The Byron Nelson Championship is one of two PGA tournaments held in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and takes place in the Four Seasons.
Named after the professional golfer and the leading fundraiser for the PGA charity, it has raised more than $121 million since its initial inception in 1944.
The Byron Nelson Championship starts on May 12th, making it one of the most exciting times to be in the city.
During the first decades the tournament was held throughout a variety of courses in and around the Dallas area, including the Lakewood Country Club (1944), the Dallas Country Club (1945) and the Brook Hollow Golf Club (1946). It wasn’t until 1994 that it found a permanent home at the Four Seasons. In 2019 the tournament will eventually move to the as-of-yet unbuilt Trinity Forest Golf Course.
The tournament will start on May 12th and run until May 18th. Throughout the duration the grounds will open to spectators at 7am and close roughly 90 minutes after the conclusion of play. The Pavilion itself will be open from Wednesday to Sunday for extended hours, closing at 9.30pm. If you want to get in as soon as the event starts, it’s best to arrive at least one hour early at 6am.
Due to heightened security measures across the United States in recent months, the PGA Tour will have a strict security system in place, so it’s best to get their early in order to secure a good position. Screenings will occur on all patrons, sponsors, volunteers and media workers to ensure the event is safe and secure.
To avoid any unnecessary complications the Official Byron Nelson website states that you must not bring purses and backpacks larger than 6” x 6” x 6”; clear bags larger than 12” 6” 12”; coolers; and cameras.
Mobile Device Policy
Attendees are allowed to bring mobile phones; however, strict guidelines must be followed and tournament personnel will be monitoring activity throughout the tournament. You must set your phone to silent at all times and only use pre-approved areas for making calls. In addition, you are not allowed to use cameras when play begins. Texting is also forbidden near the rope line.
Every ticket comes with free public parking. A shuttle bus will provide transportation from parking areas to the course itself and will run from 6am until the conclusion of play.
Do not ask players for autographs while they are on the course. This is detrimental to their concentration, so understand that they may not be willing to communicate with attendees. After the conclusion of play, golfers are usually willing to sign autographs, so remain patient throughout the day and respect their boundaries.
The Byron Nelson Championship is one of the most exciting golf events in Dallas and definitely worth checking out. If you can’t get tickets, the event will be broadcast live on The Golf Channel (Thursday and Friday) and CBS (Saturday and Sunday).
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