By Arielle Alpino for The Island Connection
Eighteen months before the 2021 PGA Championship begins, 50% of its all-inclusive hospitality offerings have sold out.
The 2021 PGA Championship will be contested May 17 through May 23 at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the second major hosted on the famed golf course. The PGA Championship is the only all-professional major championship, with 156 players competing annually for one of golf’s most prized possessions, the Wanamaker Trophy. The current hospitality-package offerings for businesses and individuals range from 50- to 100-person oceanfront chalets along the 18th fairway to 25-person dunes skyboxes around the 17th green.
All packages include premium catering for the four championship
rounds and open bar service. Limited inventory remains for both packages.
Early hospitality sales have included a diverse group of Charleston businesses, as well as many national corporations. Several companies that were in attendance for the 2012 PGA Championship have purchased packages for the 2021 Championship, indicating the positive experience and value these businesses received during South Carolina’s first golf major.
“The interest in hospitality from Charleston-based businesses and national corporations has been remarkable and speaks to the Lowcountry’s appeal,” said Scott Reid, 2021 PGA Championship director. “Pittsburgh-based First National Bank, the largest subsidiary of F.N.B. Corporation, and Charleston’s own Halls Management Group are two of nearly 125 companies that will be conducting business at the 2021 PGA Championship. We look forward to providing them all with a tremendous experience.”
The PGA of America’s world-class hospitality program provides opportunities for companies and individuals to foster new business relationships and strengthen existing ones. PGA Championship packages are tailored for businesses looking to distinguish themselves in the marketplace and provide measurable return on investment through thoughtful and entertaining programming, including client retention, business development, internal sales incentives, philanthropic endeavors and annual meetings.
“First National Bank values this opportunity not only to support our clients and offer them a memorable experience but also to support this incredible venue and help drive economic prosperity in the region,” said Len Hutchison, regional market executive and president of FNB’s South Carolina region.
All hospitality packages feature tickets with both grounds and hospitality access; breakfast and lunch buffets prepared by award-winning chefs; afternoon food service and desserts; premium open bar service; preferred parking; executive restrooms; access to the PGA’s Dual-Logo Merchandise Program; Wi-Fi; and more.
The PGA of America formed the 2021 PGA Championship Council, co-chaired by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Kiawah Island Golf Resort president and former PGA of America President Roger Warren, to support the event’s corporate engagement efforts and sales, which are key components of the Championship’s overall success. The Council features local, regional and national business executives who have spearheaded sales efforts and developed relationships for the Championship both in and out of market.
For more information on the 2021 PGA Championship’s hospitality program, visit attend.thepga.com/2021/ or email Ben Rhodes, hospitality sales manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.org.