The Ally Challenge, presented by McLaren, will be played at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc. The PGA Tour Champions tournament runs Sept. 12-15.

The Ally Challenge, presented by McLaren, will be played at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc. The PGA Tour Champions tournament runs Sept. 12-15.

Photo provided by The Ally Challenge, presented by McLaren


The Ally Challenge gearing up for weekend in Grand Blanc

By: Zachary Manning | C&G Newspapers | Published August 29, 2019

METRO DETROIT — Summer may be coming to an end soon, but there are still some opportunities to soak up the sun with friends and family.

From Sept. 12 to Sept. 15, Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc will host The Ally Challenge, presented by McLaren, which is a PGA Tour Champions event.

The pro-am will be played on Sept. 12, with the official tournament running the following three days.

“We’re looking forward to having everyone come out, have a great time,” Tournament Director Chris Coffman said. “I think we got a great schedule of events for fans to enjoy, and we’re looking forward to having everyone out.”

The field hasn’t been finalized yet, but Coffman is expecting a solid crop of players. Some top names playing include Retief Goosen; last year’s champion, Paul Broadhurst; and Kirk Triplett, among others.

Coffman also mentioned that the tournament is still waiting to hear from Fred Couples, who would be another marquee addition to the field.

For those looking to experience more than just the tournament, there are plenty of options. The tournament will have a celebrity foursome of Jack Nicklaus, Kid Rock, Henrik Zetterberg and Dierks Bentley teeing off Sept. 14 following the final tournament pairing.

Those interested in music can stick around on Saturday and watch a concert headlined by Bentley. Gates open at 4 p.m., and opening acts begin at 5:30 p.m.

The 17th hole will also be a unique place to catch the action, as the tournament is introducing what it calls “Birdie Time Is Miller Time.”

According to Coffman, every time there is a birdie on the par-3 17th hole, an adult beverage will be offered for $2 for 17 minutes.

“It should be a whole bunch of fun, and there’s all kinds of history and heritage on that hole from years past,” Coffman said, referring to the Buick Open, which last took place in 2009. “I think we got an opportunity to build sort of a fun thing around our tournament that our fans are going to really enjoy.”

 

Tickets
Tickets are still on sale for each day of the tournament. Fans can catch the action for $20 on Thursday, $35 on Friday, $50 on Saturday and $35 on Sunday. A weekly ticket costs $100. Children 17 and younger get in free with a ticketed adult as well.

Fans looking for clubhouse tickets will be charged $80 on Friday, $95 on Saturday and $80 on Sunday. Tickets good any one day are also available.

 

Parking
For the tournament, public parking is available beginning Sept. 13 and running through Sept. 15 at Grand Blanc High School’s East Campus.

The cost to park is $5, and complimentary shuttles will be running throughout the day. Shuttles will run from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, visit theallychallenge.com.