Behind the scenes look at what visitors can expect during the Ba - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Behind the scenes look at what visitors can expect during the Barbasol Championship

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) -

The PGA Tour returns to Opelika this week for the Barbasol championship and 45,000 people are expected to come in to see the pros play for the top spot on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National.

This week it's all hands on deck at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National as the final preparations get underway.

"Right now we are making sure the I's are dotted and all the T's are crossed," said Scott Gomberg, Director of Golf at RTJ Grand National.

This is the third year for the Barbasol Championship and it's expected to be the best one yet.

"We did some renovations the first two years and they have grown in. I have actually talked to a few players and they said the greens have always been great, but this is by far the best they've have ever seen them," said Gomberg.

There is a lot riding on the game. The purse for this professional golf tournament is $3.5 million. The first place winner will walk away with more than 600,000, 300 Fedex points and a trophy.

"We have Masters winners and U.S. Open winners and we have top collegiate golfers," said Bill Lang, Director of Golf.

Tournament organizers make it clear you don't have to be a golf enthusiast to get in on the action.

"Everyone who goes to a football game didn't play football. To see the athletic ability of these golfers and to take it in with family is a great experience," said Gomberg.

Fans can take advantage of more public seating, concessions, misting stations, champions club, and new tailgate club. 

The tournament will begin on Thursday. The cost of admission is twenty dollars. Military and children under 15 are free. You find purchase tickets and find out more information at this website.

Copyright 2017 WSFA 12 News. All Rights Reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Father of slain Colorado woman sobs, seethes in courtroom

    Father of slain Colorado woman sobs, seethes in courtroom

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 12:15 AM EDT2018-08-21 04:15:23 GMT
    Tuesday, August 21 2018 9:58 PM EDT2018-08-22 01:58:38 GMT
    Christopher Watts, 33, faces three first-degree murder charges, two counts of murdering a child under 12, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. (Source: Weld County Sheriff/KMGH/CNN)Christopher Watts, 33, faces three first-degree murder charges, two counts of murdering a child under 12, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. (Source: Weld County Sheriff/KMGH/CNN)

    The father of two told police in court papers released Monday that he killed his pregnant wife after witnessing her strangling one of the girls on a baby monitor.

    More >>

    The father of two told police in court papers released Monday that he killed his pregnant wife after witnessing her strangling one of the girls on a baby monitor.

    More >>
  • Science Says: Hotter weather turbocharges US West wildfires

    Science Says: Hotter weather turbocharges US West wildfires

    Sunday, August 19 2018 11:27 AM EDT2018-08-19 15:27:02 GMT
    Tuesday, August 21 2018 9:54 PM EDT2018-08-22 01:54:51 GMT
    (AP Photo/Noah Berger). FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire near Ladoga, Calif. The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hot...(AP Photo/Noah Berger). FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire near Ladoga, Calif. The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hot...

    An AP analysis finds a clear connection between warmer temperatures out west and more land burned by wildfires.

    More >>

    An AP analysis finds a clear connection between warmer temperatures out west and more land burned by wildfires.

    More >>
  • Facebook takes down 652 accounts linked to Russia, Iran

    Facebook takes down 652 accounts linked to Russia, Iran

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 8:18 PM EDT2018-08-22 00:18:09 GMT
    Tuesday, August 21 2018 9:49 PM EDT2018-08-22 01:49:50 GMT
    Facebook said there were networks of accounts created to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing. (Source: Pixabay)Facebook said there were networks of accounts created to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing. (Source: Pixabay)

    Facebook says it has removed more than 650 pages groups and accounts linked to Russia and Iran aimed at influencing U.S. voters ahead of the November midterm elections.

    More >>

    Facebook says it has removed more than 650 pages groups and accounts linked to Russia and Iran aimed at influencing U.S. voters ahead of the November midterm elections.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly