2023 LPGA - Drive On Championship


We are excited to announce Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club 

will host the 2023 LPGA Drive On Championship 

March 23-26, 2023

Visit the LPGA Drive On Championship website here: https://www.lpga.com/tournaments/lpga-drive-on-championship/event-info

Updates from the Owners Association

The SMOA is working with the Golf Club to ensure the LPGA event is successful and safe. 

Updates from the Golf Club

These updates are being re-broadcast here so that all community members have access to pertinent information as we prepare for the LPGA Drive On Championship. They are listed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent news is on the top. Keep in mind that certain statements and opportunities are open only to Golf Club Members, and not to the community generally.

2023.3.12 - LPGA Update

The LPGA Drive On Tournament is getting close with practice rounds officially beginning Monday March 20th. There is a lot happening the week of the Tournament. We are not be able to answer every question right now, but we are gathering information every day and will be sending a daily email beginning next Saturday, March 18th, in the evening with the most up-to-date information for the following day. You will be able to consult the daily email to see what is happening and when all around the Club each day. Keep an eye out each evening for the email.  

Below are a few updates and some new information for you:

  • During the tournament week, if you are a Resident inside Superstition Mountain, your guest and contractor entry process remains the same. Your guests or vendors/contractors will be admitted through the gate in the normal process for the entire tournament week. If you are unsure as to how to have guests admitted to come to your home, please contact the Gatehouse for information.
  • There is no parking available at the Clubhouse beginning Sunday March 19th. If you have guests coming for the tournament, please have them proceed to your home for parking.
  • Please drive carefully through the community during the tournament. Players and caddies will be crossing roads in the community from about 7:45am until about 6:00pm in seven different places. These players and caddies will be walking. Please drive safely, slowly, and be vigilant as we will have a lot of pedestrians in the community.
  • Admissions gate will open beginning Thursday morning when tickets are required to attend the tournament. Once we have the time gates open and close, we will add it to the daily tournament email each evening.
2023.2.21 - LPGA Update

We are four weeks out from hosting the 2023 LPGA Drive On Championship. I know that you have a lot of questions about the event itself and what the Club will be like during the tournament week. You also want to know what is available for you during the event. This email puts together a picture of the tournament week for you. As the host facility we have been afforded some good opportunities for our Members to have a wonderful and enjoyable week. Below is a timeline of the weeks leading up to and detail of the tournament week activities. 

  • Beginning on Monday March 12th , buildout on the Prospector course for tournament facilities will begin. Prospector will be open for Member play during the buildout. 
  • Extra Security for the Tournament will be provided by Pro Am, the same company that provides security for the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Pinal County Sheriff’s office will have officers on property. 
  • Public Spectator parking for Thursday through Sunday will be located at Apache Junction High School. Public spectators will be bussed to the north end of the Driving Range. The tournament is only open to the public on Thursday through Sunday. No Spectators will be permitted into the community, but Members and their invited guests are welcome to enjoy watching practice and Pro Am day.

How the Tournament Week Looks:

    Sunday, March 19 - 
    • A television match will be filmed on Prospector. The show is titled “Mother’s Day for a Cause” and will feature Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Cheyenne Woods, and Blair O’Neal playing in a made-for-TV nine hole match that will be aired on the Golf Channel on Mother’s Day in May. Play will be on Prospector, and is scheduled to begin around 12:30 or 1:00. Members are invited to spectate during this fun match. This is the LPGA “Celebrating Mothers on Tour”. You may be required to sign a waiver as you will likely be filmed during the match.Also on Sunday will be practice rounds for the 48 LPGA players trying to qualify for two spots in the tournament on Monday Morning.  

Monday, March 20 - 
    • LPGA qualifier on Prospector starting on Holes #1 and #10 at approximately 8:00am with 48 players vying for 2 spots in the Drive On Championship. No Spectators will be permitted into the community but Members and their invited guests are welcome to enjoy watching both the qualifier play and the practice day

    Tuesday, March 21-
    • Practice day for the players begins at 7:00amNo Spectators will be permitted into the community, but Members and their invited guests are welcome to enjoy watching the practice day

    Wednesday, March 22-
    • Pro-Am on the Prospector course with play beginning on Holes #1 and #10 beginning at 9:00amLimited Spectators will be permitted into the community. Amateur participants in the Pro Am are permitted to invite a limited number of guests to join them. Members and their invited guests are welcome to enjoy watching the Pro Am and the practice day

