The cost of volunteering at the 2015 PGA Championship

It’s a pretty great time to be a professional golf fan in the state of Wisconsin. whistling-straits5

We’ve already had two PGA Championships held at Whistling Straits near Kohler, Wis. The 2017 U.S. Open will be contested at Erin Hills, a course that’s about 45 minutes from Milwaukee. And the PGA returns to Whistling Straits next year, followed by the Ryder Cup in 2020.

Major championships like the PGA require a large number of volunteers to make things run smoothly. And golf fans will likely jump at the chance to experience a major like very few can: inside the ropes.

However, you’re not just giving of your time when you sign up to volunteer. You’re paying a pretty substantial fee as well.

Adult volunteers at the 2015 PGA Championship are being charged $204.75 for their services. This fee gets your several things:

  • Volunteer uniform (golf shirt, headwear and outerwear)
  • Preferred parking
  • Meal and water vouchers
  • The official 97th PGA Championship program
  • Personalized volunteer credential, which will provide access to the grounds all seven days of the championship

Those volunteers who complete their scheduled shifts will also get an early opportunity to register to be a volunteer at the 2020 Ryder Cup. A nice perk, to be sure.

Since it’s a rare chance to be a part of a major championship, I have applied to be a volunteer. I chose to work on the scoring committee that runs the scoreboards, sends scores to media and TV personnel, etc. I can’t wait to see what all goes on behind the scenes at a huge event like this.


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