Harbor Shores

From food trucks to new viewing structures, you'll find many new on-course elements at Harbor Shores this year.

Championship Blog

MAY: Bringing Fans Closer To The Action With New On-course Elements

This year, all the fans joining us for the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid can find food, fun, shopping and more at Harbor Shores this Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-29, with new on-course elements from our team at the PGA of America.

From food trucks to new viewing structures, we are committed to bringing fans closer to the action to deliver a memorable spectator experience at this Major Championship.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW: 2016 Senior PGA Championship ticket order form

In addition to watching the legends of the game compete for the Alfred S. Bourne trophy, fans can explore the following opportunities and attractions at Harbor Shores:

• Community Showcase Tent: New to the Championship this year, the Community Showcase Tent is located at the main entrance. Local volunteers will staff the tent each day, greeting fans and welcoming out of town guests with insider recommendations about places to see and things to do in the area. And, fans can enter a raffle to win prize packages from the local community.

• Merchandise Shop: A new Championship Merchandise Shop has been constructed this year at the main entrance, and built within the Community Showcase Tent. Fans can shop for the latest Championship Merchandise, golf apparel and memorabilia throughout the week to remember their Championship experience at Harbor Shores.

• Food trucks: New this year, the Senior PGA Championship is introducing local cuisines at the food truck concession area located between Holes 7, 8, and 9. Enjoy some of southwest Michigan’s most popular, mouth-watering cuisine from Lark’s Bar-B-Que and Baja Gringo Tacos. Food trucks will be on-site each day of the Championship so fans can stop by and support the community’s local businesses.

• 19th Hole: The 19th Hole ticket is back for the 2016 Championship. Fans can gain access into an upgraded viewing structure on the course, located between the 16th green and 17th tee. This open-air pavilion will feature upgrade seating and televisions, as well as a private bar with beverage options available for purchase.

• 17th Green Bleachers: To bring fans closer to the action, the PGA has constructed a new general admission viewing area behind the 17th green. Fans can get a good look at the finishing par-3 from this location, a popular spot on Championship Sunday.

• Avenue of Flags: The first thing fans will see from the main entrance to the clubhouse is the Avenue of Flags. Nearly 60 flags will line the walking path, each one dedicated to a military member. Proceeds from each flag donation will support Lest We Forget, a non-profit military charity in Benton Harbor.

• Field of Flags: Between holes 7, 8 and 9 in Jean Klock Park, spectators can view the Field of Flags, showcasing more than 200 flags donated by the community to remember those who gave their lives for our country. Flags will be sponsored and dedicated to fallen military members with all proceeds going to Lest We Forget.

We’re dedicated to providing the best possible spectator experience for golf fans and local residents that showcases the beauty of Benton Harbor and Southwest Michigan. Thanks to the help of our community partners and presenting sponsor, KitchenAid, we’re introducing a variety of new elements to this year’s Championship for your enjoyment.

Additional information on all of these features and more can be found in our Spectator Guide.

I hope to see you at Harbor Shores this Memorial Day Weekend!

Sincerely,

Brandon Haney
2016 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid
Championship Operations Manager

MARCH: Saluting Those Who Protect Us

The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid is played over Memorial Day Weekend, one of the most patriotic times of the year. We, at the PGA hope fans and spectators, both at Harbor Shores and watching at home, will join us to remember and honor those brave individuals who have fought to protect our freedom.

Together with PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America, we have partnered with the Whirlpool Veterans Association, Lest We Forget and the North Berrien Military Rites Team to commemorate those individuals and families who have served, and are currently serving.

What you’ll see at Harbor Shores:

• When you walk through the main entrance, you will be greeted by the Avenue of Flags, lining the Championship entrance with flags as a memorial to remember our late veterans. Flags can be purchased and dedicated to loved ones who have served our country and all proceeds will go back to Lest We Forget. Donations start at $50 and can be made online at PGAREACH.com.
• In advance of the first tee shot on Thursday, May 26, and Sunday, May 29, members of the North Berrien Military Rites Team will present the country’s colors, play TAPS and have a 21 gun salute commemoration. On Sunday, May 29, there will also be a flyover courtesy of the United States Air Force in conjunction with TAPS and the 21 Gun Salute.
• Members of the Whirlpool Veterans Association will be serving as volunteer marshals on Hole 17. Working to reduce distractions, maintain pace of play and promote safety of spectators, these distinguished volunteers will be in uniform or wearing a limited edition Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid military uniform provided by PGA REACH.
• To honor the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces, The PGA of America is offering Active Duty, Military Retirees, Active Reserve, National Guard, Department of Defense Civilians and their accompanying spouse complimentary Daily Grounds tickets.

