WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The 2017 Wells Fargo Championship will be played at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington.
The announcement came as part of a Tuesday morning teleconference at which time it was also announced the Wells Fargo Championship would remain in Charlotte through the 2019 season.
"We are so appreciative to have the opportunity to work with the Wells Fargo team," Bobby Long, Eagle Point Golf Club President, said. "We're so fortunate to have the opportunity to showcase Wilmington, NC to the world and bottom line – we're going to knock it out of the park."
The one-year move to Wilmington comes as Quail Hollow Club, the host site for the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, will host the 2017 PGA Championship and cannot host another event that same season.
"Over 940 million households will be watching Wilmington, North Carolina, that week in 2017 and over 200 countries," Long said.
Eagle Point was ranked 67th on the Golf Digest "Top 100" list for the 2013-14 season and third overall in the state of North Carolina.
2017 will mark the first time a PGA Tour event has been played in Wilmington since the Azalea Open was held at Cape Fear Country Club in 1971.
"When I was 8 years old, I attended my first professional golf tourney in Wilmington, NC with my grandfather," PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said. "I got to see Arnold Palmer for the first time live. I'm doubly excited and look forward to being there in 2017."
The Wells Fargo Championship annually draws one of the best fields in golf and is the final tune-up for the Players Championship.
"We have this broadcast to 200 plus countries. We get the chance to showcase Wilmington to the whole world," Long said. "To have that kind of exposure is priceless. I don't know you can put a value on it, other than to say it's extreme."
Annually played during the first week of May, the 2017 Tournament dates would be May 4-7 of 2017.
Event organizers say no significant changes will need to be made to the course to fit PGA tour standards, but the same cannot be said about parking in the area.
Officials say they are not yet ready to discuss plans to add parking, but they say it will be a part of the planning process.
Local law enforcement officials will also have to make plans ahead of the event.
"If there are special needs, which I'm sure there will be, we'll probably work something similar to what we do with the movie studios, with contract," New Hanover Co. Sheriff Ed McMahon said. "Anything like this brings so much positive to the community. We're going to be here to do anything we can, and any kind of assistance, we're going to be right here for them."
Event organizers estimate a minimum of $30 million will be brought to the local economy through this event. Officials also project millions of dollars in charitable donations will be given to local and regional charities.
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