Constellation Furyk & Friends, presented by Circle K
What: A PGA Tour Champions event, part of the season-long Charles Schwab Cup.
When: Oct. 7-9.
Where: Timuquana Country Club.
Purse: $2 million ($360,000 to the winner).
TV: Golf Channel (2-5 p.m. each day).
Defending champion: Phil Mickelson.
The field: Among the top fields this season on PGA Tour Champions, it includes World Golf Hall of Fame members Ernie Els, Davis Love III, Vijay Singh, Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie, Retief Goosen and Jose Maria Olazabal; past Players champions David Duval, Fred Funk, Justin Leonard and Lee Janzen; and other major champions such as tournament host Jim Furyk, John Daly, Mike Weir, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Y.E. Yang. Mickelson is under PGA Tour suspension and will not play.
Oct. 3: Monday Pro-Am presented by Florida Blue, admission to pro-am participants only.
Oct. 4: Furyk Foundation Concert presented by SRS Distribution, Daily's Place, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 5-6: Official Pro-Ams, admission to pro-am participants only.
Oct. 7: First round, gates open 9 a.m. The honorary tee shot by Jack Nicklaus and 14-year-old Wolfson Children's Hospital patient Jack Jones; Celebrity Challenge for Charity will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 8: Second round, gates open 9 a.m.
Oct. 9: Final round, gates open 9 a.m. Trophy presentation after play concludes.
General admission: Daily, $25; weekly pass, $60. Provides Access to tournament grounds, Circle K ParTee Porch and Publix Tailgate Village.
Youth policy: Youth 17 and under are admitted free to the tournament with a ticketed adult.
Club 58: All-Inclusive Hospitality Suite, located on 17th Green with views of hole Nos. 10, 11, 12, 13, 17 and 18; food and beverage service; premium viewing platform; premier restrooms; HDTVs. Tickets start at $350 per day.
Military: Tickets for tournament rounds provided by VyStar Credit Union free to Active Duty, Military Reserve, National Guard, Military Retirees, Veterans and Dependents with a valid ID. Provides access to VyStar Patriots Outpost and tournament grounds.
General parking: Free at Orange Park Mall, between JC Penney and Dick's Sporting Goods, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday-Sunday. Free shuttles will run every 15 minutes, with the last bus leaving the golf course 30 minutes after play ends each day.
Mamitas Water Taxi: Free river transportation from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday-Sunday, every 30 minutes. Park at gravel lot between Winston Family YMCA and Haskell Company, 111 Riverside Ave. Haskell Company garage is available on Saturday and Sunday. Final taxi will leave Bold City gate at the golf course 30 minutes after play ends.
Rideshare: A dedicated rideshare drop-off point located is located just west of the Timuquana Country Club clubhouse. Once dropped off, fans will be directed to the Duval Gate to enter the tournament.
Bicycle, golf cart: Free parking on site for those biking or taking golf carts to the course within the Ortega area. Follow signs to the designated parking area.
Wheelchair accessibility parking: Fans who need assistance can visit the Disabled Guest Pickup tent at the Bobby Jones Gate. For wheelchair-accessible parking, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Tournament entry points
Bobby Jones Gate: General spectator entrance, off Patrol Road of NAS Jacksonville, for those who park at Orange Park Mall.
Bold City Gate: Dropoff and pickup point for the Mamitas Water Taxi, back lawn of the clubhouse.
Donald Ross Gate: VIP Entrance on Fair Lane Drive, for Lot W passholders.
Duval Gate: Driving range entrance, at the top of Fair Lane Drive. Open to all spectators, including those who arrive by rideshare, bicycle, golf cart and walking.
Nicklaus Gate: Clubhouse entrance, for Lot F, Lot T passholders, and other VIPs.
Furyk Foundation Concert: Daily's Place, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.: Jake Owen and Jordan Davis appear. Tickets are $39.95 and are available at ticketmaster.com or Furyk & Friends website. SRS Distribution has donated 1,000 complimentary tickets for military. Contact MWR office at NAS Jacksonville or visit the website here.
