Travelling to a pro tournament to see live action is one of the great experiences in golf. Here are some pointers to help you avoid spoiling your day out
9 Things Not To Do When Watching A Pro Golf Tournament
Watching live golf being played by the very best in the business is a thrilling and eye-opening experience.
Seeing first-hand the quality of the striking, the speed of the ball off the clubface, the accuracy of the short game, the surety of the putting – It’s so much more impressive up close than when viewed through a screen.
But, although it should be a guaranteed winner, there are ways you could spoil your day out at the golf.
Here are some key things not to do when you attend a professional golf tournament.
Watch it through your phone
If you’re going to watch live golf, why would you spend all day filming it or taking photos?
There’s Tommy Fleetwood, playing from an awkward lie just yards away, you’d have a tremendous view of the tricky shot, but you’re so busy wielding your phone like a rapier to try and capture a bit of shaky footage that you miss seeing it with your own eyes.
Put the phone away and watch the action you have paid to go and see.
Wear a costume
Please, just don’t.
Forget sun cream
You’re going to be out in the open for a good number of hours watching pro golf.
Even if the skies aren’t totally clear, you’ll still face significant exposure.
Unless you want to end up looking like a reluctant Hell Boy, slap on the sun block.
Be hungry when you arrive
Turning up at the golf with an empty tank is a recipe for disaster – With so many greedy food options available, you’re liable to do a Homer Simpson and allow your eyes to take over from your stomach.
Three hours, a burger, hot dog, fish and chips, steak sandwich and chili chicken wrap later and the only golf you’ve managed to see was some children chipping in the “fun zone.”
You might get out on the course after you’ve had a little lie down.
Visit the merchandising tent without a clear objective
Very, very dangerous. People have been known to bankrupt themselves within 25 minutes in a cleverly laid-out golf tournament merchandising facility.
Particularly beware of the one that offers free home delivery or provides supermarket style trolleys at the entrance.
Although tempting on a nice day at the golf to enjoy a few bevvies, don’t let it get too far.
You don’t want to miss the afternoon’s action because you’re vomiting in the First Aid Tent.
Nor do you want to find yourself stumbling blindly over fairways with projectiles coming from all angles whilst being shouted at by marshals and caddies – a thing of nightmares.
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Shout “Get in the hole” or other inanities
Probably relating to the above point – It’s not cool and it’s not clever.
Has anyone ever been patted on the back and hailed as a comedy genius for shouting “mashed potatoes” when Charles Howell III plays out of a bunker sideways? …. No.
Also related to the point two above this one… As this video demonstrates – it’s a poor idea:
Be precious about “your spot”
There are always good vantage points at the golf, but you have to be prepared to move around a little to get the very clearest view.
If you stand resolutely in the same place, you’re always liable to find something gets in your way – a roving reporter or bunker raker for instance.
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Don’t be that pillock picked up on the TV mics shouting, “Oi you, get out the way, I’ve been standing here for four hours waiting to see Paul Broadhurst!”