Saucier, Mississippi (December 1, 2021) – Grand Bear Golf Club in Saucier, Miss. will host the PGA TOUR Champions Rapiscan Systems Classic March 28 – April 3, 2022. The PGA TOUR Champions return to Mississippi following a two-year absence due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and marks the first time that Grand Bear Golf Club will host the tournament.
A VICI Golf Property, Grand Bear Golf Club is an 18-hole, par 72 golf course designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus and rated as one of Mississippi’s top public courses in Golfweek’s 2021 “Best Courses You Can Play, State-by-State” ranking. Grand Bear is located on the outskirts of the DeSoto National Forest, stretching 7,204 yards from its championship tees and is surrounded by towering pines as it winds its way through natural cypress wetlands along the Little Biloxi and Big Biloxi Rivers.
“The team at Grand Bear cannot wait to welcome the best golfers on the PGA TOUR Champions to our beautiful facility next March,” said Jeff Krohn, Vice President of Golf Operations for VICI Golf. “We are confident our course will provide a firm test for the professionals while also creating a memorable tournament week for our members and the Coast community.”
A field of 78 of the top PGA TOUR Champions players will compete in the 54-hole tournament. PGA TOUR Champions golfers eligible to play in the 2022 Rapiscan Systems Classic include Bernhard Langer, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Collin Montgomerie and Jerry Kelly. Player commitments will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event.
“We are proud to continue our title sponsorship with the PGA TOUR Champions and can’t wait to be back in Coastal Mississippi in March 2022,” said Ajay Mehra, President, Rapiscan Systems Cargo & Solutions Group, which is part of OSI Systems, Inc. “The Rapiscan Systems Classic is a wonderful showcase for our company to gather our partners and clients for an exciting week to enjoy great golf, host thought-provoking industry seminars, and of course, continue our record-breaking charitable support.”
Rapiscan will be hosting the Accelerate Secure Trade, Transport & Events Summit during tournament week where discussions on integrated inspection with the latest technology will be taking place around Coastal Mississippi. The Rapiscan Systems Classic generates over 1,000 hotel room nights every year, with spectators and volunteers traveling to Coastal Mississippi from more than 15 states and Canada to attend the event.
About VICI Golf and VICI Properties
VICI Golf owns four championship golf courses: Cascata in Boulder City, Nev.; Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev.; Chariot Run Golf Club in Laconia, Ind.; Grand Bear Golf Club in Saucier, Miss. VICI Golf is owned by VICI Properties Inc. (“VICI”), an experiential real estate investment trust that owns one of the largest portfolios of market-leading gaming, hospitality and entertainment destinations, including the world-renowned Caesars Palace. VICI’s national, geographically diverse portfolio consists of 28 gaming facilities comprising over 47 million square feet and features approximately 17,800 hotel rooms and more than 200 restaurants, bars, nightclubs and sportsbooks. Its properties are leased to industry leading gaming and hospitality operators, including Caesars Entertainment, Inc., Century Casinos, Inc., the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Hard Rock International Inc., JACK Entertainment LLC and Penn National Gaming, Inc. VICI also has an investment in the Chelsea Piers, New York facility and owns 34 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip. For additional information, please visit www.viciproperties.com.
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EVP, Chief Financial Officer
Vice President, Finance
Jeff S. Krohn, PGA
Vice President of Golf Operations – VICI Golf