It feels like an eternity since we have been able to travel freely. But one day, we will be able to hop on planes and jettison across the country and world again. If you are trying to plan something fun to do for your next trip – and are a sports fan – you should consider buying tickets and travelling to a PGA Tour event. Here are seven reasons why it should be your next adventure.
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Betting Live at the Event
Unlike some other sports – especially one played indoors – when you are at the course, you can get such a better feel for the conditions, it is almost like you have an advantage when you are betting Vegas golf odds during the tournament. If you love betting on golf, going to a tournament and betting on it live is a 100% must-do experience.
Thousands of Visitors Make the Host Town/City Extra Lively
Spectators at golf tournaments – for the most part – are relatively reserved and respectful (Waste Management Open excluded), but their demeanour on the course does not necessarily reflect how they act off it. Even if it is only a quarter of the people visiting the event – when the biggest tournaments draw over 200,000 visitors over the week, there is bound to be fun to be had after they finish the final hole.
The Weather is Almost Always Going to Be Warm
You do not play golf in the cold, and you do not play golf in the rain. That means, wherever the tournament is happening is going to offer favourable weather to those visiting. Now by favourable, we mean warm enough to golf. Not every stop on the PGA Tour – especially some during Spring – will match if you went to the Caribbean for a week. But if you are from a place with a cold and snowy winter, even a 69 degrees day at Augusta will feel beautiful. If you want beachy weather, tournaments in Florida, Arizona and California are almost always warm enough for shorts and sun.
You Can Enjoy One Round or Watch the Entire Tournament
One of the best parts of going to watch live golf is the ability to watch as much or as little golf as you want. Whether it is Thursday or Friday to see the entire field of golfers, the Sunday to watch the final round, or the whole week to get in as much watching as physically possible – you have the ability (for most tournaments, some only allow most people to purchase single-day tickets).
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Many Locales are Close to Other Destinations
Visiting a PGA Tournament event does not mean you are stuck doing nothing else during your vacation. Many courses are located in or near major cities and attractions, making it easy to plan plenty of fun without travelling excessive distances.
A great example of a course near plenty to do is Pebble Beach. Pebble Beach is about a two-hour drive from downtown San Francisco and about 75 miles from San Jose. The Bay Area has plenty to offer visitors with its rich history and culture. At the same time, the surrounding areas include some of the most famous National Parks in the country and California’s world-famous wine region.
International Crowds make for a Fun Experience
Golf is one of the most international sports. Just a few weeks ago, Hideki Matsuyama won the Masters. Matsuyama is from Japan, and with his win, 12 countries now have at least one Green Jacket winner. While the majority of PGA tournaments are full of American fans – enough people visit each event that if you are fond of a non-American golfer yourself, you are sure to make some new international friends if you are following him around the course.
It is Relaxing
Watching golf live is relaxing. You are outside enjoying some nature, watching a slow-paced sport. It is not loud or obnoxious. It is a rare mix of entertainment and relaxation. It gets a little more tense on the Sunday – if it is a close competition on the final day – but if you hit up a Thursday or Friday, it is as peaceful as it gets for a sporting event.