It's here, but with some delays.
The 2019 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship opened its week-long run at Oak Hill Country Club on Monday. Legends and touring members of the PGA's Senior Tour converged in Pittsford for the tournament which runs through Sunday, May 26.
However, a severe thunderstorm warning caused a delay in play for the opening round Thursday.
Once play resumed and the weather passed, more than 150 of the world's best golfers 50 and older began vying for the Bourne Trophy.
Scott Parel took advantage of ideal scoring conditions Thursday morning to shoot a 4-under 66 and take the first-round lead in the weather-delayed Senior PGA Championship.
It's the 80th edition of the tournament and just the second time it'll be decided in Rochester. Here's everything you need to know for the event:
When Does the Tournament Start?
Oak Hill's gates will be open for spectators on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 a.m.
- The event's Pro-Am tournament gets a shotgun start at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
- You can follow golfers around the fields until 7 p.m on Tuesday and Wednesday.
When the tournament tees off on Thursday and Friday, spectators may begin arriving at 6:30 a.m. The final two rounds of the championship will begin welcoming galleries at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
How Much Does It Cost to Watch Legends of the Game?
If you're 17 and under, you can watch for free with an adult. No more than four children can get in for free with an adult.
Tickets are available online for as little as $20 for a single-day pass. You can get on the grounds for the full week for $165. A new flex-four pack gets you to any four days of the Senior PGA Championship for $125. Clubhouse passes remain on sale for $375.
Members of the military may attend at no charge, with a proper ID.
Where Should I Park?
Oak Hill and the PGA have parking down to a science.
Streets around the country club become fine and tow zones the week of the event. But private homeowners may have a patch of lawn available for you, at a premium price.
Drop-offs are not allowed at the front gate of the country club. Instead, you can access the course via the Kilbourn Road entrance.
Spectators can take a shuttle from Monroe Community College to a club's main entrance for free.
When Does the Shuttle Run?
- Tuesday and Wednesday: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday and Friday: 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: 6:45 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Heading to a PGA event is not like going to a Bills or Red Wings game. There are restrictions on what you can bring onto the course.
- Don't bring: backpacks, drawstring bags, or any bag larger than 10 inches by 10 inches by 10 inches, laser pointers, selfie sticks, drones, personal electronics (including tablets and laptops).
You'll also need to maintain golf etiquette while on course.
- That means no: raised voices, constant calls out to players, running.
- If you're lucky, or early to the course and get into the front row by a green, stay seated and still before and during shots.
- If you want to wade into the gallery, stay behind the ropes.
- Folding chairs will be checked by security. Wide armrest chairs are not allowed.
- Most food and alcohol are not allowed on the course.
- Only one unopened bottle of water per person is allowed.
For the first time at an Oak Hill PGA event, spectators will be able to leave and re-enter the course on the same day as long as you have a hand stamp. The stamp will not be required if there's extreme weather that causes the course to clear. Instead, just bring your ticket.
Where Can I Charge My Phone?
Charging stations for your phone at the information tent near the 12th hole and at the KitchenAid Fairway Club. It's one of the two venues all spectators will pass as they arrive from shuttles.
The $45 million economic impact the tournament's projected to deliver comes with an estimated 350 jobs.
Oak Hill is on a steady four-to-five year interval for hosting a major pro golf event, having proven that the community will support and provide world-class service for the event. It will also host the 2023 PGA Championship.