Ryder Cup 2016: General Information
There will be no daily re-admission to the grounds of the Ryder Cup. Once the ticket has been scanned, it will no longer provide admission to the Ryder Cup, except when the weather warning signs are posted. Please wear your ticket in plain view at all times as security personnel will not allow admission to the Ryder Cup for individuals without appropriate credentials. The PGA of America and Hazeltine National Golf Club are not responsible for lost or stolen tickets.
All guests at the 41st Ryder Cup are asked to drink responsibly and be respectful of players and other members of the gallery. Spectators appearing under the age of 30 will be asked for identification prior to being allowed to purchase alcoholic beverages on-site at Hazeltine National Golf Club. The following documents are acceptable forms of identification at the Ryder Cup:
• Current, valid United States or Canadian Driver’s License • Current, valid Military ID w/photo
• Current, valid United States or Canadian ID card w/photo • Current, valid Passport
• Current, valid Mexican Consular ID card • Current, valid U.S. Passport Card
ASSUMPTION OF RISK
Spectators assume all risk of personal injury and property loss or damage, and all risk and danger incidental to the game of golf, inclusive but not limited to, the risk of being struck by a misdirected golf shot, and release The PGA of America, PGA Tournament Corporation, Hazeltine National Golf Club, Ryder Cup Europe, participating players, caddies, and respective officers, directors, employees, agents, members, affiliates and their spouses from any and all liability from any such cause.
The PGA of America and Ryder Cup Europe respectfully request spectators not ask for autographs throughout Ryder Cup Week.
Photography as well as audio and video capturing is allowed in all areas during practice rounds (Tuesday – Thursday). During competition rounds (Friday – Sunday), photography, audio and video recording is prohibited anywhere within 100 yards of competition or when requested by players, caddies, marshals, volunteers, security, Ryder Cup staff or officials.
JUNIOR ADMISSION POLICY
As part of The PGA of America’s mission to grow interest and participation in the game of golf, juniors age 17 and younger may attend the Ryder Cup free-of-charge on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Ryder Cup Week. A maximum of two (2) junior tickets may be obtained per Ryder Cup ticketed adult on these days, at the Main Entrance Admissions office, regardless of a sell-out. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday each junior must have a paid ticket to enter the grounds. Junior tickets do not allow for access into private hospitality areas or the International Pavilion.
All children who become separated from their parents or guardians will be taken to Volunteer Headquarters located adjacent to the Practice Range. Contact the nearest Ryder Cup volunteer if your child is lost.
MILITARY ADMISSION POLICY
To honor the men and women who serve our country in the United States Armed Forces, The PGA of America is pleased to offer Active Duty, Military Retirees, Active Reserve, National Guard and one accompanying individual complimentary grounds tickets during the practice days, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Military personnel present their military ID in exchange for daily admission at the Main Entrance Admissions office. Complimentary military tickets cannot be obtained in advance or upgraded to an alternate venue.
MOBILE DEVICE POLICY
Mobile devices must be kept in Golf Mode setting at all times at the 41st Ryder Cup:
• Set device to silent or vibrate, including but not limited to, ringer and notifications/alerts.
• Camera flash turned off.
• Incoming and outgoing calls may only be made or received at designated areas denoted as “Phone Zones”.
• Text, email, social posting and other data use is allowed on the golf course at any location providing players are not in position and about to play their shots.
• Photography, as well as audio and video capturing, is allowed in all areas during practice days (Tuesday – Thursday).
• During match days (Friday – Sunday), photography, audio and video recording is prohibited anywhere within 100 yards of competition or when requested by players, caddies, marshals, volunteers, security or Ryder Cup staff and officials.
The items listed below are strictly prohibited on the grounds of Hazeltine National Golf Club. All bags will be searched prior to entering the Ryder Cup.
• Backpacks of any size
• Bags, including purses and pieces of luggage, larger than 10” x 10” x 10” in their natural state. Prohibited bags will NOT be accepted or stored.
• Sealed packages of any kind
• Personal electronics such as computers, laptops, or tablets
• Drones, hoverboards, laser pointers, or selfie-sticks
• All oversized chairs with wide arm rests (portable folding canvas chairs are permitted). Carry bags will be searched prior to entry.
• Weapons of any kind (regardless of permit), including pocket knives
• Buckets, ladders, milk crates, or stools
• Banners, posters, or signs (country flags without poles are permitted)
• Any materials with unauthorized advertising or promotion
• Food (except in limited quantities for medical, dietary or infant purposes)
• Beverages (one unopened sealed bottle of water per spectator is permitted)
• Golf clubs
• Other items deemed inappropriate or dangerous by Ryder Cup security in their sole discretion
Please leave all prohibited items in your vehicle as they will not be permitted or stored at the 41st Ryder Cup.
Smoking at the 2016 Ryder Cup will be restricted in accordance with applicable law, including the Minnesota Indoor Clean Air Act. Smoking, to include, but not limited to, cigars, pipes, cigarettes and e-cigarettes will be prohibited in any permanent or temporary buildings, inclusive of hospitality areas, on patios/decks or raised platforms, grandstands and bleachers at the 2016 Ryder Cup. Smoking in an approved area will require the spectator to be 20 feet from any structures listed above.
WEATHER WARNING POLICY FOR SPECTATORS
Please observe the scoreboards and video boards for the Weather Warning sign which will appear when inclement weather is moving into the area. When the
signs appear, spectators are advised to take precautions and seek shelter PRIOR to play being suspended. If the sirens sound, seek shelter immediately.
In the event of inclement weather, please remember to avoid the following:
• Grandstands • Metal fences
• Telephone poles • Golf carts
• Bodies of water • Tall and/or isolated trees
• Open fields • Hill tops and high places
SUGGESTIONS FOR SPECTATORS
• Carpool whenever possible.
• Remember where your car is parked.
• Cameras are only allowed on-site for the practice days, Tuesday, September 27 through Thursday, September 29, 2016.
• Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Each spectator may bring one bottle of water with an unbroken seal.
• Familiarize yourself with the two Medical Station locations, located near the north end of the Practice Range and between holes 3 and 12.
• Stay behind gallery ropes and cooperate with Ryder Cup marshals.
• Kneel or sit if you are in the front rows.
• Remain still throughout each shot and do not move until all players in the group have played or holed out.
• Walk carefully, never run.
• Display your ticket or credential conspicuously at all times.
• For a grandstand seat, plan to arrive early.
• Bring a rain jacket or poncho and wear comfortable shoes. Late September-early October temperatures in Chaska, Minnesota include high averages in the mid-60 degrees Fahrenheit range, and low averages in the mid-40 degrees range.
• Sunrise is approximately 7:13 a.m. with sunset at approximately 6:54 p.m. Chaska, Minnesota is in the Central Time Zone.
• Designate a place to meet if you get separated from your companions and/or children.
THE TRADITION OF THE RYDER CUP
The Ryder Cup is golf’s most spirited competition, with an unwavering tradition of sportsmanship and respect among the teams, match officials and galleries. Players and spectators alike are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which respects this tradition throughout Ryder Cup Week. Applause and cheering by spectators should show encouragement and support of all players. Booing or heckling is inappropriate. Spectators who breach this conduct by directing profanity or insult toward a player or official at any time, or who act in an inappropriate or unethical manner, will be immediately removed from the grounds. Your support of this tradition and adherence to the conduct outlined herein is appreciated.