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2020 Ryder Cup Volunteer - Deal or No Deal?

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Has anyone volunteered for the Ryder Cup or any other big tournament?  The 2020 Ryder Cup will be in my neck of the woods (Whistling Straits - Kohler, WI) and my home course is helping to sponsor a hole with volunteers.  You are expected to work four shifts of four hours each.  Cost is $250 (which sucks) but you get the following:

  • Ryder Cup volunteer uniform by Ralph Lauren
    • Rumored to be jacket, two polos, and a hat
  • Free Parking
  • Free Food/Beverages
  • AND.....a personalized credential for all six days of the event

I've never been to a Ryder Cup before and am leaning towards the volunteer option to make sure I get access to the grounds for all 6 days of practice/play.  No matter what I hope to attend at least one day but who knows what the cost will be if I'm not selected through the ticket raffle.  Double face value?  Triple?

So fellow spies, what sayeth you?  Is spending $250 and dealing with loud drunk fans for 16 hours of volunteer work worth full week access to the Ryder Cup (and a few shirts)?  I'd be on Hole 8.

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I did find this pricing chart from shortly before the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Minnesota.  Prices aren't cheap for the tournament days.

Event

Avg. Resale Price

Current Listing Price

Tues. Practice Round

$47

$46

Wed. Practice Round

$64

$51

Thurs. Practice Round

$144

$114

Fri. Competition Round

$398

$317

Sat. Competition Round

$406

$323

Sun. Competition Round

$397

$295

 

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If it was me I would definitely do it. I have never volunteered for golf events but I have for several curling events which are normally 10 or so days and typically 12-20 hour days. Thankfully now I get paid to do those events, but it was the volunteering experiences that are some of the most enjoyable! 

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I volunteered for the 2013 PGA at Oak Hill. It was $125 and we were given a Cutter & Buck polo as well as 1/4 zip that I still both wear.

The work requirements were the same as what you posted and to be honest, I think it was fair.

You get better access to players and their caddies and it’s not a bad way to spend the week.

What does happen however is some folks commit to help and once they receive their credentials they bounce. They’ll still gain access despite flaking on their commitment so don’t be surprised if they ask you to put in additional shifts.

I submitted to volunteer for the Ryder Cup so who knows, maybe I’ll end up in Wisconsin next September.


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Indeed.  I'd do it in a heartbeat.  It's an experience most never get to do.  

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1 hour ago, bens197 said:

What does happen however is some folks commit to help and once they receive their credentials they bounce. They’ll still gain access despite flaking on their commitment so don’t be surprised if they ask you to put in additional shifts.

I submitted to volunteer for the Ryder Cup so who knows, maybe I’ll end up in Wisconsin next September.

That would be my biggest fear; people sign up to volunteer but then back out and the rest of us have to pick up the slack.  I would hope it wouldn't be a big issue on the hole since the majority of the volunteers would be people from my course.  If they did skip out they would never hear the end of it.

I think they already picked the volunteers from the initial sign up list.  I read somewhere they had over 30,000 people sign up for fewer than 4k spots.

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9 minutes ago, Bucky CC said:

That would be my biggest fear; people sign up to volunteer but then back out and the rest of us have to pick up the slack.  I would hope it wouldn't be a big issue on the hole since the majority of the volunteers would be people from my course.  If they did skip out they would never hear the end of it.

I think they already picked the volunteers from the initial sign up list.  I read somewhere they had over 30,000 people sign up for fewer than 4k spots.

Your situation would likely be different with the familiarity of everyone pitching in. You’re right, It’s definitely closed...and just like the Masters ticketing, being denied the opportunity to participate is a “tradition unlike any other.”

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For me it would be worth it, but I love volunteering at golf events.  I have volunteered for the last 11 years at my local LPGA event,  have done a Champions Tour Event, and a Symetra tour event.  I volunteer at my local event because I would be attending the event and the cost to volunteer is roughly the same as buying a ticket.  Yes,  volunteers don't show  up,  but since it your club doing a hole you probably won't have that issue.   Every job is different and you have to see what you like.  Standing on a single hole wouldn't be the job I would pick, but I talk to others that think it is the best job to have.    I would love to have the opportunity to volunteer at an event like the Ryder Cup.  

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For $250 that would be a no brainer for me.

To think a trip to the Ryder Cup in Paris would have cost me about $3000 and I'm just 1 hour flight away!!!

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Sounds like a great opportunity to me.  It would be an unforgettable experience, I'm sure.

