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PGA Tour Wells Fargo Championship Preview

April 27, 2012 6:01 AM

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wells fargo championship PGA Tour Wells Fargo Championship Preview

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Wells Fargo Championship
Quail Hollow Club
3700 Glen Eagles Rd.
Charlotte, NC  28120
(704) 552-7491
www.wellsfargochampionship.com/

Dates: April 30 to May 6
Click here for ticketing information
Click here for schedule

Click here for parking and shuttle information. Some lots are only open Saturday and Sunday.

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It is time once again for the PGA Tour to come to Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship. Originally the Wachovia Championship, the Wells Fargo Championship began in 2003 with a different winner every year. Seven out of nine of those winners, including 2007 winner Tiger Woods, have been American. Quail Hollow is one of the tougher courses on the PGA tour, with holes 16 to 18 known as The Green Mile. This year promises to be one of the best, and with this year’s competition, it’s anyone’s game.

Related: Charlotte PGA News

Plan Ahead

Plan ahead and know whether you want to follow a player or group cross-country style, or if it’s a better fit for you to sit still and watch the game happen as it passes by parade style. You’ll also want to get a pairing sheet and a course map, and know what time your favorite players tee off. 

Check weather forecasts and bring the appropriate protective gear. Drink plenty of water. Getting a bad sunburn or becoming dehydrated can quickly ruin your fun. There are also concession stands set up throughout the event to allow guests to restock.

Parents, take advantage of the Safe-Tee Kid program. Pick up a brightly colored wristband at the information services tent at the main entrance near the bus shuttle. If a child becomes separated from parents, the wristband will remind them to look for a tournament ambassador to help them. Ambassadors are uniformed and credentialed. The tournament’s youth view offers a fenced area near the driving range where kids 12 and younger may watch players warm up before tee-off and practice. No parents are allowed in the youth view area.

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Special Events
Youth Exhibition

Practice Tee

Date: Tues, May 1 – 5 p.m.
Price: included in ticket price

Children 12 and under are invited to sit in the gated practice area while a not-yet-announced PGA tour player teaches them about the game. Offering a great way for children to learn to love golf without parents snooping around, the event requires parents only watch from behind the gated area.

Sunrise Service
18th Green

Date: Sun, May 6 – 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Price: free

Pastor David from Forest Hill Church will officiate this non-denominational style worship service. The hour-long event will be open to the public and is scheduled to end before the last rounds begin.

Where To Stay
Ms. Elsie’s Caribbean Bed & Breakfast
334 N. Sharon Amity Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 365-5189 
www.mselsies.com

Ms. Elsie’s Caribbean Bed & Breakfast Inn strives to include a peaceful tropical island feel in an urban setting. A full Caribbean gourmet breakfast is prepared for guests in an inn that flows with pastel colors and tropical plants reminiscent of island getaways. The inn is named after the grandmother of proprietor Cheryl Watkins. Ask for special amenities including spa and romance package services.

The Edna Inn
3213 Moores Glen Drive
Charlotte, NC 28209-4069
(704) 909-0833
www.ednainn.com

The Edna Inn is a Bed and Breakfast located very close to Charlotte’s Freedom Park. Breakfast is served daily in the dining room or on the outdoor patio. Edna Inn feels like home: Instead of being a large historic house, it is a smaller modern home in a residential neighborhood in Charlotte. It is conveniently located only three miles from downtown, the same distance from Southpark Mall, and most needs can be found within one mile. 

Where to Dine
Zebra Restaurant and Fine Catering
4521 Sharon Rd. 
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 442-9525
www.zebrarestaurant.net


If you enjoy fine dining at a locally owned restaurant, Zebra is the place to eat. Zebra restaurant is the winner of several prestigious awards and distinctions, including four stars from AAA, Wine Spectator’s best of award of excellence, and has been in the Zagat top 10 since 2004. Expect a deliciously complex menu filled with foie gras, lobster bisque and any number of locally sourced gourmet dishes.

Harper’s Restaurant
6518 Fairview Rd. 
Charlotte, NC 28210
(704) 366-6688
www.harpersgroup.com

Harper’s Restaurant is a more casual dining experience, with American-style cuisine and a comfortable atmosphere. This is a great place to snag Carolina BBQ, a treat that should not be missed. Also dine on hickory-grilled steaks and fresh seafood. Harper’s has outdoor patios and has an indoor lounge with HDTV for sports events, even PGA highlights.

Related: Best Golf Courses Around Charlotte

Vincent Eagan, III is a minister who has preached and taught Jesus in 30 states and Peru over the last 15 years. He currently lives in Monroe, NC, and is working on his MTh in Theology. He has been a life-long student of the Bible and other religious texts, and loves to discuss history. Find his work at at Examiner.com.

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