The Evian Masters, in Evian-les-Bains, which will take place July 25 to 29, started in 1994 and became part of the LPGA in 2000. Always considered a premier tournament, just behind the US Open, the Evian Masters offers a $3 million purse and is one of the ten winner events of the LPGA 2007 Playoffs.
The tournament will kick off this year with the first Evian Masters Juniors Cup. Players under age 14 from 12 countries will compete in the two-day event July 23-24. The Official Rolex Pro Am is scheduled for July 25, and the Evian Masters will tee-off on July 26 with the finals on July 29.
There are many activities surrounding the tournament. The Swinch and the Fifteen golf exhibits invite the public to visit their booths and see the latest in the world of golf including clothing and accessories by Lacoste and the Evian Masters pro shop.
Covering a vast 150 acres of wooded parkland, the 18-hole Evian Masters Golf Club course (6283 yards, par 72) is both technically challenging and visually breathtaking with views of Lake Geneva and the nearby Alpine peaks. Its well-defended greens and narrow fairways provide a challenge for the leisure player as well as the champion golfer.
Evian Masters schedule:
Monday â€” Tuesday, July 23-24: Evian Masters Juniors Cup
Wednesday, July 25 â€” Official Rolex Pro Am
Thursday, July 26 â€” Evian Masters first round
Friday, July 27 â€” second round
Saturday, July 28 â€” third round
Sunday, July 29 â€” Evian Masters Final
The Evian Masters Golf Club is 45 minutes from Geneva. The closest airport is the Geneva International airport and there are several daily connections via the TGV from Paris. By boat from Lausanne: 35 minutes. Helicopters can land next to the Evian Royal Palace. Shuttles are available for transportation from town and to and from parking lots.
Costs per day:
July 25: Free entrance for Official Rolex Pro Am
July 26-27: 10â‚¬
July 28: 12â‚¬
July 29: 15â‚¬
4-day pass: 35â‚¬
Weekend pass: 20â‚¬
under 18 years: free entrance
For more information: www.evianmasters.com