The Masters might be over, but there’s still plenty of PGA Tour events left to attend this spring and summer, including three majors. With new events added this season and the tour heading out all over the US (and Canada and Northern Ireland), there’s sure to be something in your area. Never been to a PGA event? We’ve got some advice to let you know what to expect and how to prepare for your first ever professional golf event.
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How to Prepare
First off, you’ll be getting nearly as much exercise as the players at a PGA event. Unless you choose to post up at one hole in particular, you’ll follow around your favorite golfers or wander the course to see several holes. That means potentially walking miles. Wear comfortable shoes and cool, breathable clothing. But remember that these are country clubs and golf courses hosting the event, so you’ll also want to look smart. No jeans or cutoffs here. But you can feel free to wear your golf attire. Also, sunscreen and a hat will serve you well here. Be sure to check whether you’re allowed to bring in your bags, phone, etc. beforehand.
How to Watch
When you arrive, check the tee times of your favorite golfers and decide on your watching strategy. Grab a pamphlet from one of the many boxes – they’ll have a schedule to guide you as well as a map of the course to help you get around.
Many courses let you bring your own golf chair if you choose to set up at one particularly nice hole. But be sure to get out and see a bit of the course though! They’re immaculate, impressive, and way better than they look on TV!
Don’t forget to check out the food and drink options too. There will be beer and wine available and the food ranges from the traditional to the trendy. Remember to hydrate throughout the day!
Aside from the action happening on the course, you may also want to check out the practice areas as the golfers warm up, the fan zones with games and exhibits (particularly if you’re with kids), and of course, the merch shops. Snag a hat, golf shirt, or towel with championship or course branding as a souvenir.
This Isn’t a One-Day Affair
Most PGA Tour events take place from Thursday through Sunday. But in some cases, you’ll also be able to snag tickets to Monday through Wednesday’s practice rounds. While one day is enough for most people (other than die-hard golf fans, of course), choose wisely. Ticket prices fluctuate greatly depending on whether you get a tournament pass or a practice round ticket. Furthermore, tournaments are structured around 72 holes (or four days of 18 holes) of golf. After the first two days, there will usually be a cut. So if you’re going to a tour event just to see your favorite golfer, you may want to make sure you buy tickets to the earlier rounds… just in case he has an unlucky first few days. Then again, if you want to see the excitement of the championship round, Sunday is a must.
Many folks actually prefer attending practice rounds because, aside from The Masters, the crowds are usually smaller so you’ll be able to get closer to your favorite golfer. The ticket prices are not only easier on the wallet, but there may be more opportunities for autographs and photos (sometimes practice rounds are the only days you’ll be able to bring your camera). You’ll get to see the same course and see the same players, often with better views. Just remember, players are usually practicing at their own discretion so there may not be a schedule announced in advance.
Check out the rules for the 2018 PGA Championship to see some typical practice round guidelines.
Spring & Summer PGA Tour Events
May 23-26: Charles Schwab Challenge – Fort Worth, TX
May 30-Jun. 2: The Memorial Tournament – Dublin, OH
June 6-9: RBC Canadian Open – Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
June 13-16: U.S. Open – Pebble Beach, CA
June 20-23: Travelers Championship – Cromwell, CT
June 27-30: Rocket Mortgage Classic – Detroit, MI
July 4-7: 3M Open – Blaine, MN
July 11-14: John Deere Classic – Silvis, IL
July 18-21: The British Open – Portrush, Northern Ireland
July 18-21: Barbasol Championship – Nicholasville, KY
July 25-28: WGC – FedEx St. Jude Invitational – Memphis, TN
July 25-28: Reno-Tahoe Tournament – Reno, NV
Aug. 1-4: Wyndham Championship – Greensboro, NC
Aug. 8-11: The Northern Trust – Jersey City, NJ
Aug. 15-18: BMW Championship – Medinah, IL
Aug. 22-25: TOUR Championship – Atlanta, GA