To celebrate the tournament's fifth year in Boca, the tournament has big plans for its week-long run that starts Feb. 7. For the second consecutive year, the Allianz will not charge an admission fee; last year, more than 80,000 fans attended the event (won by Boca resident Bernhard Langer), a record number at the Old Course and largely due to the free tickets.
Prior to the main event, the tournament is staging a first-ever Executive Women's Pro-Am, presented by Lilly Pulitzer, on Feb. 8. Ladies will have an opportunity to play nine holes with a PGA Champions Tour player as well as enjoy lunch and a gift package from Lilly Pulitzer.
Also, the Allianz is launching a Birdies Fore Charities program with local nonprofits, an idea that has been very successful at other golf tournaments. The idea is that people pledge 2 cents or more for every birdie made, with the total amount going to that charity. The person who guesses the correct number of birdies for the tournament wins a 50-inch Toshiba flat-screen TV.
For more information on this year's event, check out allianzchampionship.com.