By Collin Kelley

When the PGA TOUR Championship returns to East Lake Golf Club from Sept. 22 to 25, social media will be a driving force for fans and the community.

The Social Media Fan Zone will be located in the Short Range Area at East Lake and fans can gain access by becoming a follower of the TOUR Championship on Twitter (@playofffinale), Facebook ( and Tumblr ( Social media will be used throughout the tournament to announce ways for the fans to interact, win prizes and more.

TOUR executive director Todd Rhinehart said fans would Tournament will be permitted to bring their cell phones into the tournament this year, albeit with some restrictions.

“We heard from fans who said they were feeling disconnected because of no social media access,” Rhinehart said. “We’re encouraging fans to join our social circle and interact.”

Phones will be required to be on silent at all times and calls will be restricted to “Mobile Talk Locations” around the course. No video recording will be allowed and no photography during official competition rounds.

Rinehart said there were other notable events happening as part of The TOUR:

  • Operation Shower will host a baby shower, sponsored by Carousel Designs with partners Layla Grace and Radio Flyer, for military moms-to-be from Fort Benning and Fort Gordon on Wednesday Sept. 21, in the Patriots’ Outpost presented by Kipper Tool. These are wives of military who have either been deployed or injured. Chick-fil-A will be providing food and Radio Flyer will be donating a red wagon for each expectant mother along with the “shower in a box” that each mom will take home. Operation Shower is a non-profit organization that provides baby showers for military families to ease the burden of deployment.

  • Military Appreciation Day will be held Thursday, Sept. 22, with a special military appreciation ceremony hosted on the first tee one hour prior to the first tee time. Throughout tournament week, all active duty, Reserve and retired military personnel and their dependents can get into the tournament free of charge with a valid military ID. Military personnel and their families will also have access to the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost presented by Kipper Tool, which offers complimentary food, beverages and activities as well as great views of the 16th green. For more information and to obtain military tickets, visit
  • Youth 18 and younger will be admitted free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult courtesy of Southern Company. There is a limit of four children per adult. Tickets for adults are only $40.

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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