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Visitors to the recent "Taste of the PGA Championship" got an inside look at one of the chalet designs available at the 2006 PGA. (Photo: PGA.com)

Corporate patrons enjoy 'taste' of PGA Championship

Corporations from around the country came to Medinah Country Club in Chicago recently to see first-hand the entertaining opportunities available at the 2006 PGA Championship.

CHICAGO, Ill. -- How do you view a golf tournament from the lap of luxury?

Corporations interested in finding out were invited to attend the "Taste of the PGA Championship" Oct. 4-6 at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

Tournament organizers set up two sample corporate chalets outfitted with various designs of furniture, décor, and, of course, plasma screen TVs for corporate clients to check out, according to 2006 PGA Championship tournament director Michael Belot.

"The 'Taste of the PGA Championship' gives our corporate clientele and prospective clients an opportunity to see and touch the experience they and their customers can have at the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah," Belot said. "It helps them appreciate the kind of corporate entertainment opportunities that are available at the PGA Championship at Medinah."

In addition, visitors were able to sample varieties of food that will be available to chalet customers during the tournament, which is set for the week of Aug. 14-20, 2006, Belot said.

Vendors from all over the country used the opportunity to show corporate event planners how their products might enhance the experience of guests who visit the chalets during tournament week. In addition to furniture, layout, dÈcor, video monitors and food, attendees also were able to check out hotels, transportation options and dual-logo merchandise.

For more information on 2006 PGA Championship corporate hospitality packages, call Todd Alfred, Director of Corporate Hospitality Sales, at (630) 775-1742 or go to www.PGA2006.com.

The PGA Championship is one of four premier golf events conducted by the PGA of America. Others include the Ryder Cup, the Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Since 1916, golf's best professionals have been competing for The PGA Championship's coveted Wanamaker Trophy. Past champions include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Davis Love III, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Walter Hagen.

The 88th PGA Championship will be played Aug. 14-20, 2006, at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. The 39th Ryder Cup is schedule to be played at Medinah in 2012.

The PGA of America, founded in 1916, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.

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