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PGA: Companies pushing misleading hospitality packages

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hospitality packages for next year's PGA Championship are already being offered.  But buyers should beware: some companies are pushing misleading packages.

The PGA Championship will be held at Valhalla next year, and hospitality packages won't go on sale for another several weeks.  However, that hasn't stopped an independent company from reaching out to golf fans.

"Right now we haven't sold any tickets to the public," says Brett Sterba, Championship Director 2014 PGA Championship.  "So I don't know how these groups are already getting tickets that they've sold to the community right now."

Sterba says someone is pushing bogus PGA Hospitality Packages to local golf fans.  Sterba says those independent companies are contacting people by phone and aggressively pushing the packages.  He says a few simple questions will get to the bottom of things:  "Where your hospitality is at, what type of tickets are actually involved, where's my tent going to be?"

Only PGA of American representatives can sell hospitality packages.  Sterba says, "You want to make sure you're buying from a PGA of America representative and there's only two of us here at Valhalla."

Otherwise, you could end up a long way from the course.  "There are a lot of people out there that are trying to sell tickets that might look legitimate that are not legitimate," says Reanna Smith-Hamblin, Vice President of Communications with the Better Business Bureau.

Smith-Hamblin says these kinds of offers are not unusual surrounding major events like the PGA.  "As a consumer you really need to do your homework to make sure that it's the ticket that you want."

Some of the biggest names in golf including Tiger and Phil have played in previous PGA tournaments at Valhalla.  Sterba says, "Previous two PGA Championships sold out so there's been a lot of anticipation."

That's why PGA officials want to make sure that anticipation doesn't cause fans to jump the gun.  "The ticket procedure is very unique where people have to go online and register in order to even get in line for tickets because of the success for '96 and 2000," says Sterba.

To get tickets for the PGA Championship you have to go online and register at http://www.pga.com/pgachampionship/2014.  The tickets officially go on sale on August 12.

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