This is the second year for the Downtown Open, a downtown golf tournament/bar crawl that uses Kansas City landmarks as holes. Naturally people are asking a lot of questions. Even if you gave it a swing last year, there are several upgrades since then. We partnered with the event organizers at KC Crew to help answer them for you.
Tickets are available here for $20.
"What is an urban golf pub crawl?"
It’s exactly like regular golf except different. Instead of grass, the course is made up of Kansas City landmarks and downtown bars. Then instead of real golf balls, you use foam balls (to avoid destruction of the city and its people).
"Will there be drinks involved?"
Of course. It’s a pub crawl. Each bar will have specials, including some from the event sponsor, Tito's Handmade Vodka and Cinder Block Brewery.
"Do we have to walk everywhere, or do we get to drive golf carts?"
Nobody should be driving anything. Everyone will share the same golf cart: the KC Streetcar.
"Is it going to be like the one they did last year?"
Yep, but with more locations, bigger prizes and shorter waits. Plus, KC Crew teamed up with local architects and construction companies this year to build the chip & putt stops, so this course is true display of KC ingenuity.
"What do we get if we win?”
Life isn’t always about winning. But, there will of course be prizes for best score, best outfits, longest putt, longest drive, and more. And new this year, there will be a drawing to win a trip to, of all places, Cuba. Yep. KC’s own CREWcation is giving away a trip to Cuba. Everyone who makes it back to Washington Square for the after-party is entered to win. Buena suerte, niños.
"Do we have to go to the after party?”
This is America, so you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. (Unless you want to win any of the prizes or go to Cuba. Then yes, you’ll need to make it to the after party.)
"Do we need to bring our own clubs or balls?"
Definitely not. Balls and clubs are provided by Callaway, who is sponsoring the event. They even have clubs for you lefties out there.
“Lines were a little long last year. Am I going to have to go through that again?"
No. The team made improvements this year. Each location will now have multiple putting holes, which should fix those lines.
"My friend/S.O. has never played golf before and is ashamed to swing a club in public. Should he/she stay home?”
There’s actually more shame in staying home. Plus, they’ll feel right at home at the Downtown Open – most participants last year were pretty awful at golf, tbh.
“I have tickets to Garth Brooks that night. I probably can’t do both, right?”
You've got plenty of time. The after-party starts at 5pm, so you can get an early dose of live music and fuel up at the food trucks before you show yourself to the door. Sprint Center is an easy KC Streetcar trip from The Clubhouse (i.e. Washington Square Park).
"What should we wear?”
You be you. Or you can always check out last year’s pictures for inspiration.
“Are there tickets left?”
Yes, but they did sell out last year, so you’ll want to grab them quickly. And prices increase Monday. You can get them here for $20.