2019 Downtown Open

Saturday, May 18th – Downtown Kansas City

    The Downtown Open is back! Grab your friends & your glory as you ride the streetcar down Main St, chipping off Kansas City’s landmarks & putting inside bars for this one of a kind Urban Golf Tournament! While you’ll find many of the amenities you’ve come to expect from a typical golf course, this will be anything but. Teeing off from rooftops, pitching from sidewalks and putting on street corners. No golf carts necessary as every hole is a short walk from the KC Ride Streetcar stops.

     

    We are once again teaming up with local companies to design an Urban Golf Course that traverse some of our city’s greatest landmarks from the River Market, Kansas City, the Downtown Library, One Light Luxury Apartments, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and more!

     

    As the tournament winds down for the day, join us at The Clubhouse, otherwise known as Washington Square Park, where the jeers from the crowd, live music, and booze will be potentially distracting as you play one of the many fun games in the park.

    Frequently Asked Questions

      • How does this work?
        • When you sign up, you pick a route. Each route will consist of 3 holes and have a chip and a putt at each hole. Each stop will have 4 urban golfers going at the same time in order to keep lines to a minimum. Once you’re done golfing your 3 holes, head back to The Clubhouse (Washington Square Park) for prizes, music, games and more!
      • What You NEED:
        • Your ID
        • Your Awesome Outfit
        • Your Golf Skills
      • What You DON’T NEED:
        • DON’T NEED Your Own Clubs – Thanks, Callaway!
        • DON’T NEED Your Own Balls – giggity.
        • DON’T NEED A Printed Ticket – Save the Trees!
        • DON’T NEED Cash for the streetcar – IT’S FREE
      • I’m left-handed, will there be clubs for me?
        • Of course! (Thanks again Callaway!)
      • So, we’ll be chipping downtown – how do we not do any damage with the golf balls?
        • At the chip holes, we’ll be using practice balls made with “cross-linked foaming” that decompresses on impact, then re-forms. They’re heavier than a wiffle ball, but much lighter than a real golf ball but travel about one-third the distance of real golf balls. They’re much softer than real golf balls, making it safe for use in more locations.
      • I don’t want to participate in the event, but I still want to come – is that an option?
        • Yes, you can join the party! Washington Square Park will be open to the public. Come hang out, grab a drink and cheer on your favorite golfer.
      • Will there be an after party?
        • You know it! There will be an awesome after party at Washington Square Park starting at 5:00 pm with live music, food trucks and more prizes!
      • What are the routes?
        • Route 1 – River Market, P&L & Crossroads
        • Route 2 – Crossroads, Library & Kauffman
        • Route 3 – Kauffman, River Market & P&L
        • Route 4 – P&L, Crossroads & Library
        • Route 5 – Library, Kauffman & River Market

      Check Out Pictures from Past Years!

      Tickets

        Don’t miss out on group discount tickets! Purchase the group ticket option which includes 8-10 tickets, because pub crawls are way better with friends!

        Custom Chip and Putts

        Local Architect and Construction companies are custom building each chip and putt so that 4 golfers can go at once, saving time and making each experience unique.

          Prizes

            • Raffle Prizes
              • Raffle tickets will be sold in Washington Square Park and you can put a ticket into the bucket for each prize you want to win. The more tickets the better your chances. Raffle drawings will be at 5:30pm on stage. MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN
                • Free Golf for 4 from Orion Golf
                • Royals Tickets from KC Crew
                • Sporting Tickets from KC Crew
                • Chiefs Tickets from KC Crew
                • Kendra Scott Jewelry
                • Callaway Golf Balls
                • Callaway Golf Bag
            • Event Prizes
              • Prizes will be awarded at Washington Square Park following the raffle prizes at 5:20pm on the stage. MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN
                • Best Overall Individual
                • Hole In One – Chip
                • Best Outfit
                • Runner-Up Overall Individual

            Follow @KCCrewSports on Snapchat and on Instagram to see highlights from the event.

            T-Shirts

              Get your 2019 Downtown Open shirt at the door for $20.

