Play With A PGA Tour Champ At Fabled Kapalua On Maui

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Some lucky golfer will get to play with 2009 Champion Geoff Ogilvey - All Images Courtesy Kapalua
When the season opening SBS Championship gets underway in January, you could be teeing it up with one of the world's best playing the Coore-Crenshaw designed Plantation layout.

The SBS Championship, the season-opening event of the PGA TOUR, is scheduled for the week of January 4 - 10, 2010 and this unique field of approximately 36 professionals will compete at Kapalua Resort for the first title of the 2010 season.

To compete in this select tournament, PGA Tour players must have won during the previous season.

For this reason, the SBS Championship Pro-Am Tournament is the only one in the world that can guarantee that you will play with a PGA Tour winner.

Still this Pro-Am experience offers even more than the round with a tour star. This is the ultimate full-week experience.

Your pro-am package starts with entry in the 36-hole SBS Championship All-Amateur Tournament, Sunday, January 3, at The Plantation Course and Monday, January 4 at The Bay Course.

[The view from the tee box of the Plantation Course's 18th tee.]

The par 73, 7,411-yard Plantation Course, is truly the course of the champions.The field here has included golf greats such as Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Justin Leonard, Ernie Els, Davis Love III and many more. The grand scale of the course designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore unfurls across natural geographic formations and pineapple plantation fields that take your breath away. The course record is 62 set by K.J. Choi in 2003.

Your second round will be over the Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane designed ocean-side Bay Course. The forerunner of Kapalua Resort's two championship golf courses, The Bay Course is a 6,600-yard par 72 with gently rolling fairways and generous greens. The Bay Course is an excellent example of resort golf at its best. The course record is 62 set by Mike Sullivan in 1995.

Then you and a friend will attend the Pro-Am Draw Party on Monday night to find out who you will be playing with.

On Tuesday, you can either sharpen your game on the Bay course using one of the two complimentary golf rounds that your package includes or you can save both for play later in the week. If you don't play, you can follow your playing pro as he plays a practice round.

Then on Wednesday, January 6, at the Plantation Course, you will get to tee it up with the pros (the full potential field is listed at the end of this article).

[The 2009 third place Pro-Am Team captained by Davis Love III]

When the pro start shooting birdies in search of their first 2010 ttile, you will be hangin' out in the exclusive SBS Championship Hospitality Tent in The Plantation House Restaurant which offers a breakfast and lunch buffet. You have full access to this throughout all four days of the tournament.

The fans can see all the action around the 18th green
More likely you will be watching the action from the SBS Championship exclusive skybox seating on the 18th green.

There are a couple more events on your schedule that are "can't miss".

One is an invitation for two to the Gala Party on Friday, January 8 and the other is the Champion's Reception immediately following the awards presentation.

The cost for this ultimate Pro-Am is $11,000 USD and Kapalua also offer accommodations packages at their five-star properties that run for the entire period around the SBS tournament.

For eight nights arriving January 2 and departing January 10, 2010:
* Deluxe Oceanview Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua - $4,800
* One-bedroom Gold Oceanview Villa - $2,600
* One-bedroom Gold Oceanfront Villa - $3,225
* Two-bedroom Golf Oceanview Villa - $3,950
* Two-bedroom Gold Oceanfront Villa - $4,600

For 5 nights arriving January 5 and departing January 10, 2010:

* Deluxe Oceanview Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua - $3,100
* One-bedroom Gold Oceanview Villa - $1,700
* One-bedroom Gold Oceanfront Villa - $2,100
* Two-bedroom Golf Oceanview Villa - $2,550
* Two-bedroom Gold Oceanfront Villa - $2950

[Kapalus offers a range of five-start accommodation options]

For more information on this premier Maui event call SBS Championship at 808-665-9160 or visit

Players listed below have qualified for this event and have until January 1, 2010 to commit to the SBS Championship. They appear in the order that they won their first qaulifying tournament.

- Geoff Ogilvy: Mercedes-Benz Championship, WGC Accenture Match Play Championship
- Zach Johnson: Sony Open in Hawaii
- Pat Perez: Bob Hope Chrysler Classic - Hosted by Arnold Palmer
- Kenny Perry: FBR Open
- Nick Watney: Buick Invitational
- Dustin Johnson: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
- Phil Mickelson: Northern Trust Open, WGC-CA Championship, THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, World Golf Championships - HSBC Championships
- Mark Wilson: Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya
- Y.E. Yang: The Honda Classic, PGA Championship
- Michael Bradley: Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular
- Retief Goosen: Transitions Championship
- Tiger Woods: Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, The Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley, AT&T National, Buick Open, WGC-Bridgestone, BMW ChampionshipInvitational
- Paul Casey: Shell Houston Open
- Angel Cabrera: The Masters
- Brian Gay: Verizon Heritage, Stanford St. Jude Championship
- Jerry Kelly: Zurich Classic of New Orleans
- Sean O'Hair: Quail Hollow Championship
- Henrik Stenson:  THE PLAYERS Championship
- Zach Johnson: Valero Texas Open
- Rory Sabbatini: HP Byron Nelson Championship
- Steve Stricker: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, John Deere Classic, Deutsche Bank Championship
- Lucas Glover: U.S. Open Championship
Travelers Championship - Kenny Perry
- Stewart CinkL British Open Championship
- Bo Van Pelt: U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee
- Nathan Green: RBC Canadian Open
- John Rollins: Legends Reno-Tahoe Open
- Ryan Moore: Wyndham Championship
- Heath Slocum: The Barclays
- Matt Kuchar: Turning Stone Resort Championship
- Martin Laird: Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open
- Troy Matteson: Open

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