OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) - The Barbasol Championship is officially underway. 132 golfers are teeing up on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Opelika.
About 50,000 spectators are expected to be here over the course of the weekend. Gates will open at 6:30 a.m. each day of the tournament.
For course maps, insights on the individual holes and player bios, pick up a Barbasol program. These programs are $5 and are a good guide to making your experience more enjoyable. Daily pairings guides are free and will tell you when people are teeing off and their starting hole (1 or 10). The pairings guide also has a map.
To see a great deal of play, head to hole number 1 and free bleacher seating. Look for maps posted around the entrance or in the program. You will walk across a bridge and head to plenty of seating under shade trees. Watch the PGA TOUR professionals tee off right in front of you. An announcer will announce each player's name and hometown so you can keep track of who is who. You can also bring a chair or sit under a tree and watch the greens on holes 10 and 16 from one spot. You can watch twice the action without twice the steps.
Misting stations are located around the course with several near the 18th green and the merchandise area. To beat the heat, drink plenty of water before coming out to the course and while at Grand National. If a medical situation occurs, the first aid station is located near the Merchandise tent and staffed by East Alabama Medical.
The PGA TOUR players are happy to sign autographs when they finish playing. Autograph Alley is located just off the 18th green so bring your programs, hats and other items to have them autographed.
More information is available on the Barbasol Championship website.