I was fortunate to have been able to attend two days of The Presidents Cup last week here in San Francisco. For those who are not familiar with the golf event, it is a bi-annual golf event that is held usually on the east coast of the US or an international location and is a team event. Some of the best US golfers and International players (with the exeception of European players) go head to head for 4 days at differnt types of golf games to win points and ultimately the Cup. This event is differnt than a regular golf tournament as it has a team focus where a regular tournament has more of a individual focus and aspect.
On Wednesday, I attended a full day of practice rounds on the Harding Park course on Lake Merced and the Opening Ceremonies. With a heavy security detail and rules stating no cell phones all week and a ban on cameras from Thursday to Sunday, Wednesday was a great day to take some candid photos. Practice is very relaxed, but still serious as players were focusing on shots, angles, strategy, and swings of course.
The PGA worked with numerous groups, agencies, and people to make this event a reality for not only the world, but The City of San Francisco, fans, and the local economy. Plenty of grandstands were setup across the course along with hospitality suites for sponsors, corporate partners, media, and more. The vantage points for fans to view the action of the matches were excellent and well thought out. Large video screens were also placed in areas for easy viewing and score updates along with concessions and restrooms at strategic locations. From the event planning and coordination standpoint, it seemed very well thought out and executed. Great flows of traffic, security, direction, free shuttle services, usage of public transportation, and instruction. Other things of note that made it easy for spectators were huge directional signage, daily printed programs with times, maps, and locations of ammenities and more, a real time/hand held video device sponsored by Citi that allowed visitors to view the game play and also track scores and see their locations.
I was fortunate to also return to the tournament on Saturday during the actual game play and was impressed as well by the flow of the event. With numerous volunteers from all across the world assisting with various jobs and aspects of the tournament, the PGA and Harding Park put on a great event. It was fun to not only be there from a fan point of view, but also from a planners view to see how a large scale production of such magnitude could be coordinated and accomplished. Photos of the practice round on Wednesday can be seen here. As always, please follow us on Twitter and you can find us on Facebook too.