"After serving for 2 years in the Army during the VietNam conflict, I am humbled to be able to work with these groups as we honor all of our Veterans during the Senior PGA tournamment."

J.C Anderson
U.S Army Veteran
2016 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid Executive Chair, Operations

FEBRUARY: Giving Back: Our Way of Saying “Thank You”

We are proud to be a part of the wonderful community that is Benton Harbor and Southwest Michigan. Every two years, this area gives the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and the best players in senior golf an incredibly warm welcome. We are thrilled to be able give back to our neighbors and the local organizations that truly grow the community.

To say thank you to our community, we’re hosting the first Community Reach Sale, where tickets purchased between now and May 1 can benefit our local charitable partner organizations. Available only online through SrPGA.com, the Championship will donate 25 percent of program ticket sales to the affiliated local organization. Fans can select which local charitable group to support during the online check-out process. The organization with the most tickets sold at the end of the campaign will receive an additional 10 percent of their sales as an added benefit, so spread the word to help your choice organization receive the extra prize!

The participating organizations in the Community Reach Sale are Lake Michigan Catholic School, Benton Harbor Promise, St. Joseph Public Schools, Lakeshore Public Schools, The First Tee of Benton Harbor and Girls on the Run of Berrien Shoe Fund.

To participate in the sale, click on the tickets tab above and select the dropdown option titled “Community Reach Sale."

This is truly more than a golf tournament. We have the opportunity to help strengthen our host site communities as a whole and continue to provide opportunities for our local youth. We thank the community for putting us in this position and look forward to getting to know you even more in the coming months.

We hope to see you May 24-29th at Harbor Shores!

Fairways and greens,

Ryan
Championship Director – 77th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid

DECEMBER: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It's that time again -- time to break out the pencils and long sheets of paper and tell Santa what we want this year. To help get you in the holiday spirit, the 77th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid is offering a special holiday sale, running now (December 7) through December 21.

For just $50, you can get four Any Day “Flex” Tickets, a $100 value. Each Flex ticket provides you with access to the grounds of Harbor Shores Golf Club for any one day of the Championship (May 24-29). Tickets to the Championship make a wonderful holiday gift, letting your recipient get up close to the legends of the game and watch players like Colin Montgomerie, Fred Couples and Kenny Perry golf compete in the most prestigious Major Championship in senior golf.

Need some other stocking stuffer and present ideas? A few other things on our list:

- Annual Pass to Play at Harbor Shore Golf Club

- Play where the pros play with unlimited golf at Harbor Shores in 2016, Unlimited use of practice facilities, 15 percent off apparel in Golf Shop, 10 percent off food and beverage in the Grille and at the Turn House and more.

- Top golf apparel and equipment for all weather.

- Rain, heat, even snow – make sure your golfer is decked out in the top new gear and latest equipment, all of which are available in the Harbor Shores pro shop.

What’s on your golfers’ wish lists this year?

Happy Holidays.

Ryan Ogle
Championship Director

NOVEMBER: It's the perfect time to secure a hospitality venue

Seasons Greetings from the 2016 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. No not that season. Golf season! Yeah, that’s right, golf season. It’s always golf season at our office, and before you know it, there will be another golf season at Harbor Shores. And that means it’s time for the 77th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.

Championship Week – May 24-29, 2016 -  is only 29 weeks away. But don’t fret. There’s still time for you to secure your space in one of our premier hospitality venues. Treat your guests and yourself to a golf experience that is second to none. We offer first rate catering, open-bar beverage service, and a front row seat to the biggest names in golf. Be there to see if Colin Montgomerie can be the first to successfully defend his title at Harbor Shores.

Have a large group? Maybe a private suite provides the exclusivity you desire. Want to network with others? Check out our Bourne Club or Champions Club venues. Standard packages, of 5, 10, 20, or 40 guests are available. Or a package can be customized to fit your specific need.

Don’t wait too long. Packages are filling up quickly. Don’t miss your chance to attend the area’s biggest sporting event. And go in style – enjoy complete hospitality while on site. You won’t be disappointed, as evidenced by Jim Seitz, 1st Source Bank.

