Update: You can now win four tickets to this event!
By Patricia Hall, Fairfax Family Fun
Golf is not just for grown-ups! If the only exposure to golf your kids have had is a fun round at your local mini-golf place, let this summer be the one where you expose them to what golf really looks like, on a great course and during a tournament with PGA pros. We’re glad to team up with Quicken Loans National to share how the event brings not only world-class golfers but also many fun activities for children in one place — including many freebies!
The Quicken Loans National is one of the Washington, DC, area’s must-attend sporting events. Managed by TGR Live, this premier PGA TOUR tournament invites 120 of the top professionals from around the world. This year’s tournament, June 26-July 2, 2017, takes place at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Maryland for the first time in Quicken Loans National history. Rickie Fowler is committed to play in the tournament along with defending champion and Navy graduate Billy Hurley III.
And while having many of the world’s top golfers in town is exciting enough on its own, the Quicken Loans National also has plans to make this a perfect family summertime activity. The tournament has put together numerous programs for youth including free tickets for children, a kid’s village, a “learning lab,” a junior clinic, and special viewing zones. The goal of these special programs is to help young fans get a unique experience on and off the course to get a better appreciation for the game and enjoy a great day with family and friends. They also provide ways to make the most of your day and still have fun when taking a break from the action.
Complimentary tickets for kids
At the 2017 Quicken Loans National, children ages 12 years old and younger can receive complimentary grounds tickets. Complimentary youth tickets are available at the Quicken Loans National box office, located at the Main Entrance, when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Youth ages 13-17 can receive discounted grounds tickets also at the box office. Ticket prices for adults start at $20-40 for the grounds.
Discounted Rocket Mortgage MadHouse tickets can also be purchased at the box office for kids ages 12 and younger. Located on 17 tee, the Rocket Mortgage MadHouse is a climate-controlled viewing area with upgraded food and beverage options for purchase.
New in 2017 is a fun addition to the Quicken Loans National that is sure to be a hit with children. Kids Village is a destination for young fans and families to share a memorable experience while taking a break throughout the day. Kids Village, to be located between The Yard and 16 green, will have mini golf, interactive games, and activities tailored for the younger crowd. If the little ones need a break, they can come here for face painting, caricature artists, and mascot appearances.
TGR Learning Lab Youth Activity Zone
A section of the Kids Village will be the TGR Learning Lab Youth Activity Zone. The Zone will combine fun with hands-on education through activities that demonstrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics. Specifically, the six featured stations will highlight the Tiger Woods Foundation’s core curriculum and college-access programs. Activities include a tinkering table to demonstrate electricity concepts, a Light It Up project where kids will learn about circuitry and create their own 3D-printed mini flashlight, a tower-building engineering challenge, a buoyancy challenge, and a Pi-related hands-on exercise.
There also will be a College Blueprint activity for students to use augmented reality software to explore campus life at schools across the United States. The TGR Learning Lab will be open Wednesday, June 26, 2017, noon to 3 p.m., and Thursday through Sunday, June 27-July 2, 10 am to 5:30 pm.
If your kids are already into golf, or eager to get started, don’t miss the Junior Clinic offered on Wednesday, June 28, from 2 pm to 3 pm. The clinic is presented just for junior golfers looking to sharpen their skills and for those who want to learn the basics. This free interactive clinic and exhibition will take place on the driving range and feature a PGA TOUR professional who can help kids take their game to the next level.
Special Viewing Zones
One more special family-friendly feature that can’t be overlooked — and we mean that literally! — of the Quicken Loans National is the availability of special viewing zones. The tournament organizers recognize that seeing over the crowd can be difficult for little ones, so they have established special youth viewing zones for young fans. Open to kids 12 and younger, the youth viewing zones are located at the driving range, 3 green, 17 green and The Yard viewing platform on 18 fairway.
Making the tournament welcoming to fans of all ages is part of the Quicken Loans National’s commitment to youth programming and activities. This commitment stems from the Tiger Woods Foundation, which is the primary charity beneficiary of the tournament. For more than 20 years, the Tiger Woods Foundation has worked supported and empowered youth through education, scholarship, after-school programs and more. TGR Live and the Quicken Loans National also have been leaders in the community in military appreciation, offering programs and activities that support military members and their families.
Flexible ticketing options
The Quicken Loans National has a broad range of pricing options, from the general admission tickets to stadium seats, clubhouse options, and more. The general admission grounds tickets provide more flexibility for families by giving guests the option to attend the day of their choice.
There are also Golf Lovers Packages that include food from Ruth’s Chris Steak House and discounts for college students and veterans. Quicken Loans National also offers complementary military tickets for all active, reserve, retired, and National Guard members. Whichever ticket options you choose, remember: Father’s Day is coming up. Tickets to the Quicken Loans Nationals the next week would make a nice gift!
Quicken Loans National Ticket Giveaway
The Quicken Loans National is giving away one four-pack of tickets to the Rocket Mortgage MadHouse to one lucky winner. The MadHouse gives guests great views of the 17th tee and premier, indoor lounge style amenities. Just follow the directions on the entry form below to enter. Giveaway ends on 06/26/2017 at 11:59pm EDT. It is open for U.S. residents only. The winner will receive the tickets directly from Quicken Loans National.
This blog post is sponsored by Quicken Loans National. The writing is my own work and reflects my opinion. Follow the fun of the Quicken Loans National with the hashtags #DeclareYourDay and #QLNational and @QLNational on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Photo credits: Top photo (golf ball), purchased stock photo; bottom photo, provided by Quicken Loans National and used with permission.