respective playgrounds this year, and I can’t wait to watch!

The 25th annual Americal Century Championship celebrity golf tournament begins Tuesday, July 15. Daily tickets will also be sold at the gate. Tickets are $15 for the Lake Tahoe Celebrity-Amateur on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 15-17; and $25 for each tournament round, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18-20. A Patron Badge Season Pass, good for admission all six days, will be on sale for $60. Children 10 and under are free when accompanied with a paid adult.

The tournament is also offering complimentary tickets for all military. All active duty, reservists, National Guard and veterans can receive two complimentary tickets, including one for a guest each day of the tournament. All service men and women who would like to attend must apply online to redeem the special offer. At the events, participants must show photo ID along with the ticket voucher at tournament gates to receive the complimentary ticket(s).

What are you looking forward to at this year’s American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament?

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