“As the largest financial institution headquartered in our market, 1st Source Bank takes pride in being involved in major events that impact the communities we serve. 1st Source Bank has used the Senior PGA Tournament at Harbor Shows as one of our key entertainment events since it was first held in the Southwest Michigan area.  The four day tournament and practice rounds provide our bankers an ideal way to reach and interact with our customers.  Unlike other types of entertainment events, we have found that golf provides an excellent opportunity to have deeper conversations with our customers.  We have also learned the age of those who follow golf ranges from teenagers to customers well in their senior years. 

"Entertaining clients at the Senior PGA has given us the opportunity to provide our clients a unique experience that they can’t get somewhere else. Not only have they enjoyed the golf; but the food, atmosphere, and opportunity to see the tournament up close have made it a must-attend event. It truly has been an outstanding experience for 1st Source.“

For more information, I can be reached at bcurtis@pgahq.com or 269-487-3202.

I look forward to seeing you at the 77th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.

Drive safely. …your Titleist depends on it!

Brent Curtis
Championship Manager-Corporate Hospitality, Sales & Marketing

OCTOBER: Volunteers play a vital role in our success

Greetings from Harbor Shores!

We are excited to welcome over 1,800 volunteers from around the country to work on 25 volunteer committees during the 2016 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. The hard work and dedication of the volunteers will be essential to the success and operation of the Championship! If you have ever wanted a behind the scenes look into the sports world, look no further than volunteering for this Major Championship!

We still have openings on many of our committees including: Caddie Services, Contestant Evacuation, Contestant Transportation, Corporate Hospitality Service, Information & Services, Leader Boards & Thru Boards, Marshals, Merchandise, and Standard Bearers. For further descriptions, please visit www.srpga.com and click on the Volunteers tab.  You can sign-up to volunteer online or you call me, at 269-487-3200 to sign-up over the phone, either way works!

Here is the information on how you can sign-up online:

-Visit our website.

-Enter your birthdate

-On the next page – click on the committee you would like to join

-On the next page:

If you are a NEW PGA of America volunteer, under “New PGA Volunteer,” click on the “Register” button

If you are a RETURNING PGA of America volunteer,sign-in under a “Returning PGA of America Volunteer.” (If you have forgotten your password, use the link provided in the “Returning PGA Volunteers” box for assistance.

-Complete the following three steps with payment being last

In exchange for the $130 volunteer/uniform fee, you will receive:

-An official Ralph Lauren Volunteer Uniform, consisting of one (1) golf shirt, outerwear and headwear item all branded with the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid logo

-Complimentary Parking

-Meal and Water Vouchers

-Official Championship Program

-One-time Discount at the Championship Shop

-Personalized Volunteer Credential which allows access to the grounds all six days of the Championship as well as 19th Hole access

-One (1) round of golf (cart rental not included), at Harbor Shores if all assigned shifts are completed*

*On redemption, a $25 cart fee will be collected by the club. The round is transferable as a gift (not for sale) and expires November 1, 2016. Some date restrictions apply

If you have any questions or experience any issues with registration, please contact me at 269-487-3200.

Rachel Wright
Manager, Volunteer Operations Manager

SEPTEMBER: The Championship returns to Benton Harbor

Greetings from the Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, MI, site of the 2016 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, to be played May 24-29, 2016. Thank you for reading our new Championship blog. As the Championship Director for the 77th edition of the Senior PGA, I'm excited about our return to Benton Harbor, home of Whirlpool Corporation. 2016 is our third trip to Harbor Shores, and each year gets better.

Some of the highlights leading up to the 2016 Championship include...

- Colin Montgomerie is our two-time defending champion, and seeks to be the first to defend at Harbor Shores

- The two previous winners at Harbor Shores – Roger Chapman in 2012 and Colin Montgomerie in 2014 – both went on to win the U.S. Senior Open in the same year

- Newly eligible players include major champions John Daly and Jose Maria Olazabal

- Several renovations to the golf course will create new challenges for the players

- Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 8 at 10:00am -- prices start at $15

- Volunteer recruitment is ongoing – there are still spots available if you’d like to be a part of the Championship

- Corporate hospitality packages are still available for companies looking to entertain important guests

Please tune in for all the latest news surrounding the 2016 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Or check out our website for everything  related to our Championship.

I look forward to seeing you at the 77th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.

Happy golfing,

Ryan Ogle