The highest-profile golf tournament to be played in Sacramento in three decades is becoming more of a community reality as ticket sales progress.
The United States Golf Association, which sanctions the event, on Wednesday announced the availability of two more ticket packages that offer flexible attendance options.
The four-pack costs $109 and includes four one-day tickets, each of which can be used on the bearers’ day of choice during the four-day event. All four also can be used on the same day.
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The Trophy Club four-pack costs $199 with the same good-any-day option and includes access to the Trophy Club pavilion, an air-conditioned facility near the 17th green that has indoor and outdoor seating, television monitors, scoring terminals and the option to purchase upgraded food and beverages.
Other individual and corporate ticket packages were previously announced and are on sale online at 2015ussenioropen.com. Ticket questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, call (916) 246-7254.
Volunteer opportunities remain available and can be accessed through the Del Paso Country Club/USGA website.
The Senior Open is one of a number of significant pro and amateur events to be played in the region and is the latest championship event at Del Paso Country Club, the most recent biggie being the 1982 U.S. Women’s Open. The 1957 U.S. Women’s Amateur also was played at Del Paso, as was the 1964 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur. The 1963 U.S. Amateur Public Links was at Haggin Oaks.
The region held regular senior and women’s pro tournaments for several years. The Senior Gold Rush – later the Gold Rush Classic – at Rancho Murieta and, later, a Serrano Country Club, was a Champions (senior) Tour stop played from 1987 through 2001. An LPGA event which began as the Twelve Bridges Classic before being renamed the Longs Drug Challenge, was played in the greater Sacramento region (Twelve Bridges Country Club, Lincoln Hills Golf Club and The Ridge Golf Club) from 1996 until 2005.
At Del Paso, players will be aiming for holes that will have been placed with detailed care by USGA officials, who started the process of hole layout last fall.
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