Tips for enjoying the PGA Championship

Now that the 2011 PGA Championship has come to a close, all eyes are on The Ocean Course for 2012. In addition to watching the world’s best golfers take on America’s toughest course, here are some tips to fully enjoy your experience.

1.  Get a Golf Lesson

The PGA Learning Center, presented by American Express, features complimentary golf lessons from PGA professionals, putting greens, golf simulators and educational presentations.  These tips will actually help you improve your game, and get you started on your way of becoming a PGA professional.

2.  Go Mobile

The free PGA Championship mobile app allows you to watch the tournament live from your phone.  The app also allows on-site spectators to personalize how information is received.  You can pick your favorite players and the app will keep you updated on their location on the course and leader board status.  Also stay informed on tournament news through PGA’s live coverage blog, Twitter (@PGAChampionship) or Facebook (PGA Championship).

3.  Keep Cool

The best way to enjoy the Charleston summer in August is to feel the breeze blowing on The Ocean Course, which happens to be 15 degrees cooler than the rest of Charleston.  Misting stations will also be set-up around the course for attendees to get a refreshing spray, and cooling tents will provide much needed shade. Bleachers will be equipped with metal fans attached to the top railing, which will help provide additional breezes.

4.  Get off the Sidelines

The PGA Championship is an excuse to exercise. Skip the gym and follow the players by walking the course. Grab a free PGA pedometer, from the Hospital for Special Surgery, and compete with family and friends on who can take the most steps.  Individuals who use their pedometer at the Championship are encouraged to visit and record their number of steps online to be entered to win daily prizes.

5.  Sit in the Driver’s Seat

PGA Performance Center presented by Mercedes-Benz, offers fans an interactive driving experience, both on the highway and on the putting green.  PGA professionals will be on-site to help you analyze your golf swing using laser aligned putters and slow motion cameras.  Several of the Mercedes-Benz’s newest model year vehicles will also be showcased.  Attendees can practice their drive and sit in the driver’s seat all in one place on the course.

6. Bring the Kids

If family activities aren’t the first thing you think of when you think golf, they should be! The PGA Championship is a great place to bring your family. Each ticketed adult is permitted to bring four juniors (age 17 or under) for free.  There are plenty of activities for the kids, plus with all their cuteness they’re guaranteed a better chance of getting an autograph!

7. Shop ‘til You Drop

The PGA Championship Golf Shop offers a variety of merchandise for men and women in their 32,000 square foot, air-conditioned tent.  Apparel, outerwear, headwear, artwork, gifts and memorabilia are all available for purchase.  In case you forget sunglasses or sunscreen; they’ve got all the essentials covered.

8. Star in a Golf Advertisement

Enhance your time at the Championship by partaking in the ultimate PGA Fan Experience, presented by Royal Bank of Canada. Have your golf swing analyzed by new camera technology, play contests or design your own RBC golf bag.   You can even star in your own golf ad with a member of Team RBC.

Want to go to the 2012 PGA Championship, but don’t have tickets? Monday – Thursday tickets are still available for purchase on the 2012 PGA Championship website.