New Traditions for Humana Challenge
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The Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation is gearing up to start January 14th.
Friday we had a sneak preview of The Club at 17, a hospitality pavilion presented by the Tilted Kilt.
The excitement is building for the Humana Challenge and all that comes with it -- President Clinton, celebrities, pro-golfers and some new traditions the tournament is planning.
A quick golf cart ride out to the 17th hole at PGA West's Arnold Palmer Course reveals a new structure taking shape.
"We're kind of billing it as the place to see and be seen during the Humana Challenge," said Humana Challenge Executive Director and CEO, Bob Marra.
It's The Club at 17, situated on one of the most pivotal holes on the course.
"110 yards, stretched back to 120 here and there and it changes the tournament it seems like every year, one way or the other, you expect something on this hole from the leaders, and something different invariably happens," said Marra.
The sports-themed pub is presented by the Tilted Kilt, with limited tickets available.
"In order to help out the Humana Challenge, we've decided that we're going to do a birdie challenge here where we're going to sponsor dollars for every birdie made on the 17th hole, and also with anyone who's bought a Humana Challenge ticket they can come down to our restaurant and they'll receive ten percent off their bill," said Tilted Kilt Palm Desert owner, Russ Dalgetty.
Another new feature of the Humana Challenge this year is theme days.
"We've got four different days geared for groups of people in addition to the normal things we have for everybody," said Marra.
Those days include Novo Nordisk Senior Day KMIR6/KPSE MY 13 Women's Day, Humana Military Appreciation Day and Barbara Sinatra Children's Center Kid's Day.
President Clinton will return again, as well as an exciting players field.
"We've got nine of the top 50 players in the world already committed, four of the USA team Ryder Cup members, but many more will be committing soon at the high level," said Marra.
And the celebrity field of players will be announced early next week, rounding out what's sure to be a star-filled green at the Humana Challenge.
All proceeds from the Humana Challenge go towards local charities.
Tickets are a hot item, so we want to help you get some.
Tune into our morning news, KMIR6 Today, next week from 5 to 7 a-m because we're giving away Humana Challenge tickets -- a four-pack every hour so be sure to tune in for the chance to win!