Barracuda Championship Celebrates 20 Years in Reno

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The area’s only PGA TOUR event returns July 30-Aug. 5


RENO, Nev. (July 20, 2018) –– With roughly 40,000 attendees over the four-day tournament, the Barracuda Championship has paved its way to becoming one of Reno’s core summer events. The PGA TOUR event is the only one of its kind in Northern Nevada and offers an unforgettable experience for golf fans, families and anyone looking for a weekend of good food, drinks and fun in the hills of Montrêux. Tickets are $25 and include access to The Patio, live music and more.

“To think this tournament has been around for 20 years is amazing,” said Tournament Director Chris Hoff. “So much has been accomplished in that time including nearly $4 million in donations to charities. We couldn’t do it without the support of this incredible community and it certainly wouldn’t happen without our dedicated volunteers.”

Set for July 30 through Aug. 5, the event begins with pro-ams and practice days for players and the community is invited to the Patriots Luncheon and First Tee Day, both held Tuesday.

Tournament play begins Thursday. Golf fans can enjoy one of the most unique events on the PGA TOUR, which runs a Modified Stableford format on one of course designer Jack Nicklaus’s top five courses, drawing some big names in golf.

Initial player commitments were just announced and include Graeme McDowell, Bill Haas, Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington in addition to exemptions for Doug Ghim, Norman Xiong, Wolf Pack golf alum Grant Booth and Reno Open winner and Nevada Native, AJ McInerney.

Barracuda Championship is not just for serious golf fans. There’s plenty for people looking to enjoy the summer weather with delicious food and drink, or those interested in the many family-friendly activities available outside the ropes.

Patriots Luncheon
In partnership with Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation, the Barracuda Championship pays special tribute to our nation’s troops during the annual Patriots Luncheon held Tuesday, July 31. Attendees have the opportunity to experience a military base while hearing stories of incredible heroism and strength. This year’s luncheon will honor the servicemen and women who served in the Korean War. A special presentation by Jon Yuspa, founder and CEO of Honor Flight Nevada and local Korean War veterans will offer though-provoking stories of wartime and their unique journey to visit the Korean War Memorial. Tables of eight are available for $1,000 and individual tickets are $125. To reserve a spot call 775-322-3900.

First Tee Day with Norman Xoing
Have a chance to play with the pros on Tuesday, July 31. This free clinic gives children the chance to learn the fundamentals of a proper golf swing and how to play the game directly from PGA TOUR professionals. To sign up call 775-851-2332.

The Patio on the 18thGreen Presented by RenoTahoe
Every ticket into the Barracuda Championship grants spectators access to The Patio where they can enjoy tasty barbecue at The Great Clubhouse Cookoutor a refreshing beverage from the Jim Beam Bar.

The Discovery at Barracuda STEAM Zone Sponsored by Circus Circus
For attendees of all ages, The Discovery STEAM Zone sponsored by Circus Circus, located just off the 9thfairway, treats visitors to an interactive learning experience and activities that teaches golf through science, art, engineering and mathematics.

Tito’s Terrace
Join the party at this VIP sky box, presented by Tito’s Vodka, and get great views of the action as well as flat screen TVs, a live DJ and bar games. Each ticket to the sky box includes two complimentary drinks within the Tito’s Terrace.

Jose Cuervo Margarita Bar
New this year, grab a refreshing Jose Cuervo margarita just off the ninth green.

The Concert on The Patio
Follow up the action at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 with live music from local band Jacked-Up. The show is free to all tournament attendees.

William Hill Wine Walk
William Hill Wine, the official wine of the PGA TOUR, is back at the Barracuda

Championship with four wine tasting stations spread across the course. Spectators can enjoy the action and a vast selection of wines at any one of the four locations.

The 20th annual Barracuda Championship, an official PGA TOUR event, takes place July 30-Aug. 5, 2018 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


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 About Barracuda Championship
The 20th annual Barracuda Championship, an official PGA TOUR event, takes place July 30-Aug. 5, 2018 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev. The tournament is one of just 48 full-field stops during the PGA TOUR Season and is part of the FedEx Cup series, a points competition for PGA TOUR professionals. The internationally televised event brings in millions of dollars in coverage for the Reno-Tahoe region through its affiliation with Golf Channel as it follows  PGA TOUR professionals competing for a share of the tournament’s $3.4 million purse. Montrêux Golf & Country Club has been the host site since the tournament’s inception in 1999. The Barracuda Championship is managed and operated by the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, comprised of key sponsors including title sponsor Barracuda Networks, Eldorado Hotel Reno, AT&T and NV Energy.

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