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June 20, 2014

PGA Tour Grill Now in Play at Honolulu International Airport

HMSHost and PGA TOUR open second airport location

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HONOLULU, HI—Traveling golfers and fans of great food headed to Hawaii might be tempted to put their hands together for a round of applause, similar to what’s seen from dedicated fans on the PGA TOUR. Why? Well, seeing Honolulu International Airport’s new PGA TOUR Grill and tasting the food will conjure feelings of relief and excitement – like when your favorite pro golfer sinks a winning birdie putt. This is the second PGA TOUR Grill opened by global restaurateurHMSHost with partner PGA TOUR. “Eat Smarter, Play Harder” is the motto of the PGA TOUR Grill, and to that a guest might add “travel better”, because PGA TOUR Grill in the airport is focused on providing delicious and healthy dishes for active people on the go.

“We are so excited about providing this modern, yet elegant clubhouse-style restaurant for Honolulu travelers to relax and enjoy a healthy meal,” said Anthony Alessi, Vice President of Business Development at HMSHost. “The PGA TOUR has been an outstanding partner and we are very much looking forward to a strong future together.”

Located at the airport’s Central Concourse Terminal near Gate 14, PGA TOUR Grill opened for service on Friday, June, 13th.With golf memorabilia on display, and flat-screen TVs showing live tournament action inside and outside of the restaurant, PGA TOUR Grill provides a relaxed dining experience suitable for the nicest golf courses.

“We are very pleased that the opening of the second PGA TOUR Grill is taking place at the Honolulu International Airport,” said Tim Hawes, SVP of Retail Licensing for the PGA TOUR. “The PGA TOUR, in partnership with the Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc. and Sony Corporation has a long tradition of excellence in Honolulu with the Sony Open in Hawaii and we are honored to have this fine restaurant join the fabric of this area’s tremendous golf heritage. With our partners at HMSHost, we look forward to serving the travelers in this airport for many years to come.”

The PGA TOUR Grill’s menu was created with an emphasis on incorporating healthy ingredients like quinoa, beans, arugula, and pomegranate into all of the dishes. This gives travelers seeking wholesome food an easy choice when selecting where to eat. For example, signature oven roasted flatbread variations include options like Habanero BBQ Shrimp, Veggie, Margherita, and Berry & Chicken. Hungrier appetites can indulge in unique clubhouse creations such as the Power Burger (turkey burger), or the ½ pound Punahele Burger topped with melted Muenster cheese, crispy onions, baby arugula, red onion jam, and garlic aioli.

Hawaiian-inspired dishes are also infused into the menu so travelers will know for a fact that they are in Hawaii. Some of these distinct regional dishes are the Waialae, a Kalua pork with crunchy tropical slaw, crispy onions, and Hawaiian sweet bread; and the Kapolei, a sweet and spicy BBQ chicken sandwich with provolone, and grilled pineapple on a toasted sesame bun.

PGA TOUR Grill also offers many specialty cocktails like the GREY GOOSE 19th Hole, and the Hangar one Chipotle Mary. On tap, travelers can choose from Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Shock Top White, Goose Island IPA, and the big island’s own Kona Longboard and Kona Seasonal.

HMSHost and PGA TOUR opened the first PGA TOUR Grill at San Diego International Airport earlier this month.

ABOUT PGA TOUR

The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.

The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2013, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $134 million for local and national charitable organizations and in early 2014 the TOUR’s all-time charitable contributions surpassed $2 billion.

The PGA TOUR’s web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

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