Golf is much more than just a game. It’s an experience, and an exciting one at that. Golfers play the game, wear the game, travel for the game and even live on courses to be nearer to the game. But the greatest experience of all is seeing the game live and in living color, played by the best athletes in the sport. The Accenture Match Play Championship at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is the ultimate golf experience, especially for those that don’t care a thing about golf.
Golf fans love this world-class event because it brings the Top 64 players in the entire world right to their own backyard and allows them to be feet away from their favorite players. But thousands of people each year who don’t play golf, have never watched golf and don’t consider themselves fans of the game come out to enjoy the perfect weather, the breathtaking views, the wonderful people, great food and drinks and to support our great community. Most don’t know Phil Mickelson from Phil Donahue or a birdie from a bogey, but they don’t come for the golf, they come for the experience.
The Accenture Match Play experience is more than golf. It’s about being outside enjoying the best weather Tucson has to offer. Late February is cool, crisp and perfect –the reason people live and visit Southern Arizona. Most of the country is still shoveling their driveways while we are soaking up sunshine. The views are unmatched anywhere in the world – saguaro cacti and blooming desert flora against a backdrop of mountains and cloudless sky. Avid fans and casual observers alike can enjoy cocktails and conversation with friends while overlooking the 16th green, surrounded by a desert backdrop. You don’t have to love golf to spend your afternoon so relaxed.
The event is affordable and accessible. Of course there are special packages for those wanting a truly VIP experience, but with tickets starting at $25 for an entire day of enjoyment there are packages to fit any budget. You’d spend more just to park at an NFL game! Its family friendly, with autographs and pictures allowed during practice rounds (secretly the best days to go), honors our military by providing unique access for our heroes and even offers something special for students and more. And the people in attendance are the nicest in any sport. They respect the game, its players and fellow fans. Whether you choose to roam the course freely or pick a nice spot along the course to “camp-out”, no other sport allows you to customize your own experience quite like golf.
But the most important thing about the Accenture Match Play is the millions it raises for children’s charities and the $75 million+ boon to our local economy. The continued support of our entire community, not just golf fans, will keep this wonderful and worthwhile event in Tucson. If you don’t like golf, that’s fine. Come out for the weather, the sights, the food, the fun and truly help our community at the same time. I promise you there’s no better experience than that.