As soon as you arrive, you’ll see little boxes mounted on poles just inside the entrance. These boxes hold a new, pairings guide each day. It lists all the players and their tee times for the round you’re attending. These pamphlets usually include a map of the course, as well as concessions, restrooms and other important sites. Be sure to grab one of these.
In addition to the pairings guide, there are often large TV monitors throughout the course that will rotate with different information. In addition to scores, the boards can tell you the group that is on that current hole. This is another great reference to find out where your favorite players are on the course. These boards are also essential in the event of severe weather. They’ll let you know when there’s a weather warning, delay or if you need to seek shelter.
There seem to be two strategies to watching a golf tournament. The first includes picking out a nice picturesque spot on one hole and watching all the groups play through. You’re also welcome to bring your own foldable, golf chairs. Golf fans are pretty polite, so you can leave your chair at your favorite spot and come back later to find it undisturbed. The upside to staying in one spot is that you’ll get to see a huge number of golfers during the day. The downside is you’re really only getting to see one hole on the course. But if you decide to spend your whole day sitting at the par 3, 12th hole at Augusta National, then disregard my last sentence.
Another way to watch would be to select one group, or a few, that you’d like to follow. The upside is that you’re going to get in a lot more steps this way and you’ll get to see more of the course. The downside is that you’re only getting to see a select number of golfers. It all depends on your priority that day.