So you want to be a celebrity golfer? |

So you want to be a celebrity golfer?

Paul Andrew
Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Ryan McNamara of Maui Jim Sunglasses says he gave away more than 500 pairs of shades in three days at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course during the American Century Championship.

For most who follow the celebrity golf, playing in front of adoring masses at beautiful Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course is a fantasy that fans can only dream about.

On the flip-side, the pressure of exposing your golf game to masses of live fans, and a national TV audience can be an intimidating thought.

Besides the glory and admiration — and sometime humiliation — that these golfers receive, there also is a fine list of perks and values they enjoy as participants in this nationally televised event.

Participants do have to arrange their own transportation to the area, although a limo service is available for anyone flying into Reno-Tahoe Airport. Chartering a six-passenger limousine would cost the average person around $200 round-trip.

Of course, special hotel accommodations are provided at Harrah’s. A luxury room at the hotel during July averages $200 per night, or $1,000 for a five night stay.

A round of golf at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course is $225 per day, or a total of $1,125 if you want to challenge the course for five days.

Meals, including those provided at banquets and parties, are available most days, conservatively estimated at $100 per day, or $500 for the week.

Gift bags are given to each of the golfers, which include a jacket ($145), 5 golf shirts ($75 x 5), Maui Jim sunglasses ($169), bottle of wine ($125) and miscellaneous golf accessories (divot tool, ball marker, balls, etc.) $50.

Hollywood Connection, a celebrity promotion company, also provides an extensive amount of goods to golfers in exchange for promotional photographs. In the past, gifts have included watches, MP3 players, videos games, saunas (delivered and installed), DVD players and leather goods. Total estimated value of these goodies begin at $3000.

Conservatively, a participant in the tournament receives $6,489 in value and perks for their week in Lake Tahoe.

Of course, by winning the tournament, a star can add $125,000 to their total with the check he or she will receive for winning the championship.

Where do you sign up? If you are interested in playing in a future ACC Celebrity Tournament, you’ll first have to star in a TV show or movie, be a Hall-of-Fame baseball or basketball player, or starting quarterback in the NFL. Being a former vice president may also get you in, or a billionaire with your own TV show. You also have to work your way up through a waiting list of over 200 potential participants.

Until that happens, be satisfied purchasing an admission ticket, taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, and fantasizing about what it would be like to live the life of a celebrity golfer.

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