Sunday, April 9, 2006
If today's final at the Masters in Augusta, Ga., has you yearning to walk the manicured lawns of a club with some of the gods of golf, three major championships remain this year. You could be among the spectators filling the galleries in New York, Illinois and across the water trap in England at the U.S. Open, the Open Championship and the PGA Championship. (All prices listed are per person double; availability is as of press time.) -- Elissa Leibowitz PomaU.S. Open
WHEN/WHERE: June 15-18 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
TICKETS: Only practice round tickets ($35 per ticket) are available officially through the U.S. Golf Association; purchase online at http://www.usopen.com/ (click on "Championships"). For tickets to the event itself, contact a broker. GoTickets.com (800-775-1617, http://www.gotickets.com/ ) sells grounds-only day passes for $150 to $195 per ticket. Passes giving access to the grounds and an air-conditioned tent are $251 to $296 through RazorGator (800-542-4466, http://www.razorgator.com/ ).
PACKAGES: Get two nights' lodging, two-day tournament passes and shuttle transport through Premiere Sports Travel (800-924-9993, http://www.sports%20travel.com/ ; $725). If you prefer to stay in New York City, a deal through Roadtrips (800-465- 1765, http://www.roadtrips.com;/ from $975) gives you two nights' lodging in Manhattan, passes to the final two rounds and breakfasts.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: The course is about 25 miles north of Manhattan, making a jaunt from the city to the Open a fairly easy side trip (traffic aside). If you prefer to stay put in Westchester County, tour the manor houses in and around Sleepy Hollow, including Kykuit (home to four generations of Rockefellers), and the Gothic Revival mansion Lyndhurst in Tarrytown. Info: NYC and Co. , 212-484-1200, http://www.nycvisit.com/ ; Westchester County Office of Tourism, 800-833-9282, http://www.westchestertourism.com/ .
INFO: U.S Open, 908-234-2300, http://www.usopen.com/The Open Championship
WHEN/WHERE: July 20-23 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.
TICKETS: Tickets for the golf event (better known as the British Open) are widely available at the gate and can be purchased in advance through the Royal and Ancient Golf Club . Practice round passes are $9 to $44 each; championship rounds are $87 apiece. Special prices for fans 16 to 21 years old and those over 65 are available. Info: 011-44-13-3446-0000, http://www.randa.org/bibitopentickets .
PACKAGES: Play five courses in Scotland and England, then attend the final two days of the Open Championship through SGH Golf (800-284-8884, http://www.sghgolf.com/ ; from $2,455); package includes lodging, breakfasts, ground transport and greens fees. A package consisting of three nights at a golf resort near Chester, passes for the Open Championship's final two days, most meals and ground transport through Roadtrips (800-465-1765, http://www.roadtrips.com/ ) is $2,515.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: The golf club is in Merseyside county and near Liverpool, where Beatles tours will keep music fans occupied. The region surrounding Liverpool's Albert Dock is stocked with seafaring museums, or take in the views of the Welsh hillside from the 330-foot tower of the Liverpool Cathedral. Info: Liverpool Tourism , 011-44-151-233-2008, http://www.visitliverpool.com/ ; Mersey Partnership , http://www.merseyside.org.uk/ .
INFO: Open Championship, 011-44-13-3446-0000, http://www.opengolf.com/PGA Championship
WHEN/WHERE: Aug. 17-20 at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.
TICKETS: Prices range from $95 to $125 per pass, depending on which round you attend. Practice round passes are $20 to $35 each. Tickets can be purchased through the PGA Ticketing Center (800-742-4653, http://ticketing.pgalinks.com/ ).
PACKAGES: Get three nights' lodging at a hotel 15 miles from the course, grounds passes to the final two rounds on Aug. 19 and 20, airport transfers and breakfast through Premiere Sports Travel (800-924-9993, http://www.sportstravel.com/ ; from $905). A comparable deal through Sports Traveler (888-654-7755, http://www.sportstraveler.net/ ) is also $905.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: The course is about 30 miles northwest of Chicago, which is worth visiting for the views from the Sears Tower Skydeck and the impressionist collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. Closer to the course, you can catch a game of the minor league baseball team, the Schaumburg Flyers, who are in town the weekend of the event. Info: Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau , 877-244-2246, www.choosechicago.com ; DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau , 800-232-0502, http://www.dupagecvb.com/ .
Info: PGA of America , 561-624-8400, http://www.pga.com/pgachampionship