From parking to autographs: What you need to know before attending Lake Tahoe celebrity golf
The American Century Championship is in many ways Lake Tahoe’s signature summer event.
The annual golf tournament draws thousands of people, including nearly 100 celebrities, to Edgewood Tahoe each year.
If you plan on being one of those thousands of spectators, there are a few things you need to know.
Celebrities have been out at Edgewood since Tuesday getting in practice rounds leading up to competitive play. The actual tournament starts Friday, July 12, and continues through Sunday.
Play is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. each morning. To find out the pairings and tee off times for specific celebrities, head to americancenturychampionship.com.
Friday will be broadcast on NBCSN at 9 p.m. (local time). The weekend broadcast will be carried on NBC from noon to 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Like any event, the ACC makes minor changes each year aimed at improving safety. This year the tournament has metal detectors at the entrance to the course, as well as a clear bag and bag search policy. Basically, all bags are subject to search and you can only bring in clear bags — leave the purse (it doesn’t matter how small it is — no purses) and Patagonia backpack at home (unless they’re clear).
There are no lockers for storing items, so unless you want to trek all the way back to your car be sure to check the list of approved and prohibited items before arriving. The list can be found at bit.ly/ACC-Spectator-Guide.
Parking / get there
If you’re planning on driving, expect to find little to no parking near the course (there is no on-site parking, so you’re going to have to walk a little bit to get into the event).
Tournament officials highly recommend carpooling or using a ride-share or taxi service. Since none of these services can actually enter Edgewood during tournament hours, organizers have created designated drop-off locations outside the main entrance to Edgewood.
A piece of professional advice: The number of people at Edgewood will likely mean your phone will be pretty much useless. Have a back-up plan for leaving the course. Store a couple phone numbers for taxi service just in case your ride-share app doesn’t work.
If you plan on parking at the casinos, be prepared to pay. The rates, per event organizers, are as follows:
Harveys Lake Tahoe: $40 valet, $25 self park
Harrah’s Lake Tahoe: $30 valet, $20 self park
Hard Rock Lake Tahoe: $30 (receive coupon for $26+ minimum in food, beverage, gaming values).
MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa: $25 (receive coupon for $25 food, beverage and gaming value)
Photos and autographs
If you did not get your autographs earlier in the week, you’re going to have a more difficult time getting your favorite celeb’s John Hancock. The tournament asks players to refrain from signing autographs during their competitive rounds Friday-Sunday.
Players can exercise their discretion when play is stopped and some celebs have been known to sign an autograph or two between holes, but your better off trying to catch them before or after their rounds.
As for photography, cameras with removable lenses are not permitted in the event. Point-and-shoot cameras are allowed, as are cell phones (make sure your phone is on vibrate or silent).