Originally Posted by Mitch360
I'm going to Wentworth in 2 weeks to watch BMW championship. There's some top names in the entry list (Mcilroy, Els, Stenson, Garcia etc) so really excited
Can anyone tell me whether you are free to roam around the course or casually follow your favourite player? Or is it more controlled than this? With designated areas?
Is it possible to get up close to the action, or will I be constantly competing with the crowd?
I know competitions and clubs are all different, but would love to hear from anyone who's been to a pro tournament.
There are a lot of guys here that have been to more events than me that can give you better advice, but here's my take:
Yes, you are free to roam around the entire course (obviously outside the ropes) except all of the seating areas around the final few holes are going to be ticketed areas that you won't be allowed in to. (Surprisingly enough, the only tournament I've been to where this was not the case was the US Open. All seating areas, just like all other areas, were simply first-come, first serve. No special ticket required.)
When you are trying to follow marquee guys, you will have a little tougher time getting close to them, like Rory, Phil or Tiger. But if you just jump ahead a hole or two, watch a couple of groups come through, then you'll have a good spot staked out for when Rory comes through. Then you can repeat the process all throughout the course and catch them on several holes.
There are two other "styles" of watching that I've tried, and they are both good as well, depending. One is to just pick one hole, or even better, one spot where you can see a couple of holes, if that's possible, and just watch from there all day and see everybody come through.
The other is good if you're going multiple days ... and that is to pick a group with somebody you like, but not somebody who's going to have a mob following him around (perhaps, ZJ, Kuchar, Stricker type guy) and just walk the entire course with them, 1 through 18.
Or a combination of the three. My first tournament was Pebble Beach in, I think, 1995, and on Sunday my dad and I walked the course with Fuzzy Zoellers group all the way from the first tee to the 12th green. Then we just waited there and watch all of the rest of the groups come through until the leaders passed, and then we backtracked through the front nine watching the groups that started on the back as we made our way to the shuttle busses. (Didn't have much desire to try and fight our way through the crowd on the last few holes)
Whatever you do, it should be fun!!