We will soon find out. The HSBC Champions golf tournament hits Shanghai’s Sheshan Golf Club — which touts itself on its website as “Shanghai’s first truly private and exclusive ‘members only’ golf club” — November 10-13. Private. Exclusive. That about sums it up. Tickets for the tournament are RMB 500 (around $60) for Thursday and Friday and RMB 1,000 for Saturday and Sunday. A tournament pass that includes all days is RMB 2,000, just RMB 319 more than the monthly income for the average Shanghai household. Not exactly the best way to grow Chinese interest in golf from the bottom up, as is necessary. But who cares about that? Tiger is coming to town!
Will be interesting to see what kind of crowd shows up, considering the BMW Asian Open earlier this year — to which entry was free — didn’t exactly pack Tomson Golf Club. But it didn’t feature Tiger Woods, either. Nor did it have a $5 million purse, the largest ever in Asia, like the HSBC does. Shanghaiist will be there, if only to see what Tiger has done with his hair.
If you are interested, here are ticket prices for the upcoming Tennis Masters Cup (November 13-20 in Shanghai).