May 1, 2023 - News

A guide to the 2023 Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte

The Wells Fargo Championship entrance includes a replica of the trophy.

The Wells Fargo Championship entrance includes a replica of the trophy. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

The Wells Fargo Championship tees off this week at Quail Hollow Club.

State of play: The PGA Tour event returns to Charlotte after a year away while Charlotte hosted the Presidents Cup.

Why it matters: Golf’s popularity is heating up, from interest in the professional ranks because of Netflix’s docuseries “Full Swing” to more people hitting the course themselves, even during the middle of the week thanks to remote work, as Axios’ Kendall Baker reported.

The big picture: Charlotte hosted the PGA Championship for the first time in 2017 and will host it again in 2025. Another jewel in Charlotte’s crown would be eventually hosting the Ryder Cup.

Details: The Wells Fargo Championship runs May 1-7  at 3700 Gleneagles Road.

Here’s a look at what to expect:

The golf

The prize money is bigger this year as the PGA Tour attempts to compete with the controversial LIV Tour, which promises golfers more money.

By the numbers: The Wells Fargo Championship is one of 13 elevated PGA Tour events, as Axios’ Jeff Tracy reported. The purse jumped from $9 million to $20 million.

Expect to see household names like Rory McIlroy, who won the Wells Fargo Championship when it was last here in 2021, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, plus a several North Carolina names, including Charlotte’s Webb Simpson and Raleigh’s Quinn Riley, who was the first Black golfer to compete for Duke, per the Wells Fargo Championship.

Schedule: Practice rounds are Monday-Wednesday. The first round begins on Thursday at 7am. There will also be a Tee Off Concert from 6-11pm in SouthPark’s Symphony Park (4400 Sharon Road) Thursday night.

  • The second round starts at 7am on Friday.
  • The third round tees off at 8am on Saturday, which is also the same day as the Kentucky Derby. There will be a Derby party at Quail Hollow Club from 6-7pm on the lawn.
  • The championship round tees off at 8am on Sunday.

Of note: Expect a new 720-square-foot video board on the back of the public grandstand.

Go deeper: Fresh renderings: Wells Fargo Championship ushers in its elevated era

Wells Fargo Championship's first tee will include a large video board. Rendering courtesy of the Wells Fargo Championship
Wells Fargo Championship’s first tee will include a large video board. Rendering courtesy of the Wells Fargo Championship

Local vendors

Local businesses want to have a presence at one of Charlotte’s most popular sporting events, and nine will be at the tournament’s small business market. You’ll find the market next to the merchandise tent near the driving range at the tournament. The lineup includes:

  • El Toro Bruto: A popular taco pop-up that now has a permanent spot inside of Resident Culture South End
  • Manolo’s Latin Bakery: An east Charlotte bakery known for its sweat and savory treats.
  • The Vintage Goat: A petite beverage truck serving everything from wine and craft cocktails to cold brew and lemonade
  • Bear Food: A local nut company donating a portion of every order to Rainbow Express Ministries, which supports young adults with disabilities.
  • Byrdie Golf Social Wear: Golf gear designed to take you from the course to cocktail hour, as Axios’ Laura Barrero wrote. They’re also a great option when you’re considering what to wear to the tournament. 

Go deeper: 5 Charlotte-area food and drink vendors to try at the Wells Fargo Championship

Byrdie Tournament Bag
Byrdie Tournament Bag. Photo: Courtesy of Byrdie

Check out the full list of local vendors here: 6 Charlotte businesses heading to the Wells Fargo Championship

Tickets

All tickets are digital, and no, a screenshot of your ticket won’t get you in.

Of note: If you’re age 15 or younger, you get in for free with a paying adult. Find the PGA Tour’s bag policy here.

  • Practice pack: You can spend Monday through Wednesday on Quail Hollow Club’s grounds for $50.
  • Daily tickets: General admission is $80 per day Thursday through Sunday.
  • Good any day: This ticket allows you to pick which day you attend, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday for $90, but you can only use it once.

Parking

Three will be three official parking options, all of which will provide a shuttle to and from Quail Hollow Club from 5:30am until 9pm:

  • SouthPark B-Deck (4400 Sharon Road):It’s free Monday and Tuesday. You must purchase tickets in advance Wednesday through Sunday. Parking costs $22.50 per day.
  • Carowinds (14523 Carowinds Blvd.): Parking is available Wednesday through Friday. You can purchase parking in advance online or day-of (cash only). Parking costs $12.50 per day.
  • Ballantyne Corporate Park (13838 Ballantyne Corporate Place): Parking is available Saturday and Sunday. You can purchase it ahead of time or day-of (cash only). Parking costs $12.50 per day.

Of note: There will be bicycle racks near the main entrance if you want to bike to the tournament. You can also take public transportation or a ride share, which will pick you up and drop you off on Gleneagles Road near the tournament entrance. 

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