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, Matt Bettencourt, and the 2011 champion Scott Piercy. The 2012 Reno - Tahoe Open runs from July 30 through August 5. The information phone number is (775) 322-3900.
Big Name Golfers at the 2012 Reno - Tahoe Open
John Daly has committed to play in the 2012 RTO. This will be the fifth RTO appearance for the 1991 PGA Tour rookie of the year and 1995 winner of the British Open. Joining Daly will be David Duval, Lee Janzen, and Mike Weir, the 2004 Masters champion.
Activities at the Reno - Tahoe Open
The 2012 RTO runs from July 30 through August 5 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 the Kids' Tree House, Mirassou Wine Walk, Food Fare Festival, Fiesta Loco party tent, Women's Day featuring LPGA Hall of Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam, Pro-Am playing opportunities, and more.
For a complete list of Reno - Tahoe Open times, dates, and locations, refer to the official 2012 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 camera 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 is $5 at Galena High School, 3600 Butch Cassidy Drive. Free shuttles take you to Montreux Golf and Country Club every day of the tournament. You can also park at the Grand Sierra Resort (2500 East 2nd Street in Reno) for free and take the $5 per person shuttle to the Reno - Tahoe Open.
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.
Sources: Bauserman Group, Reno - Tahoe Open.