Navigating a PGA Tour event can be daunting, especially for first-time visitors. But it doesn't have to be.
Here is a quick primer with suggestions on what not to bring and how to make the most out of your time at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge.
● No cell phones.
● No cameras or video cameras allowed after Wednesday.
● No radios, TVs, signs or banners.
● No alcoholic drinks may enter or leave the course.
● No clipboards or items larger than 8 inches-by-12 inches for autographs.
● No coolers, chair bags, knapsacks, backpacks or bags larger than 6 inches-by-6 inches are allowed onto the grounds.
● No firearms or explosive devices.
All items are subject to search. A failure to obey the directions of security guards, gallery marshals or tournament officials may result in ejection from the grounds and the revocation of your ticket without refund.
From Thursday-Sunday, players won't sign autographs during their rounds. There will be a designated autograph area.
What's the best way to watch the action?
Bleachers will be set up at Nos. 1, 10, 8, 17 and 18 and on the driving range. Make sure to get to each location early because seats go on a first-come, first-served basis. Bleachers are nice options because you don't have to walk, and if you're patient and arrive early enough, you'll see many golfers over the course of a day. The problem is that you'll only get to see one group of shots. For example, if you're sitting on the bleachers around the 18th green, you'll only see the players chipping and putting. If you're seated near the tee box at No. 1, you'll only see the players tee off.
If you're a fan of a particular player, it's best to follow him from hole to hole. Be aware that you can't walk onto the fairways or greens, and definitely bring comfortable shoes.
You can also bring folding chairs or golf stools if you want to set up behind the ropes on the fairways.
Is there food available?
Yes. Concession stands are open during all hours of play. Remember, though, that there are fewer options as you walk away from the clubhouse area and 18th green.
Be careful of your impact on golfers:
● If you're near a green, make sure that you're standing still and are quiet as a player stands over his next shot. If you're following three players, wait until all players are done on a hole or on a segment of shots before you walk ahead.
● The walkway that runs roughly parallel to the clubhouse sits adjacent to the No. 1 and No. 10 tee boxes, and any noise along that path can be heard easily by the golfers as they tee off.
● If you bring a cell phone onto the grounds, you'll likely get into trouble if the phone makes a noise that a player can hear.
● Bring and use sunscreen.
● Drink plenty of water.
● Check the weather forecast before you go, and if necessary, bring an umbrella. (And, of course, seek shelter if there's a threat of lightning.)
● Wear comfortable shoes.
Josh Robbins' golf blog can be read at OrlandoSentinel.com/roughingit. He can be reached at email@example.com.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun