EVENT: McDonald's LPGA Championship
WHEN: Tomorrow through Sunday
LOCATION: Havre de Grace
YARDAGE: 6,486 yards
PURSE: $1.8 million, with $270,000 to winner
TICKETS: Available at the gate or call 1-877-776-5742. Wednesday practice: $15. Thursday and Friday: $18. Saturday and Sunday: $20. Thursday is free for people 50 and older. Saturday is free with a military ID.
TV SCHEDULE: Thursday and Friday: 4-6 p.m. on The Golf Channel.
Saturday: 3:30-6 p.m. on chs. 13, 9. Sunday: 3:30-6 p.m. on chs. 13, 9.
WHERE THE TOURNAMENT MIGHT BE WON
Though Rick Rounsaville, Bulle Rock's director of golf, doesn't see anybody making a long birdie run, strokes definitely can be picked up on the opening two holes, a par 4 that could be played as short as 322 yards (the equivalent of the white tees) and the 555-yard par 5.
WHERE THE TOURNAMENT MIGHT BE LOST
Bulle Rock is too new a venue to have any history, but the 11th through 13th holes could become its Amen Corner. Making pars in this three-hole run, beginning with a tough, 596-yard par 5, will be an accomplishment. The 135-yard par-3 12th along the water can be tricky depending on the wind and the 319-yard par-4 13th could bring its share of double bogeys if tee shots find the ravine right of the fairway.
WHERE YOU MIGHT NEED COMFORTABLE SHOES
As you walk up around the hill on the tough par-4 fifth hole, you might not want to think about that extra burger you ordered at lunch. It's not bad until you go from the 17th to the 18th hole, but by then the burgers will have been digested and a beer (or a soda) might be in order.
BEST VIEWING HOLES
Short of getting invited into a nice comfortable corporate tent, the top spot on the course will be right of the green on the par-3 seventh. From there, you will be able to see the players coming down the fourth fairway, teeing off on No. 5, a little bit of the sixth hole as well as them teeing off on the par-5 eighth.
WHERE THE BEST VIEWS COULD BE
If the weather is clear, you will be able to see the Chesapeake from Nos. 9 and 10, but the prettiest spot could be at the crest of the hill at the par-4 13th, looking down to the green and architect Pete Dye's trademark railroad ties in the background. Another neat spot will be looking at the crowd sitting up on the hill behind No. 18.
From Baltimore: Take I-95 North to Exit 85, follow Route 22 West to signs for Ripken Stadium. Shuttle service will be provided to and from Bulle Rock. Parking and shuttle service at Ripken Stadium is free.