My husband is grumbling because I am traveling again. He will miss me, yes, but what he is really going to miss is The Players Tournament, a kind of mecca for him as a golf fanatic. It’s like rubbing salt into a wound.
I am headed to TPC Sawgrass for the coveted Players Tournament to cover the PGA Tour Wives Association who will play nine holes for charity with their famous golfing husbands caddying for them on the course. I have attended Sybase, an LPGA tournament, to interview the mom players but I have not ventured out onto the course. These tips were sent to me to help me get the most out of my time there.
(1) Catch a glimpse of your favorite player. Find out when / where that player tees off (will be announced before tournament play) and track him in-person. If you like the celeb players, follow the crowds.
(2) Set up camp at your favorite hole (the 17th-hole, aka the Island Green is very popular at TPC Sawgrass) and wait for the players to come to you.
(3) Ask event staff for help. Autograph access at each tournament is different. Referring to the tournament guide for tips on where to catch your favorite players can help but event staff knowledge is also valuable, especially for those families with younger children.
(4) Show up early. Pre-tournament events and practice rounds are generally your best bet in terms of autograph hunting.
(5) Know where you are going. Technology is Your Friend. Virtually tour the stadium course. This can help determine the best vantage points, rest areas and dining stops.
(6) Get Social. Check website and social channels to find out more about special social and mobile offerings.
(7) Look for entertainment. Onsite fan activities can also be helpful for families, especially those with little ones. Look into some of what the tournament has to offer ahead of time – namely for that midday – late afternoon stretch when the young ones become a little restless and parents are looking for a chance to take a break in the shade.
(8) Find the Zones. Some tournaments offer a kids zone. THE PLAYERS provides a family-friendly, public venue – The McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation Kid Zone – with fun and games and a videoboard to keep up with all the tournament action.
(9) Stay hydrated. Be sure to remain hydrated and eat well throughout the day.
Hi-Res photo credits: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR