PGA Championship this weekend at Harding Park in San Francisco!

The PGA tour has it's first major of the year this weekend with the PGA Championship! It's a full field of the world's best golfers! The field tees off Thursday morning at TPC Harding Park outside San Francisco. The first 2020 PGA Championship tee times are at 10 a.m. ET, while Tiger Woods heads to the tee 93 minutes later. The PGA Championship moved to May last year but is now back in August because of the schedule shuffling caused by the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time since 1971, the 2020 PGA Tour Championship will be the first major of the season.

Brooks Koepka has won two straight Wanamaker Trophies and will try to become the first to win three straight since Ben Hogan in 1923-27. Koepka joins new world No. 1 Justin Thomas as co-favorites at 10-1 in the latest 2020 PGA Championship odds. Bryson DeChambeau is right behind them at 11-1, while Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are at 14-1. 

A lot of tour players live in Florida these days. Will the winner represent the Sunshine State? We'll find out soon enough. It should be a great tournament! 

 




How to Get the Best Golf Deals in South Florida During the Winter Season

Many golf courses in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas raise their rates in mid-November because, unlike northern golf courses, Winter is "peak season" in sunny Florida. With tourism so strong in Florida, the golf course operators naturally want to maximize revenue while throngs of visiting golfers are in South Florida. But if you are a local resident who patronizes area courses year-round, do you have to pay the "seasonal" rates that the tourists pay?

You can still benefit from your local residency during "the season" at most golf courses who offer a "local resident" rate that is lower than the non-resident public rate. Usually, you have to reside in the city where the golf course is located to get this discount and be able to show proof of your address. Some courses make available this local resident discount as long as you live in the tri-county area between Miami and Palm Beach. So you should check with the golf course to ask how they define "local resident" before you book your tee time, or you may be in for a surprise at the check-in counter.

Another way to save on golf at public courses during the Winter months is to purchase an annual membership that guarantees you specific discounts throughout the year. Annual memberships make sense for a frequent golf who wants additional amenities like a locker, bag storage, and discounts in the restaurant and pro shop. But if you play only once per week or a few times per month, the typical club annual membership will be an expensive option for you.

Some golf clubs in South Florida offer a "no frills" annual membership that will provide you with lower rates regardless of the time of year. If you just want to golf, without all the expensive amenities, this may be the best option for you. You get a membership card that, when presented at the golf shop, provides you with a minimum discount of off the public morning rate, no matter what time of year.  This type of "golf only" membership may be the best option for you, and the best way to avoid paying high seasonal rates at South Florida golf courses.

Enjoy the great golf weather from November to April and hit 'em straight!

Contributed by Dave Harris
South Florida Golf Blog
November 15th, 2018
 


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Summer Golf Leagues Popular in South Florida

Posted Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Thanks to the longer days during the Summer, many golfers in South Florida play in the cooler evening hours. With plenty of daylight up to 8:00 PM, it's possible to get in a round after work at many local courses in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. So local golf facilities have responded to this demand by offering Evening Leauges during the Summer. The leagues usually play once a week and feature a variety of formats, games, and fun activities for the league members. Special "happy hour" drink prices are a popular offering also. Most of these summertime leagues start in May and continue into August. Stats are kept on the players weekly scores ,and prizes and a League Champion trophy are awarded at the end of the season.

One popular local course that has had success with their summer evening league is Davie Golf Club, the municipal course owned by the Town of Davie. Davie Golf Club has offered a Wednesday Night League for the past 5 years with an average of 30 golfers participating in the after-work fun. The 2020,  league is already in progress and continues into the first week of September. League players benefit from a low league registration fee and discounted weekly green fees. Golfers interested in joining the Davie Golf Club "Wednesday League" can find more information at: https://www.daviegolf.net/leagues/