Champions breakfast: Timuquana clubhouse, Oct. 7, 8 a.m., with Jack Nicklaus, Jaguars Pro Football Hall of Fame member Tony Boselli and former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethliseberger. Tables are available for purchase by visiting Furyk & Friends website.
Celebrity Challenge for Charity: Timuquana, Oct. 7, approximately 2:30 p.m. Roethlisberger Steelers Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis will play Boselli and former Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee in a nine-hole scramble for charity. Roethlisberger and Bettis will play for Beaches Habitat for Humanity, while Boselli & Scobee will compete for Blessings in a Backpack. Through the event, $100,000 will be distributed to charity. The event will begin at the 10th tee and will be playing after the featured groups within the competition have cleared the 10th green.
All proceeds from the tournament benefit Northeast Florida charities through The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation. More than $1.17 million was distributed last year, part of an overall commitment from Constellation.
The primary charities are Blessings in a Backpack, St. Johns Riverkeeper, Beaches Habitat for Humanity, The First Tee-North Florida and the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation.
Circle K Par Tee Porch: Located on the seventh green and open to all ticket holders. Fans get views of the 7th and 8th holes with special birdie beer promotion for all birdies made on the 7th hole.
Publix Tailgate Village: It might be golf but tournament organizers know fans want to keep up with their favorite football teams on Saturday and Sunday. The Tailgate Village will be able to watch the Jaguars, Gators, Bulldogs, Seminoles and other games on two massive video boards that will broadcast football games all weekend in an open-air, shaded venue left of the 17th hole with views of the 18th tee. Fans can enjoy a variety of food and cocktails, pick up tournament merchandise, play corn hole and other games.
VyStar Patriots Outpost: Those admitted with military tickets also have access to the VyStar Patriots Outpost near the seventh hole. The venue will include exclusive complimentary hospitality for military, veterans and their families with complimentary food & beverages.
The Hangar Bar: Located between the 7th, 11th and 12th holes, this new destination will feature Captain Morgan and Don Julio exclusive experiences along with soft seating and Adirondack chairs for picturesque sightlines.
Kids Zone: Presented by Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, the Kids Zone will be between holes 6 and 7 near the Circle K ParTee Porch. In addition to interactive games and sensory activities for kids, the zoo will bring numerous animals for friendly encounters during the three days of competition.
Family Lounge, presented by Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Baptist Health: Located next to the Kids Zone, it's open to all families and includes free WiFi, more interactive games, a children’s coloring table, changing tables, stations for nursing mothers, and educational information. The lounge is attached to the tournament’s first aid station, also sponsored by Baptist Health.
Autographs: Kids looking for an autograph or a photo with the game’s greatest legends can head to the autograph zone near the clubhouse just outside the golf shop.
Food trucks: Located at the Circle K Par Tee Porch near the 7th, 11th, and 12th holes and Publix Tailgate Village, between the 17th and 18th holes. Food trucks include the Tot Spot (tater tot bowls), Butt Hutt, KBopJax, Mother Truckin Pizza and Tikiz Shaved Ice, Nitrogen Creamery
Beverage options: At the Publix Tailgate Village, with cocktails made from Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Hendrick’s Gin; beer options at the Michelob Ultra Beer Garden and a craft beer truck at the Tailgate Village with beers from Bold City, Mocoama, Ancient City, Brew Bus and Shock Top.
Familiar favorites: TacoLu and Bubba Burger will be available, including the unveiling of a burger honoring the tournament host, the “Jim Burger.”
Furyk & Friends and the environment
Ball aluminum reusable cups will be available to fans throughout the course. These logoed cups are an upgrade from the typical plastic or Styrofoam cups used at sporting events and, in addition to being recyclable, will also provide a lasting souvenir for tournament guests.
