Many thanks to all of our past Volunteers!
For more information on volunteering at The Honda Classic and to download or complete an online application, visit the tournament website at www.thehondaclassic.com.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What duties do volunteers have?
Volunteers are assigned to a variety of committees, performing the many tasks required to conduct a PGA TOUR event. A description of each committee will be available for your review prior to your selection of committee choices.
Which days are volunteers needed?
The great majority of volunteer requirements are Wednesday through Sunday of tournament week, but some assistance may be required before and after the tournament. Committee descriptions will include the days each committee operates.
How long can I be expected to work each day? How Many days?
Depending on the committee on which you serve, the average workday is 4 to 6 hours long. Some assignments may require longer days, particularly Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Each volunteer is required to work at least three days, but most choose to work more.
Is there a cost? What do I wear?
Yes, there is a small volunteer fee that covers the cost of your uniform. The tournament will provide a volunteer package that includes a golf shirt, cap and volunteer badge. Volunteers will provide their own khaki bottoms. Volunteers are required to wear the uniform on the days they are working.
When can I sign up?
Volunteer applications will be available in the fall, along with committee descriptions and the volunteer chairperson organization. By submitting your name and address now as someone interested in volunteering, you will receive the necessary information when it is published. You will be able to sign up on our website or by mailing in an application.
Who benefits from the work I do?
Of course the players and spectators greatly appreciate the efforts of our volunteers - it's no secret that the success of the event depends on our volunteer force. An enhanced experience for players, spectators and sponsors ensures our charitable giving increases. The Honda Classic has many charitable partners, though our main benefiting charity is the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation.
WE HOPE YOU WILL BE A MEMBER OF OUR VOLUNTEER TEAM. THE CHILDREN NEED YOU!!!
Volunteer Committee Descriptions
ADMISSIONS : Ticket sales and credential checking at tournament entrances. Issue proper credentials to members of allied organizations. Tue.-Sun.
ADVANCE MARSHALS : Assigned to a group of players to accompany them for the entire eighteen holes. Walk ahead of the players to ensure access to tee boxes, cross walks, and ensure greens exits are properly manned by hole marshals and there is nothing that impedes access to these areas. Marshaling the transition areas from 18th green to 1st tee and 9th green to 10th tee. Assist with course evacuation as needed. Must be able to walk eighteen holes. Mon. - Sun. Greatest needs are Wed.-Sun.
CADDIES : Register the professional caddies, maintain the caddie area, and distribute and collect caddie bibs and towels. Sun.-Sun.
CART CONTROL : Maintain and distribute all golf carts used during the tournament, including charging and preparation of carts for the next day. Mon.-Sun.
CHILD CARE : Assist the PGA TOUR staff in providing childcare for the children of the players. Background checks required; must be at least 17 years of age. Tues.-Sun.
COMMUNICATIONS : Answer incoming calls, provide information, direct calls to other areas. Organize radio distribution and control daily check-out, check-in, and charging. Mon.-Sun.
COURTESY CHECK : Maintain checkpoint for spectators' prohibited items. Log item and provide claim check to spectators to retrieve items upon exit. Tues. -Sun.
HOSPITALITY : Assist as hosts for sponsors/guests; direct all guests to their correct locations. Control access to hospitality areas by verifying proper credentials, maintain noise control. Maintain Hospitality Will Call. Wed. - Sun.
LOCKER ROOM : Assist players in locker room to help ensure their needs are met. Assist in delivering all shipped items to locker room, stock coolers, assist with player Will Call requests, etc. Sun. - Sun.
LEADERBOARD & SCOREBOARD : Call scores of the leaders on the 18th Hole Leaderboard. Thurs. - Sun.
