Carlsbad’s Aviara to host Kia Classic March 23-29

Michelle Wie will play in the Kia Classic on March 23-29. Courtesy photo
Michelle Wie will play in the Kia Classic on March 23-29. Courtesy photo

The LPGA’s Kia Classic is returning to the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad for its sixth year from March 23-29. This year’s tournament will feature a field of 144 players, competing for a purse of $1.7 million. The winner will take home $255,000.

In 2014, Anna Nordqvist of Sweden claimed her fourth LPGA Tour victory at the Kia Classic after carding a 5-under-67 in the final round. Nordqvist started two shots off the lead on Sunday and finished with six birdies and a bogey on the Par 5 17th hole to edge out American Lisette Salas by one shot.

In 2015, Nordqvist will return to defend her 2014 title in a field that includes popular LPGA golfers such as Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson.

The only San Diego course designed by Arnold Palmer, the challenging Aviara course overlooks the Batiquitos Lagoon ecological reserve and has a par-72 coastal layout that stretches 7,007 yards.

Prices for daily grounds passes are $15 for Wednesday’s pro-am day and $20 per day for the competition rounds. Weekly grounds passes are $40. Children 17 and under receive free admission to the Kia Classic when accompanied by a paid adult.

Guests can opt to enjoy the tournament from the 18th green at the Harrah’s Resort SoCal Lounge. The $75 admission includes free beverages, an upgraded pay-as-you-go food menu and access to the 18th green skybox, clubhouse and tournament grounds.

The gates open for competition rounds at 7 a.m. and the tournament will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel. For tickets or information, visit