Are PGA Championship 2024 Tickets Refundable? Disastrous Weather Brings Terrible Fate to Fans

Published 05/15/2024, 11:28 AM EDT

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Nearly ten years later, as the PGA Championship returns to Valhalla Golf Club for its 106th edition, the weather forecast offers a sneak peek into a faithful recreation of the past. But before they revealed the weather reports among the fans, another remarkable history was made regarding the upcoming event, which starts in less than 24 hours. With a sale of 200,000 tickets this season, golf fans have left behind the previous records of the highest ticket purchases, as was documented in 2017.

A yellow warning is broadcast on news channels, and almost all the weather forecasts have ordained a heavy downpour with scattered and heavy thunderstorms from time to time. This sudden turn of circumstances has instantly put fans in immense concern about their attendance at the event and the possibility of attaining a refund if the first option is not valid anymore. Let us discover whether it is viable to demand a refund at all or not.

Is the PGA Championship ticket refundable?


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Known for its strict rules with tickets, the PGA Championship does not allow any Re-Admission on the tournament grounds. According to their policy, the audience must have an unscanned ticket every single time they wish to enter the premises. Thus, retrieving a refund might not be a butter smooth process either. The 2024 PGA Championship has an established ‘Event Cancellation / Weather Policy’ which states that no refund or replacement of tickets is possible if, on a scheduled day, a minimum of 5 cumulative hours of play or practice is held

However, if the hours fall short due to “an act of God or other matter beyond the control of the PGA,” then according to the refund policy of the PGA Championship, consumers might get the following resolve:


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  • A full refund of the Ticket Price paid to PGA
  • A partial refund of the Ticket Price paid to PGA
  • An exchanged ticket to attend the subsequent rescheduled event or a comparable ticket for any other days of the Championship.

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Fans with a Championship+ Inclusive Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverage Program ticket are allocated $90 for their Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverage perks during the actual events and $20 for the practice rounds. The PGA claims the right not to provide any refund in case the promised services are available for three cumulative hours, regardless of official playing hours on the given day. They also declared, “The price of your Championship+ Inclusive Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverage Program ticket allocated to food and non-alcoholic beverages is exclusive of 6% state and local sales tax.”

Thus, the weather conditions on the scheduled dates would matter a lot. Whether the games would go on for longer hours or not, the subsequent chances of refund possibilities depend upon the weather. Let us look at how the weather forecast has come to Valhalla.


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Would it rain throughout the PGA Championship?

With an 86% possibility of rain today, Valhalla is seeing some trouble with conducting their pre-game tidbits. However, the possibility of a rain-less first round of the PGA Championship still stands for this Thursday. The night of May 16th may have a 60% possibility of rain and temperature as low as 55F at night. But with the days and rounds moving forward, Louisville, Kentucky, would see thunderstorms with an 80% possibility of heavy rain. The average wind of SSW is 10 mph, and the temperature would remain in the range of 62F – 76F.

Saturday again would see a slight decrease from the weather-beaten situation at Valhalla Golf Club. It would have only a 40% chance of rain, and SW wind would blow about 6-12 mph on average. The temperature would be modest, ranging between 60F and 80F. The final day of the Championship would have as little as 17% precipitation chances and might remain cloudy all day.


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Do you think the weather would ruin fans’ excitement? Let us know in the comments below if you are excited to see Rory McIlroy playing again in Valhalla.




Written by:

Pritha Halder


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Pritha Halder is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Specializing in covering the off-court life of PGA Tour players, she brings to life the drama, triumphs and challenges of this Gentlemen's game. Having completed her Bachelor's in English Language and Literature from a multidisciplinary university, Pritha started her career as a writer for a literary magazine, before delving into the world of Golf Her early interest in the sport blossomed after reading a New York Times article "Tiger Woods and the Game of Life".
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