MARSHALS : Provide spectator control along all golf course tee boxes, fairways, crosswalks, and greens. Spot and protect players' golf shots that are outside the ropes. Maintain quiet during play. Prevent unauthorized photography. Ensure safe passage of players from the green to the next tee. Assist with course evacuation if needed. Work directly with Mobile Device Task Force (MDTF) to ensure compliance with cell phone/camera rules, advise spectators of designated cell phone areas, and contact MDTF team member should their assistance be necessary. Marshals should not confiscate phones, but will gently remind spectators to keep phones on silent, no photography, etc. Mon. - Sun. Greatest needs are Thurs.-Sun. Weekends are full day shifts. (only 3-4 people needed for check - in)
MOBILE DEVICE TASK FORCE : Ensure that spectators are aware of cell phone policy and direct them to designated cell phone zones. Approach patrons who disrupt play with a mobile device and provide them a claim check to retrieve their device at courtesy check upon their departure. Must be able to walk or stand for long periods and be diplomatic when approaching spectators. Assist with Course Evacuation when necessary. Shifts for this committee are full days. Thurs. - Sun.
PLAYER REGISTRATION : Register the PGA TOUR Professionals, RESTRICTED* Sun.-Wed. Provide Player/Family assistance by giving information to the families of the professionals to make their stay more enjoyable. Thurs.-Sun.
PRACTICE FACILITIES : Maintain spectator control & assist players at the tournament practice range & putting green. Prevent unauthorized photography. Work directly with Mobile Device Task Force (MDTF) to ensure compliance with cell phone/camera rules. Collect, sort and distribute range balls. Marshal walkway from range or practice green to tee or clubhouse. Requires some heavy lifting and 6 hour shifts. Sun. - Sun.
PRO-AMS : Greet, register, & provide information to amateur contestants. Assist with amateur golf bags. Assemble and distribute gift packages to amateurs. Assist with the verification of handicaps and scoring. Sun. - Sat.
PRODUCT CONTROL & DISTRIBUTION : Receive, control, and distribute supplies for tournament use, including pairing sheets, programs, and on course refreshments for use by the players. Receive and distribute supplies needed by vendors and tournament employees. Requires lifting. Mon.-Sun.
SHOTLINK LASERS : Assist at stations on every hole in the fairway and at the green to track the location of each player's shot using a laser sighting device. Easy to follow instructions will be provided. Thurs.-Sun. plus hands on practice Wed.
SPECTATOR INFORMATION : Staff information booths to answer questions, direct spectators and hospitality patrons, and provide general information. Wed.-Sun.
STANDARD BEARERS : Walk with each group of golfers for the entire round and display their scores in relation to par on a Scoring Standard. This position is a great opportunity for teenagers or parents and children. Wed.-Sun. For the "walk with a parent" program, only one child (under the age of 13) per parent/guardian, please.
TOURNAMENT OFFICE : Beginning three weeks prior to the event, support tournament staff by answering phones, assembling invitations, mailing tickets, and various office duties. Assistance needed beginning in mid-January. Only 4-5 volunteers needed. Priority is given to previous tournament office volunteers.
TRANSPORTATION : Inventory/distribution of vehicles to PGA TOUR players and special guests. Includes, airport pick up/drop off for players and shuttle transportation for volunteers. Some assistance needed in January to help procure vehicles. Then, Sat. 2/20-Mon. 3/1. Valid driver license required.
TV LIAISON : Provide on course assistance to both the Television Network and Satellite Radio. Must be able to walk 18 holes and utilize two-way radio quickly and efficiently. Thurs.-Sun.
VOLUNTEER HEADQUARTERS : Maintain volunteer headquarters, provide information and set up/clean up for food/beverages, stock drink coolers, distribute and collect lunch chits. May require early morning hours. Mon.-Sun., possibly Mon. 3/1.
UNIFORM DISTRIBUTION : Distribute volunteer uniforms prior to tournament week. Assist in distributing volunteer badges. Also, may be needed tournament week for uniform sales, located in Volunteer HQ. One to two weeks prior to tournament. Exact dates TBD.
UNIFORM SALES : Uniform and other merchandise sales during uniform distribution & tournament week, located in Volunteer HQ. May require some early morning hours. Exact dates TBD & Wed.-Sun.
WALKING SCORERS : Walk with a group of players during the Pro-Am and Tournament rounds, entering stroke, scoring, and statistical information into a hand held device. Wed.-Sun. (Wed. required for new walking scorer volunteers)
WILL CALL : Serve as a distribution center at an off-site location for credentials and passes left for guests of Players, Officials, Hospitality Sponsors, PGA TOUR Staff, and members of the Media. Tues.-Sun.