OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) - It has been over a year since preparations started for the 2017 Barbasol Championship. Organizers focus on grooming the course all the way up until the first stroke of the tournament.
"Players come and they expect green speeds of 12, different heights in the fairways versus intermediate cut and the rough, as well," explained Director of Golf Scott Gomberg. "You got the club manufacturers here, so they're tweaking their equipment and what have you, and then we'll start 8 o clock tomorrow morning with tee-time."
A total of 132 players are taking part in the Barbasol Championship and they bring along caddies, friends, and family members, as well as hundreds of fans who will migrate to Opelika for the week. The city is definitely feeling the impact.
"It's huge," exclaimed Brooke Peace Harris, Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau, Digital Marketing Manager. "I mean, they're not just out here playing, they're spending the night in our hotels, they're eating in our restaurants, they're shopping. They're here for the week."