7 Reasons to Attend the Kia Classic LPGA Tournament
It's a fun and inspiring day out in sunshine for the entire family
I attended my first golf tournament last week in partnership with Kia and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The Kia Classic showcases 144 of the best LPGA players who compete for a prize of $1.7 million at the stunning Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad.
The spectacular course sports lagoon views and a location in front of Park Hyatt Aviara and Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara—two of my favorite San Diego hotels. Bright blue skies and pleasant 70-degree weather also made it absolutely the perfect day to spend outside.
Now that I’ve been, I can tell you why you should consider going, too (in no particular order).
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1. Beautiful Venue
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this July, Aviara Golf Club has been named by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as one of the top resort golf courses in America, and the #1 golf resort in San Diego by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Aviara Golf Club’s championship Arnold Palmer 18-hole and par-72 coastal layout course stretches 7,007 yards and is uniquely sculpted through rolling hillsides, native wildflowers, and picturesque ponds. It’s hard to feel stressed out here.
2. Contagious Enthusiasm
Watching golf tournaments on television (as I have many, many times throughout my life), does not accurately convey the enthusiasm of the crowd. Sure, you can see group cheering onscreen, but the facial expressions and awe observed in person gave me a new appreciation for the sport. People love golf. And, I loved watching so many enthusiasts focus so intently on each player’s movements.
3. Family-Friendly Fun
In all honesty, it never occurred to me to bring my daughter to a golf tournament. I grew up playing golf and have been trying to convince my daughter to try it without success. This is a perfect chance to showcase how it’s done by the world’s best and hopefully pique interest in a sport one can enjoy for basically a lifetime.
I saw a number of father-daughter pairs, mother-son duos and entire families engrossed in the sport (it’s spring break for some schools already). Some kids were clearly golf enthusiasts and decked out in their best gear. Others toddled down small grassy hills, just happy to be out mom and/or dad, and likely inspired by these amazing women athletes even if they’re a bit too young to realize it yet.
4. Outdoor Fun
March typically means fantastic weather in San Diego. It felt awesome to be outside in warm, but never blazing hot, sunshine surrounded by swaying palm trees and a beautifully manicured golf course. I might also argue that following players along the course is fantastic exercise so skip the gym and put on the Fitbit to log some serious steps.
It’s worth noting that extensive walking is not mandatory to enjoy the tournament. Many people parked at a hole and watched multiple golfers play through.
5. You’ll Unplug at the Kia Classic
Cameras and tablets are not permitted inside the tournament and phones need to be silenced. I had media credentials to document my morning but it’s refreshing that you can’t snap photos, take phone calls (outside of the main areas) and yield to other distractions brought on by digital devices. Your full attention will and should be on the players in action. Plus, I’ve been reading so many studies about how your brain actually needs to unplug. Why not try it here?
I haven’t golfed much as an adult which is a shame because I really enjoy it. Watching the ladies on the course made me want to pick it back up. Attendees were also diligently observing swings, caddy advice and then some probably in efforts to correct their own technique.
7. Cool Cars
Many, many people took advantage of the opportunity to sit in a variety of different KIA cars and learn more about them. The K900 here is their rear-drive luxury sedan. But we also took a glance at their Soul EV electric car which goes 90 miles on a charge!
Put the Kia Classic on your weekend to-do list. Have you been?
*This post is written in partnership with Kia.