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.