Spectator tips for golf fans and fun-lovers alike
PALM HARBOR — The Tampa Bay Championship is bringing many of the world’s top golfers to Tampa Bay, and no other major sport gives attendees the opportunity to get as close to the action as PGA TOUR golf. Plus, there is an expanse of other activities on-site for casual fans and fun-lovers. Here are some tips to enjoy the experience:
Basic info: Official tournament play begins Thursday and concludes Sunday; 156 players play 18 holes per day on Thursday and Friday. There is a cut to 70 players (plus ties) for the weekend rounds. Players have morning and afternoon tee times, starting at the 1st or 10th tee on Thursday and Friday. Find players’ tee times in the free Pairings Guide at the tournament. (Monday through Wednesday includes professional practice rounds and two Pro-Am events).
Site activities: Pinch A Penny Military Appreciation Tent; Bright House Network Sports Pavilion, including March Madness viewing; Hooters Owl’s Nest; Tampa Bay Times Fan Zone; Geico Golf Experience; Golf Channel Swing Fix Powered by Fidelity; more.
Attire: Comfortable clothes, walking shoes, protective lenses, and sunscreen (look for complimentary sunscreen stations sponsored by Moffitt Cancer Center around the course).
Shuttles: Buses between Lot #2 (St. Pete College) and the Copperhead Clubhouse run throughout the day.
Seating: Bleachers open to the public are available at the 1st tee and 4th, 9th, 14th and 18th greens.
Viewing: Stay behind the gallery ropes and kneel if near the ropes so those behind can see. Attendees must observe silence and wait until all players have completed shots to move. Mobile devices must be silenced with calls permitted only in TOUR approved areas. No data use or camera phones when players are in position to compete or when quiet paddles are raised. Photography of any kind is not permitted Thurs-Sun.
Food: There are several concession stands throughout the course.
Autographs: Main autograph area is between the 1st tee and Copperhead Clubhouse. Players are permitted to sign autographs only after the completion of their round.
Weather: Warning symbols will appear on electronic scoreboards for potential threatening weather conditions urging spectators to take precautions and seek shelter.
More info: TampaBayChampionship.com and see updates on Facebook and Twitter.