Shriners Children’s Open History
Shriners Children’s Open is held in TPC Summerlin, which was formerly known as the Tournament Players Club at Summerlin. Since its opening in 1991, TPC Summerlin has been ranked one of the best public golf courses in Las Vegas. The course has hosted many great tournaments including the Shriners Children’s Open.
TPC Summerlin boasts a well-balanced course that not only accommodates long hitters but also players who are accurate off tee and have superb short games.
The 7200 yard course includes four par 5s and six par 3s with water hazards coming into play on ten holes, five of them being on the back nine.
TPC Summerlin Pro Tips
A couple of holes to keep an eye out for are the par 3 14th, reachable in two for longer hitters but guarded by a bunker and water on either side of the green. The 16th is also an interesting hole with O.B surrounding it on three sides.
Although reachable in two, you may want to lay up off the tee or suffer the consequences.
The Par 5 17th is another enjoyable hole with risk/reward at its finest involving a fairway bunker that can be used as a target if you hit your ball just right.
If not, then expect your ball to end up deep in this hazard which will leave you with a tricky second shot over water to an elevated green.
PC Summerlin Pro Tip
The Course also has four par 3s that are all good in their own way. The 12th is a long three shot with water coming into play off the tee, the 16th is a shorter hole which features water from the tee and right side of green, and finally there’s the 17th which is another great risk/reward hole surrounded by water on both sides of this elevated green.
Finally you have the 18th, a picturesque finishing hole where plenty of birdies have been made over the years. This downhill par 4 is reachable for many players so expect to see some eagle putts being holed out at this iconic Vegas golf course.
Since its’ opening year in 1991, TPC Summerlin has hosted many great tournaments.
One of the original Las Vegas golf tournaments, Shriners Children’s Open kicks off the PGA Tour schedule in October and is one of the premier events on the tour.
With courses like Pebble Beach hosting The Open Championship in June, it can be argued that TPC Summerlin is home to one of PGA Tour’s most underrated playoff events.
In addition to being a regular stop for top players from around the world, TPC Summerlin has been featured in Golf Digest , GOLF MAGAZINE , and dozens more reputable magazines over the years.
In 2007, GolfWeek voted it as having “Best Conditioning” for a public golf course in Nevada while also hosting back-to-back PGA Tour Champions events in 2005 and 2006.
Shriners Children’s Open Format
The Shriners Children’s Open is typically played over four rounds at 72 holes for a total of 18-under par.
Typically, the top 60 players make the cut based on aggregate scores after the second round while ties at this stage are divided between both third and fourth rounds before moving to sudden death in the event of more ties.
Shriners Children’s Open Prize Money
The tournament sees an equal pay out with $600,000 for 1st place down to $102,500 for 30th place should all competitors finish tied together after 72 holes.
\The winner also receives 500 FedEx Cup points along with invitations to next year’s Masters Tournament at Augusta National, The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, and the PGA Championship.
During its’ tenure in Las Vegas, Shriners Children’s Open has seen multiple winners with most recently Sweden’s Henrik Stenson earning his first win on U.S. soil.
Prior to this was American Jason Gore who took home $810,000 for his efforts back in 2006 while also solidifying himself as the leading money earner of the year on the Nationwide Tour which he had previously won back in 2005.
Other notable names on the leaderboard include Peter Lonard (2nd), Paul Casey (3rd), Jeff Quinney (5th) among others.
Shriners Children’s Open Ticket Prices & Details
Adult (Ages 18-54) $15 Monday-Thursday , $20 Friday-Sunday & Holidays, $8 per day for Juniors ages 17 and under.
General admission is free before 11AM Monday Thursday for all other than tournament rounds.
Daily Parking Fee: $10-$25 dependant on type of pass you buy. RV & Bus Passes are also available should you be coming in with tour groups or friends/family who may opt to travel to the course via these transit methods.
The Shriners Children’s Open has no problem attracting people looking for a good time so expect the turn out to be even higher this year due to it being the final event on the PGA Tour before ending for 6-weeks or so.
Driving Distance: Will vary depending on tee box used. Similar in length/par at around 7,100 yard total distance.
Why Attend the Shriners Children’s Open?
With its’ placement on the PGA Tour, Shriners Children’s Open has developed a reputation of being one of the best events to attend before the end of the season.
With only three rounds played due to it following one less playoff event, this is an excellent place for golf fans to see some top ranked players battle over their huge paychecks before heading home for the winter/holiday break.
The primary reason people come out in droves during these last few weeks are for two things:
Free concerts and drinks!
While any tournament may promise big names with headliners, no other golf tournament except this one does so at just $15 per day or $20 for all three days.
This includes not only popular music acts playing the main stage but also an interactive street party.
Back in 2010, there were 19 different acts who performed including Tegan and Sara, Andy Grammer, The Airborne Toxic Event, Kongos, Walk Off the Earth, Robert DeLong & Cherub to name a few.
While this may not seem like much to some people, you have to consider that the price was nearly nothing for anyone to get into see these shows.
If you are planning on coming out for this year’s event then be sure to check out their website as they will release information regarding performers and what not as we get closer!