Golf News for Tuesday, July 23, 2013 | Tournaments

Humana Challenge offering discount on tickets for Club 17 online

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- It has become the place to see and be seen at the Humana Challenge and the place where the excitement outside can be equaled only by the exciting atmosphere inside.

And tickets to experience that atmosphere at Club 17, the open-aired, spacious hospitality villa overlooking the 17th green at the Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA WEST, are now available at a special discount online at Until July 28, fans can buy one Club 17 weekly pass and get the second at half price. That's a $500 value for only $375.

After July 28, tickets for the lively atmosphere of Club 17 are $250 for an individual weekly (four-day) pass or $450 for a two-pack. Special packages for foursomes are available for $800.

Club 17 offers fans of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation an energy-charged, fun, sports bar-like experience that comes with a pristine view of one of the signature holes of the iconic tournament.

Club 17 tickets include preferred parking, access to watching golf and sports on big-screen televisions, a full menu of food items for purchase, a cash bar and complimentary daily pairings sheets. The tickets also provide grounds access to PGA WEST and La Quinta Country Club during the full week of the Humana Challenge.

"There are few better places to enjoy the excitement of the Humana Challenge than Club 17," Humana Challenge Executive Director and CEO Bob Marra said. "What you have at Club 17 is a combination of a lively atmosphere with a beautiful, mountainside setting and one of the most pivotal holes in the tournament. This is a tradition we started last year, and it will be even bigger and better this year, as we're expanding the size and scope of it."

Aside from the aforementioned benefits, Club 17 patrons are treated to views of a hole that is as pivotal as it is picturesque. It plays only 110 yards from the uppermost tee of the tiered tee boxes carved out of the hole's mountainside backdrop. Patrons have a better view of the narrow green than the Bighorn sheep that often frequent and frolic around the hole.

Both the two-legged human and often-seen four-legged Bighorn sheep galleries are often witness to the deceptive difficulty of players finding the right spot off the tee on the long, narrow green. The hole may be small in stature, but it can have huge implications. It is framed with a canal to the left and the rocky mountain outcropping to the right. That often spells title-crushing trouble for players coming down the stretch on Sunday.

"This is a great place to see, be seen and enjoy the Humana Challenge with your friends," Marra said.

Humana Challenge Weekly Clubhouse and Weekly Grounds tickets are also on sale. Pro-Am positions and hospitality packages, including the ever-popular Bob Hope Club, are also available and can be purchased at or by contacting the tournament office at 760-346-8184.

About Humana Inc.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company's website at

About the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation
The Clinton Foundation works to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results. Since 2001, the Clinton Foundation's work has resulted in more than 5 million people benefiting from lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment; more than 18,000 U.S. schools building healthier learning environments; more than 55,000 micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners, and smallholder farmers improving their livelihoods and communities; and more than 248 million tons of CO2 being reduced in cities around the world.

And Clinton Global Initiative members have made more than 2,300 commitments that are improving the lives of more than 400 million people in more than 180 countries. For more information, visit, read our blog at, and follow us on Twitter @ClintonFdn.

Since its inception, Desert Classic Charities, the charitable entity that organizes the Humana Challenge, has contributed more than $52 million to the Eisenhower Medical Center and surrounding Coachella Valley nonprofit organizations. Its scope of giving is broad and includes structured and mentoring programs for children, social services, and food and safe shelter for the less fortunate. Desert Classic Charities is dedicated to continuing its mission to serve human needs in the Coachella Valley and beyond by generating funds and opportunities through the Humana Challenge.

The PGA TOUR is the world's premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning 120 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Canada.

The PGA TOUR's mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to nearly 945 million households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2012, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $130 million for local charitable organizations, and the TOUR's all-time total of charitable contributions has reached $1.86 billion.

The PGA TOUR's website is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Brian Robin
(818) 462-5610

Pat Bennett
(760) 346-8184