About the Reno - Tahoe Open
Update: The Reno - Tahoe Open is now the Barracuda Championship, thanks to a four year deal for title sponsorship that was secured in 2014 with Barracuda Networks, Inc., a tech-security company from the Bay Area. The change took effect just before the beginning of the 2014 tournament, making this article out-of-date. Refer to my "Barracuda Championship Golf Tournament" article for updated information.
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 2013 champion Gary Woodland. The 2014 Reno - Tahoe Open runs from July 28 through August 3. There will be a special Women's Day on Sunday, July 27, featuring Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk and much more for both golfers and non-golfers. The information phone number is (775) 322-3900.
The 2014 RTO is an official event of the Nevada 150 sesquicentennial celebration.
Big Name Golfers at the 2014 Reno - Tahoe Open
There will be 132 top PGA players competing for a purse of $3 million at the 2014 RTO. The field of players commiting to the RTO is released on the Friday of the week preceding the tournament. You can expect some big name players at the RTO, which in the past have include golfers like John Daly.
Activities at the Reno - Tahoe Open
The 2014 RTO runs from July 28 through August 3 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 Women's Day, the Kids' Tree House, Coors Light 19th Hole, Pack Pavillion with mascot Wolfie, Nature's Bakery Heroes' Hangout, Mirassou Wind Walk, and Food Truck Stop.
Barrick Gold's Women's Day will be on July 27 starting at 3:30 p.m. Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk will be there with a golf demonstration. There will be other activities and vendors designed especially for women.
For a complete list of Reno - Tahoe Open times, dates, and locations, refer to the official 2014 Schedule of Events when it becomes available on the RTO website.
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 season 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 and Shuttles at the Reno - Tahoe Open
Parking and shuttle information for the 2014 Reno - Tahoe Open had not been released as of this writing. The information below is from the 2013 RTO and is likely to be similar for the 2014 event. For the latest information, refer to the parking and shuttle information links on the RTO Frequently Asked Questions page.
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 $2.85 million to Reno area non-profit organizations since 1999. Some of these include The Charity Challenge, U.S. Bank's Chip in For Schools, and support for our military through programs such as the Veterans Guest House.
Source: Reno - Tahoe Open.