I should not be surprised by the response to my question a couple of days ago. Most respondents prefer to watch a golf Major from the comfort of their own home. I cannot say I blame them because I would fall in the same category. However, it is unfair for me to actually make that call since I have never experienced being at any professional golf tournament live. But, I guess I can only imagine that being home offers a better opportunity to see all the action.
Over the years I have talked to friends who have ventured onto the course during a professional tournament. They said it is something I should experience at least once in my life. I keep talking about it and this year might be the year.
The Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Hamilton, Ontario, is hosting the RBC Canadian Open from June 3-9, 2019. This would be the perfect opportunity to attend at least one day since I have relatives that are only minutes away from the links. It really boils down to how I am feeling. I should be good to go, but it is too early to make that commitment.
I would really like to watch Brooke Henderson defend her CP Women’s Open title at the Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ontario on August 19-25. I think the women’s game is more akin to mine and I would learn more. Regardless, this would be a great opportunity as well to watch my first professional golf tournament live.
From what my friends tell me there are three possible ways to watch a professional golf tournament. The size of the crowd does dictate how an event is experienced, but the three ways seem fairly standard. They are:
- Find a spot and stay there. Usually a par 3 is location of choice. By staying put, there is an opportunity to watch all the players cycle through and the short hole provides plenty of action.
- Follow a group. Find your favorite players and follow them around the course. This option offers less action, but gives you the opportunity to cheer a specific player. My friend Rick did this as he followed Adam Hadwin during an event in California.
- Hop Around. There are usually a few holes that are close together and offer an opportunity to see many players on a few different holes. This means plenty of moving and jostling in the crowds and offers the most action in a short period of time.
I am not sure what method I would use, I guess it depends on the course and the field. Regardless of what I choose, I think experiencing a professional golf tournament live would be fun. After that I could make a fair judgement of whether I would prefer to watch a Major live or from the comfort of my home.
What do you prefer? Have you been to a professional event? If so, what method did you use to watch the action.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!