Pro golf in Charlotte: What’s the future hold?


Opinion: What’s later for pro golf's future in Charlotte?


– Wells Fargo Championship sponsor is ending their sponsorship, leaving a gap in Charlotte’s PGA Tour schedule
– “Beyond the Green” events are aimed at promoting careers in golf beyond playing professionally.

Beyond the Green events are introduced by the PGA America to address the question of “What’s next?” for golfers who do not go pro. These events aim to inspire talent to pursue careers in the business of golf and beyond. The Wells Fargo Championship, previously known as the Wachovia Championship and the Quail Hollow Championship, has been a significant event in Charlotte, referred to as the sixth major. However, with the sponsor ending their involvement, the future of professional golf in Charlotte is uncertain. The Quail Hollow Club leadership will have the final say on whether the tournament continues, as securing a new sponsor is crucial to keep the event going.

Despite the focus on the tournament field and record purse, the Wells Fargo Championship has had a valuable impact on the Charlotte community, providing over $30 million in charitable giving since 2003. Beneficiaries of this giving include organizations such as the Young Black Leadership Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, and the Foundation for The Carolinas. The hope is that future sponsors will step up to ensure the continuation of professional golf in Charlotte, providing opportunities for community engagement and support.

While the future of professional golf in Charlotte remains uncertain, events like the PGA Championship in 2025 represent opportunities to showcase and support the sport. By engaging with the community and attracting new sponsors, the continuation of golf in Charlotte can be secured, ensuring that both fans and players have a platform to enjoy and contribute to the sport.