The Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando is more than just a premiere golf tournament. It’s a great way to spend the day enjoying the competition, shopping for souvenirs, checking out the amenities, and just generally soaking up the atmosphere. The tournament features some special events appealing to foodies, which you can read more about here, but you don’t have to sign up for anything special to have a good time.
If you’re planning to catch one of the last days of this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, which runs through March 20, or are planning ahead for next year, here are five tips to increase your enjoyment.
- Park off-site at Universal Orlando Resort. The area around Bay Hill gets extremely crowded, and parking in a competitive sport second only to the tournament itself. For $10 you can park at Universal and ride to the golf course in an air conditioned shuttle. The shuttles leave frequently and it’s a very stress-free process. Uber is another option; if you use the service, there are designated drop-off and pick-up zones.
- Bring your MasterCard. As the event’s sponsor, MasterCard has a major presence at the Arnold Palmer invitational, and it provides benefits for its cardholders. One of the best is admission to the MasterCard Club, a special air conditioned lounge with a viewing area, charging stations, photo ops, meet and greet with the golfers, and more. You also get a 10 percent discount on tickets, souvenirs, and food, and you can order your food and drinks ahead of time and avoid the long lines by using MasterCard’s Qkr! for payment.
- Download the app. Sure, you can watch the leader boards, but it’s nice to have real-time statistics right at your fingertips.
- Prepare for the expected weather. You never know exactly what March in Florida might bring. Watch the weather forecast so you know whether you’ll need a jacket if there’s a cold snap or an umbrella if storms are on the horizon. You’ll always want to bring sunscreen, especially if the forecast is for a sunny day. You’ll likely do a lot of standing and walking, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and apply sunscreen frequently.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes. Dress is typically golf course casual, and you’ll be doing a lot of walking if you stick around for the whole day. The tournament is not the time to break in a new pair of shoes! Wear something comfy and reliable.
- Don’t bother to bring your camera unless you’re attending during the qualifying rounds. If you try to bring it during the actual tournament, you’ll be directed to return it to your car. Avoid the long walk by leaving it at home. You also can’t bring in any bags, backpacks, or even purses larger than 6 inches by 6 inches.