Golf's often known as an expensive sport to play, but it's even more pricey if you want to play with Major champions, as seen by some of the VIP packages now on sale for upcoming LIV Golf events – including a cool $100,000 to play a round with Brooks Koepka.
Koepka posted about the experiences himself on social media, with the challenge “For everyone in my mentions who thinks they could beat me in 18…here’s your shot.”
That shot will cost you a small fortune though, although if you are tempted by the Smash GC VIP packages then you do get a little bit more for the lofty price tag – including an opportunity to “Join the Members of Smash GC for a Family Dinner” and a “Private Putting Lesson with Smash GC Coach” also included.
Called "The Smash Family Experience", these packages are available for the opening event of the new LIV Golf League season at Mayakoba in February and the second tournament in Tucson in March.
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Smash GC ended last season with Koepka playing alongside his younger brother Chase, Jason Kokrak and Richard Bland, although the exact line-ups of the teams for the new season have not been released as yet.
There’s not too much information on what exactly your $100,000 gets you in these packages either, apart from three people being able to play in the Pro-Am, a meet and greet with the players, some signed memorabilia and a Smash GC gift bag. That must be some gift bag!
The finer print in this experience does also state, however, that with the events spread across two days you’ll have to find yourself some accommodation to be around the course for the duration. It seems a hundred grand doesn’t even get you a local Holiday Inn these days.
It seems a lot of the emphasis for the price tag here is the dinner with Smash GC, as there’s a much cheaper option to play alongside Brooks Koepka in the Pro-Am via “The Dialed In Experience” which looks an absolute bargain in comparison at just $12,500 for one person to play in the Pro-Am and get the other signed goodies and putting lesson.
All that’s missing is the dinner here, so if you could take three of those packages, coming in at $37,500, you’re then, by my maths, saving yourself $62,500 by not having dinner with the team – that’s one expensive dinner.
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Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website. Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.
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