Fans are also invited to bring their own refillable bottles and use free water stations located throughout the golf course. The complimentary refillable water stations will be located at the Publix Tailgate Village near the 18th tee, at the Family Zone near the Circle K ParTee Porch, between the 9th and 18th greens and near the Duval Gate entrance.
A volunteer group led by students from our local Nease High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Chapter have formed a “Green Team” to help keep the course clean and help fans take advantage of recycling opportunities.
Returning from last year are solar-powered cell phone charging stations and digital ticketing and spectator guides to reduce paper waste.
Constellation will bring back its fan activation display, Driving Sustainability Powered by Constellation, to engage fans in simple ways they can conserve energy and make a positive environmental impact every day.
For each fan pledge, the Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree at Elgin Air Force Base as part of the Time for Trees initiative. Elgin Air Force Base spans nearly 500,000 acres of the Florida Panhandle. Along with being a key military training headquarters, it’s also one of the most biodiverse areas in the country and contains the largest remaining contiguous stand of longleaf pine trees in the world.
The energy usage at the tournament will be offset by 100% wind RECs (renewable energy certificates) provided by Constellation.
About the Foundation
The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation was created in 2010 to help children and families in need. This Jacksonville-based non-profit partners with charities across North Florida to provide project-specific funding and essential programming. The annual Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS presented by Circle K, created to raise charity dollars to support these partnerships, brings the community together to increase awareness and funding for programs that support education, healthcare, nutrition and safety for at risk children and families.
Constellation Energy Corporation (Nasdaq: CEG) is the nation’s largest producer of clean, carbon-free energy and a leading supplier of energy products and services to millions of homes, institutional customers, the public sector, community aggregations and businesses, including three fourths of Fortune 100 companies. It is a Fortune 200 company headquartered in Baltimore.
When at the tournament ...
Fan code of conduct: Spectators are subject to expulsion and the loss of ticket privileges for the following breaches of etiquette -- making rude, vulgar or other inappropriate comments of gestures; verbally or physically harassing players, volunteers, officials or spectators; districting players or any disruption of play; unruly, disruptive, unsafe or illegal behavior; and failing to follow the instructions of tournament officials, volunteers or security personnel.
Camera/photography policy: Still or video cameras not allowed during the competitive rounds.
Mobile device policy: All devices (smartphones, pads, pagers) must be on silent at all times. Calls may be placed or answered only in designated “Cell Phone Zones.” Texting is allowed in all areas. Devices may be used to capture video, audio or photos in all areas, but flash is not allowed. Content may be used for personal purposes, such as posting on social media, but not for commercial use. No live streaming or real-time coverage is allowed.
Inclement weather policy: If inclement weather is in the vicinity, spectators will be advised on electronic scoreboards. Spectators are encouraged to return to their vehicles or ticketed hospitality venue when this warning is given. Please do not presume that play will be canceled if it rains. Re-entry to the tournament will be allowed following a suspension of play.
Bag policy: Purses and small bags must be 6 by 6 by 6 inches or smaller. Clear bags must be 12 by 6 by 12 inches or smaller. Bags for medical necessities and diaper bags will be allowed but subject to inspection.
Umbrellas, no sleeves
Collapsible chairs, no cases
Binoculars, no cases
Portable radios with headsets
Mobile phones or PDAs – must be on silent
Medically necessary materials
Infant carrier, diaper bags and other baby supplies (infant must be with the carrier)
Motorized transportation devices for handicapped persons
Seat cushions without pockets, without cases
Reusable plastic or metal cups/bottles that are empty upon entry and exit, and cannot hold more than 32-ounces
Fireworks or laser pointers
Coolers or outside beverages
Folding chair bags
Backpacks, camera cases, mesh bags, seat cushions, large tote bags, binocular cases
Weapons of any kind
Signs, posters or banners
Pets (except service animals)
Computers or laptops
Bicycles, skateboards, mopeds, tricycles
Drones or other devices that can be operated in airspace
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This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Constellation Furyk & Friends: Complete fan guide to PGA Tour Champions event