It’s the mother of all pop-ups, which is only fitting for one of golf’s biggest events. The Ryder Cup Shops, opening Friday at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, is the largest ever for a Ryder Cup event, says senior director of merchandising Michael Quirk. That's 49,000 square feet of merchandise and more than a half million items for sale. It’s the best place for people without tickets to get a taste of the action (here are a few other ideas)—the shop will be open to the public Friday-Monday, before the golfers tee off on Tuesday and access will be limited to ticketed visitors. Even if you’re not a big golf fan, or a big shopper—it’s neat to soak up the energy of one of the more prestigious global sporting events, and experience the mammoth scale of it all.
During the tournament next week, the Ryder Cup Shop expects to sell 25 hats per minute—110,000 in all, Quirk says. The Ryder Cup will draw 250,000 people throughout the week, and just about all of them will want a souvenir. That adds up to 50,000 golf balls, 20,000 flags, and 25,000 golf towels. The check out area in the back of the tented shop resembles a queue at Disney World.
For the first time ever, the official Team USA Polo Ralph Lauren shirts and pants are available for sale. There’s gear from Nike, Addidas, Vineyard Vines, Cutter & Buck and other popular brands—almost all of it emblazoned with a Ryder Cup logo. As a nod to its host city, there are even Ryder Cup hockey jerseys this year, and a collaboration with Faribault Woolen Mill Co., which includes scarves and tote bags.
The Ryder Cup's online store features only about 5 percent of what's available at Hazeltine.
The shop will be open this Friday-Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s adjacent to the main entry gate on the south side of the facility. No tickets or credentials required this weekend—just bring a credit card. Another advantage of visiting before the tournament opens: parking is complimentary and onsite in Lot C, located directly across from Chaska High School.
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