PGA Allows Tournaments At Casinos, But There Are Rules

The B.C. Open at Turning Stone Resort and Casino is one of only three PGA Tour events this season to be hosted at a site with a casino.

The tournament, which will be played July 20-23 at Turning Stone’s Atunyote Golf Club, was relocated because of unplayable conditions caused flooding at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott.

The other two tournaments at courses with a casino on site or near are the Reno-Tahoe Open in late August in Reno, Nev., and the Open in October in Las Vegas.

Having golf tournaments near a casino is nothing new to the PGA Tour. The Open has been played on courses at the Desert Inn, the Dunes, the Showboat and the Tropicana, all famed Las Vegas resorts that also feature gaming.

PGA Tour officials have few concerns about Turning Stone or any other venue that has gaming ties, said Bob Combs, senior vice president of communications for the PGA Tour, as long as tournament organizers follow strict guidelines.

Combs said the tour stipulates that no connection with gaming appear in the event’s title, advertising or at the golf course. That is why the word casino has been dropped from Turning Stone’s title in its tournament sponsorship, he said. The event is officially known as the B.C. Open presented Turning Stone Resort.

“We would draw a distinction. If it was a casino only, our regulations would not permit it,” Combs said. “Turning Stone is a resort associated with a casino. It’s a resort with all of the amenities, lodging, food and golf course. Our agreement is with the resort.”