RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - One thing hasn't changed in this, the 19th year of the Barracuda Championship at Montreux.
It draws 132 of the best golfers around and they were on the course, the driving range or the putting greens Tuesday. It was a practice day and it drew some fans, as well, for a chance to see these athletes on this free day. Wednesday is the Pro-Am competition and it's also free.
The tournament gets underway Thursday. Tickets are $25 dollars.
One of the things that has changed is at the 18th hole. There's a big patio area where spectators have a front row seat to the end of each round with refreshments on hand.
"We moved some things around and created about a 5- or 6,000-square-foot venue open to anyone with a ticket," says tournament director Chris Hoff. "We've got tables right up front here. These are some of best seats I can imagine."
It's a family-friendly event. Kids 15 and under get in free with a ticketed adult and if the young ones aren't into golf yet there are other things for them to do.
That would be the Discovery Steam Center, where staffers from the Discovery Museum have educational games teaching science through golf.
"We grew it a little bit from last year because it was so popular," says Hoff. "We've got Circus Circus games in there. It's a great place."
Food this year takes on a local flavor.
"We've partnered with Gus' Barbeque in Incline Village and all of our concession stands are going to feature his barbeque. He's got a signature tri-tip sandwich."
And, of course, the competition provides all the entertainment a golf fan needs.
There's no parking at the event, but it's available down the hill at Galena High School. A parking permit or donation of two cans of food to the Food Bank will get you on a shuttle bus to get you up the hill.
Bring some sunblock and stay hydrated.