The face of the Barracuda Championship (formerly Reno-Tahoe Open) was made-over just in time for its highly-anticipated 16th year; the annual Reno Tahoe tournament is now named the Barracuda Championship, based off its new title sponsor, Barracuda Networks. Although the name of the game may have changed, the tournament’s esteemed reputation remains as a favorite stop on the PGA Tour for golfers and spectators alike… With a course surrounded by Reno Tahoe’s spectacular snow-capped mountains and sky-high pine trees, how could it not? Better yet, this year’s Barracuda Championship promises to be bigger, better, and more lively than ever due to the wide variety of new on-site activities for spectators to enjoy; with the Mirassou Wine Walk, the Food Truck Stop, the Kids’ Tree House and more, this year is sure to be a hole-in-one for the whole family.
When: July 28- August 03
Venue: Jack Nicklaus-designed Montrêux Golf and Country Club (par 72, 7,472 yards). Montrêux is the third longest course on the PGA Tour and it has also rated the 6th most difficult course among all PGA Tour events.
Purse: $3 million (first place, $540,000) and 300 FedEx cup points
Scoring: Modified Stableford scoring– The Barracuda Championship boasts the opportunity to be the only event on the entire PGA Tour to play with this format. Rather than counting the total number of strokes taken as in typical stroke play golf, Modified Stableford involves scoring points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole. This exciting format encourages the professionals to shoot for the pin every time which creates more excitement for spectators.
Tickets: Season pass (week-long ticket) is $65. Daily tickets are $20. Children 15-under are free with an accompanying adult.
Media: Live Television Coverage will be on The Golf Channel
The Barracuda Championship welcomes 132 PGA Tour Professional golfers to Reno Tahoe.
Since its start in 1999, the Barracuda Championship has been host to a number of PGA stars, including Gary Woodland, Jonathan Byrd, J.J. Henry, and more. Displaying incredible playing ability year to year, including a record-breaking low round of 61 for 2011 champion Scott Piercy, and an unprecedented feat on a pair of par 3s by acing two holes in the same round in 2006 by Yusaku Miyazato, all of these athletes have brought excitement to the grounds of Montrêux. This year, the Barracuda Championship is excited to announce that top-ranked amateur golfer, Patrick Rodgers, who recently finished a record career at Stanford University, will start what is sure to be a prosperous professional career at the event. Jason Allred, coming off a top 15 finish at the Memorial Tournament, will also be in attendance. Lasly, a fan favorite, John Daly, will be there as well! A complete list of all the players can be found here!
Women’s Day: The Barracuda Championship brings back Ladies day this year on July 27. Much more than simply a ladies golf outing, Women’s Day presented by Barrick Gold invites all women, from avid golfers to amateurs, to enjoy a “tee”-rific day on the green. Welcome back Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk, the 7-time Canadian Women’s Long Drive Champion, as she gives advice and tips to fellow lady golfers and entertains with an interactive golf demonstration. Enjoy all aspects of this exciting event including a fashion show featuring “bigs” and “little’s” from Reno Tahoe’s own Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada, a special introduction to Women’s Health by KTVN’s Wendy Damonte, and a chance to tee up with a ball of yarn from Jimmy Beans Wool for a long-drive contest!
Pro-Am Golf Event: The Pro-Am allows you and your guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play alongside a PGA Tour professional at the beautiful Montrêux Golf and Country Club. Tee times and groupings are decided upon at the Tuesday evening Pairings Party the night prior at the Eldorado Hotel Resort, featuring hosted food and beverage in an elegant setting while you play a “Deal or No Deal” game to learn who your PGA Tour professional teammate will be the following day. Each participant receives a valuable gift package and a commemorative photograph with the Pro in your group.
Patriot’s Luncheon 2014: The Barracuda Championship salutes the troops in a very special way with the 5th annual Patriots’ Luncheon featuring the K9s For Warriors program and benefiting the Veterans Guest House. Come out July 29 from 11:30 am until 1 p.m. for a visiting soldier’s story about war, post traumatic stress disorder and the rescue dog that helps him each and every day, where you will no doubt be inspired and moved while benefiting an amazing cause.
Check out all of the events and activities the Barracuda Championship has to offer this year.
Reno Tahoe USA is happy to extend the opportunity to receive $4.00 off a “Good Any-Day” ticket, (no limit on how many you can purchase). Click here to purchase and enter promotional code RSCVA14 to activate the discount.
And don’t forget to save those tickets after the tournament is over- on the back of each ticket is a special discount for Wildcreek Golf Course, a local favorite golf course. After watching golf all week, you now have the perfect excuse to extend your stay in Reno Tahoe and play golf… you don’t want to let this discount go to waste!