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Check source before purchasing '16 Ryder Cup corporate hospitality

CHASKA, Minn. -- As excitement begins in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area about hosting the 2016 Ryder Cup, the PGA of America is advising local companies to check the source before purchasing corporate hospitality packages at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska. The PGA of America is the only source to offer official hospitality packages, and only official hospitality packages are located on the actual event grounds at Hazeltine National.

The Ryder Cup is golf's most compelling event, matching the top United States golf professionals against those of Europe. Due to high demand and limited availability, it has become common practice for independent entertainment companies to market unofficial hospitality packages to the local corporate community. These packages often falsely imply an affiliation with PGA of America and the 2016 Ryder Cup and will not provide access to the grounds of the event.

Ryder Cup sales representatives have been fielding a number of calls from area companies that have recently received sales solicitations from unauthorized sales agents offering hospitality packages for the Ryder Cup. The PGA of America is the only authorized sales team with official, on-site hospitality packages. The public launch for sales will not begin until May 2014.

"Unauthorized hospitality packages reel people in at nearly every major event, providing customers an experience different than what they were sold," said Brett Sterba, Tournament Director for the 2016 Ryder Cup. "We strongly encourage those interested in purchasing hospitality for the 2016 Ryder Cup to be aware of misleading packages. Specifically, any group selling a package of less than 100 people before this fall should be considered an unofficial sales agent and not the PGA of America."

The PGA of America will officially begin selling 100- and 150-guest chalets to the public in early May 2014. Sales of 50-guest chalets and reserved tables will begin this fall. Hospitality packages are all-inclusive, providing a premium on-course experience with parking, food, beverages and alcohol. An added benefit for clients is the PGA's concierge service that can help with accommodations, ground transportation, and other entertainment options in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

"Hazeltine is very excited to be hosting the Ryder Cup for the first time in Minnesota and we encourage businesses to take advantage of this unique opportunity to entertain customers and prospects at various official hospitality areas on the golf course," said Patrick Hunt, Hazeltine National Golf Club's General Chair for 2016 Ryder Cup. "Even though the event is more than two years away, companies should respond quickly when sales begin in May to secure an official hospitality package that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis."

A limited number of grounds tickets to the 2016 Ryder Cup will be sold to the general public. Given that the demand for tickets has historically exceeded the available inventory, individual tickets may only be purchased through an official random draw conducted by the PGA of America. Applications for the draw will be become available in September 2014.

For more information or questions regarding hospitality products and services, please contact hospitality sales representatives Renee DeLosh at 952-556-2976/rdelosh@pgahq.com or Larry Sinclair at 502-245-2000/lsinclair@pgahq.com.

For more information about the Ryder Cup, visit rydercup.com , and for more information about the PGA of America, visit PGAMediaCenter.com.

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