BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The hype is over. It's time for the Champions Tour pros to step to the tee for the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Players begin arriving today for what promises to be a week they'll never forget.
If you're a golf fan, and you plan on attending the tournament this week, read on, because this information is for you.
Fallen Oak is a private golf course owned by Beau Rivage. It's on Highway 15, a two lane road that's nearly a dozen miles north of I-10.
Here's the most important thing you need to remember. Fallen Oak has no "on site" parking. And parking along Highway 15 is not allowed. So unless you're a volunteer, don't drive to the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
"State troopers will ticket and tow all cars parked along Highway 15," said Corporal Johnny Poulos, public affairs officer for Troop K, which includes Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. "It's a security and safety concern that we just can't allow. We need to keep an open traffic flow on Highway 15."
Instead of going up Highway 15, head down I-110 and park your car in the IP Casino Resort and Spa garage. A convoy of 45 shuttle buses will be constantly going between the Biloxi casino and Fallen Oak. The first shuttle leaves IP at 6:30 am. The last shuttle leaves the golf course an hour after the round ends. The bus ride will take you about 30 minutes.
"We need all general ticket-holders to adhere to our plan so that we can provide a pleasurable experience for everyone," said Steve Nieman, tournament director.
Tickets to enter the tournament are $15 a day. You can buy them at the IP, or at the admission gate inside the golf course. Click here to download a schedule of the week's events.
You can take pictures of your favorite Champions Tour players during the practice rounds on Wednesday and Thursday. However, once the tournament actually begins on Friday, you have to leave your cameras at home. Click here to see the course map.
By now, you know that legendary names like Hale Irwin and Tom Kite will join 75 other players in this inaugural event. What you may not know is the tournament's winner will take home $240,000 and a beautiful Biloxi lighthouse trophy.
The first Champions Tour players tee off on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning at 7:15. The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic expects to crown its champion on Sunday afternoon at around 4:30.
Throughout the week, WLOX News will have extensive coverage of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. And starting this Thursday night after our late news, Jeff Lawson and Jeff Shepard will host a tournament wrap up show. They'll have highlights from Fallen Oak, interviews with the leaders, and several features about the stars from yesteryear who continue to shine on the links.
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