              Timeline

                • 11:00am – Check In & Warm-ups at The Clubhouse (aka Washington Square Park)
                  • All attendees must come here first to get scorecards before heading to the first stop
                  • This will also be the only chance at practice shots with the limited fly golf balls.
                  • DUE TO LIMITED TIME, PRACTICE SHOTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED AT OTHER HOLES
                  • Parking is limited around Washington Square Park so patrons are encouraged to ride the streetcar to Washington Square Park.
                  • Washington Square Park is open to the public with games, music, food trucks & more
                • 12:45pm – Teams depart Washington Square Park on the streetcar to their first stop
                • 01:00pm – Downtown Open chipping and putting starts
                • 03:00pm – Music by the Phantastics starts at The Clubhouse
                • 4:00pm – Golfing Ends, and after party begins! Head back to The Clubouse!
                  • Just for checking out, you’ll be entered in for a chance to win FREE League Registration and Event Tickets for a year!!
                • 05:00pm – All golfers must be checked out by now!
                • 05:30pm – Raffle prizes, event winners, KC Crew League and Events winner and Builders Cup winner announced on stage at The Clubhouse.
                • 06:00pm – After party ends

                After Party

                  Starting at 3pm at The Clubhouse (aka Washington Square Park) there will be a live band, food trucks, games and an entry to win FREE League Registration and Event Tickets for a year! Just check out between 4-5pm and you’re entered in to win. Winner will be announced at 5:30pm, you must be present to win.

                  Downtown Open Rules

                    1. Everyone will check in at Washington Square Park from 11am until 1pm. There will be an area to warm-up if you choose to do so.
                      1. NOTE: You will not be able to warm-up at the actual chip/putt locations.
                      2. When you check in you will be told to always start at a chip location or to always start at a putt location.
                      3. For example, if you are starting at Route 1 and are told putt then you will go to Harry’s first to putt then go to City Market Park to Chip. Then you will head to Hole 2 to John’s to Putt then head to Library Rooftop garage to Chip and so on.
                    2. The Open will start at 1pm, so make sure you are at your starting location by then. There will be a volunteer at every chip and putt stop that you will need to check in with once you arrive, and they will let you know when it will be your turn.
                    3. Follow the route on your map. We have suggested streetcar stops that you should use at each location for the quickest route. When you get off the streetcar at each suggested stop there will be directions in chalk on the ground. Follow them for the quickest route.
                    4. **DO NOT TAKE BALLS OR CLUBS FROM THE CHIPPING AND PUTTING LOCATIONS! The balls and clubs are to be used at the specific location only.

                    Scoring

                      • Similar to Top Golf, you will get points based off where your ball lands. Just like regular golf, you are trying to have the lowest score by the end of the Open.
                      • Scores will be kept by volunteers at every location.
                      • Chipping:
                        • You will be allowed 3 chip shots to try and make it in the hole
                        • Each shot has an assigned score depending on where it lands
                        • The lowest point from all 3 shots will be recorded as your score for that location
                        • For Example: If you make it in the 2nd circle on your first shot, worth 3 points, but then make it in the hole on the next shot, you only take 1 point as your total score for the hole.
                        • Hole-in-1 = 1 point
                        • In 1st circle surrounding hole = 2 points
                        • In 2nd circle surrounding hole = 3 points
                        • Anywhere outside of target area = 4 points
                      • Putting:
                        • The idea is to putt the ball into the hole
                        • If that takes you one putt, you get 1 point
                        • If it takes you 2 putts, you get 2 points
                        • If it takes you 3 putts, you get 3 points
                        • Anything over 3 putts, you get 4 points
                        • Get the point?

                      Event Partner

                        A big thank you to Kansas City Missouri Parks and Recreation for partnering on this event and for hosting The Clubhouse at Washington Square Park!

                        Sponsors

                        A big thank you to Jameson Irish Whiskey. They will be run on special at all participating locations.

                        A big thank you to Orion Management Solutions for providing prizes for winners!

                        A big thank you to Wise Power Lounge for being a hole sponsor! They will be opening soon at Hy-Vee Arena and will offer golf and sports simulators in an upscale and relaxed atmosphere. 

                        The Kansas City Club will be hosting the Longest Drive in their brand new golf simulators! Golfers will have a chance to compete in this for a shot to win an Epic Flash Fairway Wood from Callaway!

                        A big thank you to Callaway for donating all of the clubs and balls used during the event!

                        Vendors

                        Stop by and say hey to Topgolf. They will be set up at The Clubhouse during the event!

                        Ever wondered what it would be like to swing from tree to tree? Stop by and say hey to our friends from Go Ape to get more info!

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