Apple Pay has already invaded MLB stadiums and NBA games, but next up on the list of major sports to accept Apple’s contactless payments system will be golfers.
The city of Phoenix is gearing up to host the Super Bowl this week, but the PGA is hoping to steal a little thunder with the revelation this morning that Apple Pay will make its first ever debut on the golf course at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open this week.
Starting on Thursday, golf fans can watch Tiger Woods tee off at the 16th hole while using their iPhone 6 or 6 Plus to pay for food and beverages at concession stands at TPC Scottsdale. The PGA says its teamed up with MasterCard to offer Apple Pay users “Priceless Surprises” throughout the week too.
The Waste Management Open is one of Phoenix’s largest annual attractions, bringing in thousands of spectators. PGA Tour Senior Vice President Rob Ohno said “it only makes sense that this is the venue where we introduce this simple and secure mobile payment technology that will further enhance the spectator experience.”
This will be the first PGA Tour stop to accept Apple Pay when it debuts for fans attending the tournament later this week. Unfortunately, Apple Pay will only be available at select concessions stands near the 16th hole. The PGA partnered with Prom Management Group which caters 38 pro golfing events and plans to integrate Apple Pay more throughout the 2015 season.