LA QUINTA, California – This is the 60th anniversary of the Desert Classic – the annual event that brings together professional golfers and golf enthusiasts in the Coachella Valley. This year, the event is expected to attract up to 75,000 visitors. Jeff Sanders, executive director of the tournament, toured backstage at Madison Weil, News Channel 3, and presented some of the amenities that visitors can expect this year.
"So we are looking at the 18th green. Behind the 18th green is the flag of the baleen Albertsons Vons. It's 12,000 square feet and all the fans who pay $ 30 can enter, "said Sanders, noting that the $ 30 registration fee allowed fans to have access to most food and beverage venues and viewing.
Inside the pavilion for lovers of Albertsons Vons, you can enjoy several bars, restaurants, sports on the big screen, as well as a breathtaking view on this last hole.
"There are three rows of seats all around so you can eat and have a drink, then come sit down and watch the last hole in the final green here," said Sanders.
The next stop on the tour – the 17th hole just below a fan favorite: the "Suite for Beer for Birds".
"When you walk to the other side of the Michelob Ultra" Beer for Birds "Suite," you can see that there are many places to grab a beer and something to eat here. Whenever a bird is made here, the beers are going to be half-price for 15 minutes, which means that they'll be half-price all day, that's what we want. " said Sanders.
And Friday and Saturday night, the tournament will feature two concerts on the lawn: "Here you can see the setting up of the stage. The scene is in preparation for our Friday night concert to be held at Sammy Hagar and Saturday night at Bad Company, "said Sanders.
While spectators can expect a lot of good golf and entertainment next week, Sanders says the best part is raising money for a good cause: "This is the year we are going to break the bar. sixty million dollars for a charity here in the valley. so it's a little funny sixty years, sixty million. "
And with more than a million dollars raised this year alone, the event is a resounding success.
If you do not have tickets for the tournament yet, it's not too late. You can still buy tickets online here for $ 30 / day. Despite the risks of showers in the forecast, Sanders assures News Channel 3, the event will run in rain and shine.