    Thursday, March 23 -
    • Tournament starting times will begin on Holes #1 and #10. First wave of players will be from 7:30 to 9:30am and the afternoon wave will be from 12:00 to 2:00pm. Please see the pairings for exact times as these may be adjusted by the tournament. 
    Friday, March 26
    • Tournament starting times will begin on Holes #1 and #10. First wave of players will be from 7:30 to 9:30am and the afternoon wave will be from 12:00 to 2:00pm. Please see the pairings for exact times as these may be adjusted by the tournament.  
    Saturday, March 25
    • Tournament field is cut to the low 70 scores and ties for Saturday.Starting times will begin on Hole #1 at 8:10am in twosomes with last players starting at about 2:00pm
    Sunday, March 26-
    • Starting times will begin on Hole #1 at 8:10am in twosomes with last players starting at about 2:00pm
    • This is the final day of the tournament and all outside spectators should be off property by sundown.
This is a lot of information, and there may be changes as we get closer to the Tournament. The most current information will be posted and updated regularly on the Member side of the website for future reference.

2023.2.3 - LPGA Update

LPGA Drive On Championship Update: We are working with the LPGA to finalize the logistics of the Drive On Championship we are hosting March 20th through 26th.

  • We are still working on finalizing spectator parking and traffic control. We have had questions on spectators driving into the community. I can assure you all that no spectator traffic will be permitted on property. All spectators will be parked remotely and bussed to a drop-off point inside the gates. Members, residents, and residents’ guests and contractors will have use of the gate for entering and leaving the property as normal.The only additional traffic into the community is planned for players, caddies, media and LPGA credentialed officials. Once we have the final traffic planning complete, we will be meeting with the HOA and the Gatehouse to be sure we are all on the same page. The safety and security of our community is paramount in our planning. 
  • Spectators are not permitted in the gates on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday the week of the event. Wednesday is the Pro-am tournament, and Pro-am players will be permitted a limited number of guests. Only members and residents will be allowed on Club property on Monday through Wednesday. 
  • Prospector course will close on Sunday March 19 th for preparations for the event and reopen on Monday, March 27th for member play. We will have Lost Gold open for the entire tournament week with some limited cart availability. Matt Brooks will be reaching out with information on starting times and check-in process for the week as we get closer. 
  • The Clubhouse will be closed for member access beginning Sunday, March 19 th through Sunday March 26th . This includes Locker Rooms and Dining Rooms. The Golf Shop will be the only area inside the Clubhouse open to members and spectators. All other areas of the Clubhouse will be inaccessible to members. There will be a Member Hospitality area located in the patio area of the Clubhouse hosted by the Club for the week. You will need your tournament credentials to access the Member hospitality area. Guest use of Member Hospitality may be restricted depending on use. Our goal is to provide you and your accompanied guests a place that is all your own. We will get details to you on the Hospitality area as soon as plans are finalized. We are also planning some member activities for the tournament week. Stay tuned!
Please watch for future In the Loop messages for more information as we get closer to the event. 
2022.12.14 - LPGA Update

There is not a lot of substantive news to share, but I do want to address a few questions and comments that I and other staff have had in the past few weeks: 
  • The LPGA Drive On Tournament week will run March 20-26 (Monday through Sunday). Competition days are Thursday through Sunday, March 23-26. 
  • The tournament will be held on the Prospector golf course. 
  • Lost Gold will remain open for member play during the entire tournament week. Logistics on starting times, carts and other details are still to be worked out. 
  • Prospector will be closed to member play beginning Sunday March 19th and reopen on Monday March 27th , unless the tournament has to run an additional day due to weather. 
  • Prospector will be carts on cart path only beginning on Monday, March 6th. 
  • Information on player housing and volunteer opportunities will be emailed to you before Christmas. Members of Superstition Mountain will have an opportunity to sign up prior to the general public for the volunteer positions. This information will be emailed to you by the Club, so please keep your eyes open for tournament information emails.
  • We do not yet have ticket information, aside from each member will receive 2 tickets for the tournament week 
  • The Club will have a member hospitality and dining area during the tournament week. Information on this will be emailed to the membership. 
  • Information on Pro-Am participation is not yet available; the Club will email Pro-Am information to the membership as soon it becomes available.   
  • If you are interested in tournament sponsorship opportunities, please contact me and I will be sure you are in contact with the LPGA.  
  • The Clubhouse will be closed beginning Sunday, March 19th and reopen for member access the day following the final round of competition.