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In celebration of hitting 10,000 Facebook followers, I wanted to kick off a new weekly blog feature where Team TPG will be giving away prizes to our loyal readers every Thursday – so get ready for some fun contests and a grab bag of prizes!
To kick us off, I’ve got some great swag to give away. On Monday I was invited to attend Mastercard’s Legends Academy golf outing at the Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey. During the day attendees were able to chat with Sir Nick Faldo and get golf tips, as well as meet several members of the Barclaycard Arrival executive leadership team and pick their brains about the card and future initiatives with it including the opportunity to earn points through their online travel community.
After dinner and drinks, we were able to have a Q&A session with Nick Faldo who told us all about his days jetting around on the Concorde, which I of course loved. Due to scheduling (and the fact that I don’t play golf, something my Dad and brothers have been urging me to change for years) I just joined for the evening portion.
I also walked away with a couple goodie bags filled with a bunch of items that would be useful to any golfer and I would like to them give away to one of my readers.
Golf Giveaway Contest
The giveaway includes:
– White BarclayCard sport towel signed by Nick Faldo
– Navy blue BarclayCard sport towel
– Black and blue drawstring bag with the BarclayCard logo on the front
– Black embroidered BarclayCard baseball hat
– BarclayCard fountain pen with felt case
– 2 packs of Titleist Pro V1 golf balls
– Large umbrella
– 2 leather encased travel coffee mugs with MasterCard logo imprinted on the side
–1 One Day ticket good for any day from Wednesday August 21st – Sunday August 25th to the Barclays 2013 tournament where you’ll have access to MasterCard Club Hole 2 and Grounds Access
If you are someone who enjoys a good round of golf and would like to win this giveaway package, comment on The Points Guys Facebook wall with a golf related story of your own. Post your comment by 5pm ET on Sunday July 14th and the winner will be selected at random and announced via Facebook on Monday. End your comment with #TPGgiveaway
MasterCard Priceless Events
The Legends Academy I attended was one of seven Priceless Golf Experiences that MasterCard recently launched. MasterCard World and World Elite cardholders can find the experience that suits them and make a reservation through the concierge service at 1-888-963-7017 or fill out an online inquiry form to hear more about pricing and availability.
Chances are, you already have an eligible MasterCard in your wallet:
World: BarclayCard Arrival, US Airways (35,000 link- check the Terms & Conditions link at the top of the screen to confirm the 35,000 bonus before submitting), Lufthansa Miles & More, Carnival Card, Frontier Airlines, Best Western.
Among the other benefits they offer, these cards give you some great golf-centric perks…
Private Club Access: Premium cardholders and up to three of their guests can access and play at private TPCs (Tournament Players Clubs) across the country once each year at a special rate (the accompanied guest rate vs. the unaccompanied guest rate). In addition, premium cardholders will receive a personalized locker room welcome gift (e.g., engraved bag tag, logoed golf balls) on the first visit to each TPC and 20% savings on regularly priced merchandise (not including custom equipment) within the golf shops on purchases made with a MasterCard premium card.
Availability: Year Round – Locations: Select TPC Courses (see map below)
Course to Yourself: Premium cardholders will receive exclusive access to the first tee time available to the public for the specific program day at resort club courses, subject to availability.
Availability: Year Round – Locations: Select TPC Courses
VIP Resort: Premium cardholders will receive savings on green fees at resort and daily fee TPCs, as well as 20% savings on regularly priced merchandise (not including custom equipment) at TPC golf shops on purchases made with a MasterCard premium card in conjunction with the purchase of a round of golf on the day of play.
Availability: Year Round – Locations: Select TPC Courses (see map† below)
Member for a Day Series: All cardholders are invited to experience membership for a day at premier private TPC golf courses across the U.S. Players will be entered to win a PGA TOUR Player Experience at TPC Sawgrass for themselves and a guest. Courses include TPC Boston, TPC Southwind, and TPC River Highlands.
Availability: April – October on Select Dates See Chart below for pricing
Legends Academy: MasterCard Legends Academy: Cardholders can purchase a spot in a Priceless golf outing and learn from and interact with some of golf’s legends (exclusive clubs in NY & Chicago) and top PGA TOUR players.
Chicago: Course TBD – September 9th
PGA Tour Player Experience: Cardholders can take their golf vacations to new heights with special touches normally reserved for the pros – Round of golf on a championship course, personal locker in the PGA TOUR player locker room, breakfast in the same room where the PGA TOUR players and their families dine during tournament week, behind-the-scenes tour, personalized instruction in a reserved practice area, and exclusive access to championship courses nationwide at reduced rates.
Availability: Year Round Locations: TPC Boston – TPC San Antonio – TPC Deere Run – TPC Sawgrass – TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas – TPC Scottsdale – TPC Louisiana – TPC Southwind – The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier – TPC Summerlin – TPC River Highlands – TPC Stadium Course at PGA WEST
Priceless Cities Offers: Cardholders can experience the excitement of the PGA TOUR up close and personal by walking inside the ropes during competition (Honorary Observer promotion). They can experience the thrill of playing 18 holes with a PGA TOUR player (Pro-Am) or take advantage of hospitality tickets (Hospitality Tickets promotion) for a great vantage point for PGA TOUR action.
Stay tuned for more Priceless Events from MasterCard which should be announced in the coming weeks. Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.