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American Express: With no spectators, PGA West homeowners have best seat in the house

When the golf course is your backyard, life is good. That's the case for many homeowners at PGA West in La Quinta this weekend.

The American Express announced in November that there would be no ticketed spectators at this year's tournament due to state and county health guidelines regarding the coronavirus.

That means the only people who are able to watch the action live are those who live right on the golf course.

Last year’s event featured sold out crowds and concerts… this year, it’s quite the opposite.

“There is not the vibe that there was last year. It was much more exciting last year,” said Linda Wilkie a homeowner at PGA West.

Because of the ongoing pandemic, there are no ticketed spectators. Key word… ticketed… For those who live on the golf course at PGA West, they’ve got the best seat in the house… watching the action from their backyards… 

“I just got to see Phil, so that in and of itself was worth it!” Wilkie said.

“It’s certainly a different year, that’s for sure. But at the same time, I can’t complain. It’s definitely first class seats for us to an amazing experience,” said Sia Charonis, a homeowner at PGA West.

“I feel a little selfish since there isn’t a big gallery for everybody else, but of course, it’s amazing!” said Elizabeth Bierly, a resident at PGA West.

Their views are better without the packed gallery, but these homeowners say they wish others could be out here too.

“I think we’re just proud to be here and watch these amazing golfers and the more the merrier really,” Bierly said.

“I think, for me personally, I’m over COVID, I’m over not having people around. I like the energy. I’m hoping for a very different second half of 2021,” said Wilkie.

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Taylor Begley

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