The Reno - Tahoe Open (RTO) is your chance to attend a big-time professional sports event right here in Reno. It is the only PGA Tour event played in Reno and one of only 47 PGA Tour golf tournaments in the world. Top-tier golfers play in the Reno - Tahoe Open. Past winners have included Kirk Triplett, Vaughn Taylor, John Cook, Will MacKenzie, John Rollins, Matt Bettencourt, and the 2012 champion J.J. Henry. The 2013 Reno - Tahoe Open runs from July 29 through August 4. The information phone number is (775) 322-3900.
Big Name Golfers at the 2013 Reno - Tahoe Open
John Daly, who was to play in the 2013 RTO, has bowed out due to health issues. There will be plenty of other top name golfers playing - check the RTO website to find out who has qualified and committed to the 2013 tournament.
Activities at the Reno - Tahoe Open
The 2013 RTO runs from July 29 through August 4 and is played at Montreux Golf and Country Club in south Reno. While professional golf is the focus, there are quite a few on-site activities going on in conjuction with the tournament, including Jelly Belly's Kids' Tree House, Champion Chevrolet's Pack Pavilion, Expo Way, Salute to Troops Military Initiative, Reno Special Events Display, The First Tee Activities, Pro-Am playing opportunities, and MasterCard's Best Seats in the House.
Barrick Gold's Women's Day will be on July 28 starting at 3:30 p.m. LPGA Hall of Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam will be back with a golf demonstration. Also present will be Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk, the 7-time Canadian Women's Long Drive Champion.
For a complete list of Reno - Tahoe Open times, dates, and locations, refer to the official 2013 Schedule of Events.
Spectating at the Reno - Tahoe Open
If you plan on attending, be sure to read the Reno - Tahoe Open Course Policies and Etiquette for golf tournament spectators. For more information about dos and don'ts, check out the Frequently Asked Questions. It will be good for you to know the policies about such things as cell phones and cameras. Here is a summary...
- No outside food or beverages.
- No cameras or video cameras (Thursday - Sunday).
- No firearms.
- No radios, signs or banners.
- No coolers or bags larger than a small purse measuring 6” x 6” x 6”. This includes folding chair bags.
- Spectator chairs are allowed, but they must be removed from any carrying bag.
- Cell phones are allowed on the course, but must be turned to "silent" mode and only used in designated cell phone areas.
- Cell phone cameras may not be used to take pictures at the Reno - Tahoe Open.
Getting Tickets for the Reno - Tahoe Open
Reno - Tahoe Open tickets are sold in several flavors. For example, a one-day adult pass is $20 and a pass for every day is $65. If you want access to the club house, it's $85, and so on. Get details about all the options and purchase tickets online at Reno - Tahoe Open Ticket Information.
Parking at the Reno - Tahoe Open
Public parking at nearby Galena High School is $5 per vehicle. The school is located at 3600 Butch Cassidy Drive. Parking is free if you carpool with 4 or more people in your vehicle or if you bring two or more nonperishable food items as a donation to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
Free shuttles take you to Montreux Golf and Country Club every day of the tournament. Here is the schedule...
- Monday - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Tuesday - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday - 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday - 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Friday - 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Saturday - 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Sunday - 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Reno - Tahoe Open Volunteer Opportunities
The Reno - Tahoe Open depends on a flock of volunteers to help run the event. They are called "forecaddies" and perform a number of functions in exchange for tournament access and other goodies. If you are interested, check out the volunteer information and fill out the online application.
Reno - Tahoe Open Foundation
The Reno - Tahoe Open Foundation, the charitable arm of the organization, has donated $2.2 million to Reno area non-profit organizations. Some of these include Birdies for Charity, U.S. Bank's Chip in For School, Military Initiative, Patriot's Luncheon, and Birdies for Charity Challenge.
Source: Reno - Tahoe Open.