2017 Shell Houston Open Offers More Fan Enhancements

HOUSTON (March 7, 2017) –With the 2017 Shell Houston Open just weeks away, spectators to the tournament can expect both returning and new destinations to dine, drink, play and watch around the course. From family-oriented spots to health screenings, there’s something for every age and interest.

“This year we wanted to ensure we gave our fans the activities they have come to love while still making new changes year over year,” said Steve Timms, tournament director of the Shell Houston Open. “We appreciate our loyal partners who help provide interesting and unique activations for fans to engage with throughout Shell Houston Open week.”

Spectators can look forward to the following additions for 2017:

Shell Houston Open 9-Hole Social Media Challenge: Patrons can participate in a fun social media challenge by completing a scorecard of different social media activations, like selfies, twitter questions and other fun photo opportunities located around holes 18, 17 and 16. Completed and returned scorecards result in free prizes Thursday through Sunday.

Lexus Lot: The first 100 Lexus drivers that arrive each day with a Lot 9 parking pass will have the option to be upgraded to preferred, closer parking in the new Lexus Lot.

MD Anderson Cancer Center Free Skin Cancer Screenings: Dermatologists from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will provide free skin cancer screenings on Saturday, April 1 between noon and 4 p.m. at the Strike Through Cancer Pavilion. MD Anderson’s prevention specialists will also be onsite to answer cancer prevention-related questions. Appointments are not necessary for either service.

Regions Bank Greenskeeper Venue: Now presented by Regions Bank, the Greenskeeper located on No. 17 green features an open-air skybox. Food and beverages are included with ticket purchase.

Monday Pro-Am presented by Houston Methodist: Houston Methodist is now the official healthcare provider of the Shell Houston Open and the presenting sponsor of the Monday Pro-Am, taking place on March 27.

PGA TOUR Superstore Volunteer Package Pickup: Volunteers for the 2017 tournament have an option to pick up their official volunteer package at The Woodlands location of the PGA TOUR Superstore on Saturday, March 11.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Hole-in-One Challenge: Open throughout the tournament, fans are welcome to attempt a 50-yard chip shot for exciting prizes on The First Tee® of Greater Houston short course.

Ace Hardware Helpful Hub: Ace Hardware rewards members will have access to premium seating along the driving range. Representatives from Ace will be onsite to register new members.

HEB Family Fun Zone: This family-friendly area offers kid-oriented activities and crafts, and includes a golf-ball drop to snap a cool boomerang photo for social and a Frisbee golf activity.

HEB Autograph Zone: Located by the scoring tent behind the No. 18 green, young fans will have a place to get up close to golfers for autographs as they complete their rounds.

Hendrick’s Party Deck at 16: Get close to the action and excitement on 16. Guest will enjoy a cash bar, tables, and excellent views. Presented by William Grants & Sons, the deck is attached to public grandstands that offer additional seating options on the course’s famous par 3 hole.

Craft Beer Corner: Located by the No. 17 green, visitors can enjoy a wide selection of local Houston beers.

Shiner Bock Military Outpost: Open to all current, active and retired military and their dependents, the Military Outpost is located between the No. 15 green and No. 16 tee box. Guests will enjoy complimentary food and beverage options in this shaded venue. Members of the military can take advantage of complimentary tickets to the Shell Houston Open.

The 2017 Shell Houston Open will be played March 30 – April 2 at Golf Club of Houston. For additional spectator information and to purchase tickets, visit ShellHoustonOpen.com or call the Houston Golf Association at 281-454-7000.
About Shell Houston Open
The Shell Houston Open is the 10th oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR run by the Houston Golf Association, which has organized professional golf events since 1946. Funds raised benefit local youth programs, such as The First Tee® of Greater Houston, reaching nearly 300,000 young people annually. Through the Shell Houston Open, Shell continues to support children and students by demonstrating a commitment to education at all ages. Visit ShellHoustonOpen.com to learn more.