The first golf tournament I ever attended was The Masters.

Ridiculous, I know. I got lucky.

After I took my very first step on to Augusta National Golf Club’s stop-in-your-tracks-and-wonder-if-it’s-even-real-grass, I was hooked. Even though that was 19 years ago, I’ve been attending professional golf events ever since.  I’ve lost count of how many Tournaments I’ve attended sometime after 30 events of the PGA Tour. I’ve far exceeded that number in LPGA Tournaments.

While each and every Tournament has its own unique venue, with a one-of-a-kind design and layout, there is quite a bit these events actually share in common. For those of you looking to venture out to watch your very first professional golf event, this guide will help you no matter which Tour event you choose to attend.

PARKING

I recently spent a few days at THE PLAYERS Championship, the PGA Tour’s flagship event in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. One of the first things you’ll need to figure out before you even step on the grounds is the parking situation. Passes are often available for purchase at the same time you buy your tickets and are often a hotter commodity than the ticket themselves. Get yourself a good parking pass, you’ll avoid a lot of additional walking or a bus ride from off-site.

WHAT TO WEAR

No matter how great your parking pass, you’re still going to do plenty of walking. Comfortable shoes are a must. This isn’t a time to show off those wedges you just found at Nordstrom Rack or your strappy Jimmy Choo stilettos. I’m sure they’re adorable, but you’ll only get your heels stuck in the mud. Think practical. You can still be cute, but functional. I often opt for a pair of tried and true sandals that I’ve already broken in that I know aren’t going to rub or give me blisters. They’ll pair great with a lightweight, flowy dress or shorts and a tank. I would avoid any type of jeans. It’s likely going to get pretty warm being outside at the course all day and jeans would be too hot, anyway. I usually opt for one of these options when I’m attending a Tournament for fun.

Or, feel free to get into the spirit of the event and bust out your golf gear! Throw on a pair of sneakers with your favorite polo and skort and you’ll fit right in. Any of those options would be appropriate. I rock my LPGA branded apparel and wear a pair of sneakers when I’m covering an event for work.

Be smart with your handbag, too. Don’t bring anything too large. You’ll be reminded of this on the back of your ticket that most oversized bags aren’t allowed. I usually bring a small, crossbody that I can just throw on and have my hands free throughout the day. You’ll be glad you did when you have all those bags from going crazy at the merchandise tent. But, I’ll get to that later.

Sunscreen and a hat are also a must. Be sure to load up on sunscreen before you even arrive and bring a small tube that you can throw in your handbag. If you’re at the tournament all day, you’re going to need to reapply to keep from burning. Hats are also a great way to shield yourself from the sun and keep your hair from blowing on those windy days outdoors.