When the PGA Championship comes to the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek this week (Aug. 8-14), thousands of spectators will watch golf's last major of 2011. And even if you are not attending the main event, you can still experience the excitement by taking in exhibits or special programs in various locations throughout the metro area.
So ticket holder or not, here's your championship cheat sheat:
Tickets: Even though ticket sales have seen a quick increase in the last few days following news that Tiger Woods would likely compete, tickets are still available at PGA.com.
Bring Your Children: Each adult with tickets will be allowed to bring up to four children ages 17 and under. Junior tickets can be obtained at the will call office at the main entrance on day of admission.
Free Admission for Military: To honor the men and women who serve in the military, the PGA is offering active and retired military personnel free daily grounds access to the championship. A military ID is required on the day of attendance, and tickets can be obtained at the admissions and will call office at the main spectator entrance.
Learning Center: A PGA Learning Center, presented by American Express and located at the main spectator entrance, offers free lessons from PGA professionals, putting greens and golf simulators.
RBC Fan Experience: For golfers of all ages, RBC bank is inviting spectators to design their own golf bags and have their golf swing analyzed. The winner of the bag design competition will receive a VIP experience at the championship on Wednesday as well as a meet-and-greet with Matt Kuchar and a behind-the-scenes tour.
Let's Move: To demonstrate how golf can be part of a healthy and active lifestyle, pedometers will be offered to spectators at the main spectator entrance to track their steps.
There are plenty of events than non-ticket holders can participate in:
Pro-Shop Pre-Sale: Open to public on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., a Pro-Shop pre-sale at the will offer 93rd PGA Championship clothing and memorabilia. No ticket is required and parking is free in the lot across the street.
History Exhibit: A traveling is on display at the Johns Creek Welcome Center, 11030 Medlock Bridge Road, daily through Aug. 14 and is free and open to the public.
African-American Golf Pioneers: An exhibit that celebrates those who shaped the African-American golf experience is open daily at the CNN Center in Atlanta through Aug. 31.
Youth Clinic: RBC Bank is inviting local youth for a shot at a $10,000 college scholarship at a Monday, Aug. 8, at in Johns Creek. For more information or to sign up for the clinic, visit www.seeyouthere.com/rbcshotforcollege2011. Registration deadline is Aug. 7.