TPC River Highlands – host to the 2018 Travelers Championship, the largest professional sporting event in Connecticut is giving spectators tips on how you can get the most out of every golf tournament. Exclusive insight on perfect vantage points to buying merchandise at just the right time, allow tournament-goers to heighten their experience for maximum enjoyment. The advice comes at an ideal time with the Travelers Championship tournament quickly approaching on June 18 – 24, 2018. The Travelers Championship is played each year at TPC River Highlands, a par 70, 6,841 yard course, in Cromwell, Connecticut and is featured live on the Golf Channel. This year’s Travelers Championship will feature 156 players.
“As a venue designed to host TOUR-sponsored events, we consider ourselves experts at navigating tournaments and want to ensure our guests are truly able to enjoy them,” said Larry Antinozzi, Head Golf Professional of TPC River Highlands.
Here are some spectator tips from TPC River Highlands to help you get the most out of the golf tournament this year.
1. Watch players warm up. It’s a great way to get close and see how good the pros really are when they are hitting shot after shot exactly how they want to.
2. Keep an eye out for property maps and pairings guide as you enter the grounds and make a plan for the players or groups you’d like to see throughout the day. Having a map of the facility will make it easier to jump to different locations.
3. The best holes to watch and learn are holes 15-18. This is a great final stretch to watch the TOUR players handle the pressure and finish off a great round. You will pick up tips on how to play difficult shots and/or use proper course management.
4. Check out the merchandise tent early in the week, specifically Pin Flags – they are the first to sell out. Too many people wait until Saturday and Sunday thinking they’ll restock, but the best selection is found earlier in the week.
5. The best spots to watch the most amount of golf is behind the 4th green so you can see the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th hole or between the 15th and 16th hole for some awesome action.
6. The course is often less crowded on the front 9, so you can often get much closer to the action. The course will get more crowded the later it gets in the day, so find a good spot before its filled with other spectators.
7. The best time to try for autographs is earlier in the week or at the autograph zone located at the practice facility.
8. Find the fairway landing zones of your favorite holes and you can beat the traffic to watch your favorite player hit their approach to the green. Holes #6 and #13 are a great place to watch fairway shots because they are the only par 5’s on the golf course and it is exciting to watch TOUR players try and hit the green in two for a shot at eagle.
9. Whether you choose to follow a group or your favorite player, travel from green to tee for the best viewing spot along the rope line.
10. Watch everyone on the leaderboard tee off on No. 1, then walk all 18 holes backwards to see everyone on the field, plus the entire course. Great exercise, great golf!”
11. Make sure to silence your phone while walking around the golf course, a cell phone ringing could get removed from the event.
12.Cameras are only allowed Monday through Wednesday.
13. Check the special events calendar for exciting opportunities such as Women’s Day, Powerstation Concert Series, Farmington Fan and Family Day, Celebrity Mini Golf Tournament and more.”
TPC River Highlands is part of the TPC Network, comprised of premier private, resort and daily fee golf properties that have hosted or been designed to host TOUR-sponsored golf tournaments, including THE PLAYERS Championship at the PGA TOUR’s flagship property, TPC Sawgrass, and the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, the highest attended tournament on the PGA TOUR. During the current season, 18 PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Web.com Tour tournaments will be held at TPC facilities.