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Do it! When the Outback ProAm was in Tampa, we paid $75 got a Greg Norman uniform(cap, shirt and jacket) extra tickets for family/friends, access during the tournament plus a free round of golf after the tournament. We only had to work 3 - 6 hour shifts. It was a terrific deal, plus up close access to all the Players.

If the Ryder Cup came to Tampa, I would do it in a heartbeat.


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I worked the PGA at Whistling a number of years back. It also included rounds of golf at Blackwolf run. There was a cost associated for the uniform and training sessions.

Well worth it and I’m sure the Ryder Cup will be even more so.


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I am volunteering at the Rocket Mortgage Classic this summer in Detroit. My cost was $75 and I receive similar benefits to what you listed. I think it is well worth it as I get to see many different players and then have access to the course in my "off time" to watch whatever I would like. I think it's going to be a great experience.

For a Ryder Cup, in a heartbeat I would pay the $250 to volunteer. What an amazing opportunity!

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I think it's an awesome opportunity and you should definitely do it. You had me at the picture of the eighth hole, it's stunning! I think hanging out there for a few days would be worth the money.

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I'd do it for sure! Sounds like an amazing opportunity. 

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I’ve volunteered at several PGA and LPGA events. I’ve even had the honor of walking along the course shoulder to shoulder with the players calling in club and distance to the producers. What I haven’t done is paid to volunteer. Maybe I’m missing something but that sounds a little loopy to me especially for an event as large as the Ryder Cup.

 

Is this fee a PGA requirement or a club requirement? If it is a club requirement I can almost understand the intent. If it’s a PGA requirement all I can do is shake my head.

 

Would I pay $250 for the right to volunteer my time to help ensure a successful event?? No!!! If it were not for volunteers the PGA would have to pay wages to every worker at every event. They save thousands of dollars by not having to pay these individuals.

 

 

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I’ve volunteered at several PGA and LPGA events. I’ve even had the honor of walking along the course shoulder to shoulder with the players calling in club and distance to the producers. What I haven’t done is paid to volunteer. Maybe I’m missing something but that sounds a little loopy to me especially for an event as large as the Ryder Cup.
 
Is this fee a PGA requirement or a club requirement? If it is a club requirement I can almost understand the intent. If it’s a PGA requirement all I can do is shake my head.
 
Would I pay $250 for the right to volunteer my time to help ensure a successful event?? No!!! If it were not for volunteers the PGA would have to pay wages to every worker at every event. They save thousands of dollars by not having to pay these individuals.
 
 
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You’re right. They save a TON by not paying people to work. Now, what they do instead, is sweeten the pot by giving out a full week grounds ticket to accompany a uniform that retails in excess for your fee.

Now in all honesty, you still end up ahead if you were planning on attending the event and you actually gain better access to players and their caddies.

I agree with you Steddy but until the system changes, it still ends up being a decent deal for golf fans.
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8 hours ago, SteddyGolf said:

I’ve volunteered at several PGA and LPGA events. I’ve even had the honor of walking along the course shoulder to shoulder with the players calling in club and distance to the producers. What I haven’t done is paid to volunteer. Maybe I’m missing something but that sounds a little loopy to me especially for an event as large as the Ryder Cup.

Is this fee a PGA requirement or a club requirement? If it is a club requirement I can almost understand the intent. If it’s a PGA requirement all I can do is shake my head.

Would I pay $250 for the right to volunteer my time to help ensure a successful event?? No!!! If it were not for volunteers the PGA would have to pay wages to every worker at every event. They save thousands of dollars by not having to pay these individuals.

Steddy, from what I have seen active Military are used as volunteers during the event and from my discussions they don't typically pay to volunteer.   For the average volunteer, the fee is to cover the cost of the uniform and most importantly help ensure you have some skin in the game so you don't take the uniform and don't show up for your shifts.  People not showing up still happens, but I think the fee limits that.   There isn't a set fee as the amount seems to vary based on the event.   I pay $75 for my local LPGA tournament and I get 2 shirts,  hat, grounds access for the week for when I am not volunteering, 4 tickets for friends, and a round of golf after the event.  I would go to the event for the week and the cost for a weekly grounds ticket is $80 in advance.    Weekly tickets for the Ryder cup are typically in the $250 range so generally the cost to volunteer is a wash if you plan on going for the week.  

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The 2020 Ryder Cup also had more than 30,000 people sign up for less than 4K volunteer spots, so it’s not like they are hurting for numbers.


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