Corporate Hospitality Packages & VIP Tickets Wentworth – BMW PGA Championship 2017
The BMW PGA Championship was founded in 1955 by the Professional Golfers’ Association.
Originally called the British PGA Championship, since when it has had several sponsorship names attached, it is played every May over the West Course at the Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, Surrey, on the south western fringes of London, not far from Windsor Castle. Once upon a time it rotated on several of Britain’s finest courses, Wentworth being among them, but in 1984 it returned to the West and never left.
The PGA European Tour has its headquarters at the club and as the tour’s home tournament, widely considered as one of the leading social and sporting events in the calendar, the BMW PGA Championship is often regarded as the flagship event. The winner is given an exemption into that season’s U.S. Open and the next three Open Championships.
Former winners include Tony Jacklin, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam and Jose Maria Olazabal. In 2000, Colin Montgomerie became the only player to win three years in a row, while former World No.1 Luke Donald achieved a rare double with back-to-back wins in 2011 and 2012.
The club is owned by the Beijing-based Reignwood Group who bought it in 2014.
But it all goes back to 19th century house the “Wentworths” (now the clubhouse for the club), then home to the brother-in-law of the Duke of Wellington, and the beautiful land around it.
Wentworth’s rich and varied history is a tribute to the talent and vision of several generations of extraordinary men and women.
Were it not for developer Walter George Tarrant and his friend, golf course architect Harry Colt, Wentworth would not even exist. Tarrant saw the development potential of the site and possessed the skills and the business savvy to turn his visions into reality. Meanwhile, Colt was engaged to create two golf courses in the wooded, heathland setting, first the East and three years later the West. The Wentworth Estate was born, a sanctuary of handsome homes, quiet lanes and championship golf courses, all within touching distance of London. The world-renowned Wentworth Club was up and running.
Today Wentworth offers three 18 hole golf courses, one nine hole Par 3 executive course, extensive practice facilities, a bespoke TaylorMade Performance Lab, a clubhouse with restaurants, bars, private meeting and dining rooms for up to 300 guests, bedroom accommodation and a comprehensive Professional Shop and locker rooms. Its Tennis & Health Club features 13 tennis courts, a multi-sport area, children’s playground, creche, gym, studio, two indoor and one outdoor swimming pool, café, lounge, and a spa with seven treatment rooms.
There is also an intriguing link to the Ryder Cup.
The Roaring 20s were in full swing when Walter Hagen claimed he was bringing “the most powerful team who ever left New York” over to Wentworth for a team match between British and American professionals. In fact, Hagen’s team took a beating, but the result of this 1926 encounter was immaterial. It was such a resounding success that Samuel Ryder, who provided the trophy, said afterwards that, “we must do this again”. Thus the Ryder Cup was born.
When it returned to Wentworth in 1953, this time it was the Americans who triumphed despite their star player Ben Hogan – who had won all three majors he’d entered that year – staying at home!
The Ryder Cup helped flag Wentworth clearly on the global map of tournament golf … and there it has stayed.
The golf BMW PGA Championship offers the chance to combine great golf with first class hospitality, providing a superb overall experience.