Tickets

Available at the gate.

Grounds pass, $35 per day.

Pavilion pass, $50 per day.

Weekly grounds pass, $125.

Weekly pavilion pass, $180.

Juniors (17 and under) tournament round tickets, $5.

Getting There

From Frederick: Take Interstate 270 south to exit 5, Falls Road south. Follow the signs to Oaklyn Drive.

From Silver Spring and Baltimore: Take 495 to exit 35 and onto I-270 north. Exit Falls Road south (Exit 5). Follow the signs to Oaklyn Drive.

From Virginia: Take 495 to River Road west (exit 39). Follow the signs to Bradley Boulevard or Oaklyn Drive.

Parking/Shuttle

Free parking is included with all tickets and badges, but spectators are encouraged to take the free shuttle buses.

Shuttle buses are available Thursday and Friday only from Montgomery County Fairgrounds (16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg) and Saturday and Sunday from Marriott headquarters (10400 Fernwood Dr., Bethesda) and Booz Allen Hamilton headquarters (8283 Greensboro Dr., McLean). Shuttle service and satellite parking are free. The shuttles leave every 15 minutes to and from all locations. Shuttle services begins at 8 a.m. and continues until one hour after play has concluded.

Most/Least Crowded

Places to Watch

Because it is closest to the clubhouse and also because it is the last hole, the 18th green is the most popular place on the course. You have to arrive early to find a spot on the nearby grassy slope.

If you are up to the hike, the No. 14 tee is the best spot to avoid the crowds. You are almost sure to find an unobstructed view.

Most Picturesque Place to Watch

For one of the most panoramic views on the course, sit or stand next to the 17th green. A small pond abuts it, and as you look back toward the tee, flowers bloom on the grassy hill. This spot also lets you watch the players tee off on No. 18.

Best Green to Sit Next To

You will see plenty of interesting tee shots if you are next to the green on the par-3 No. 9. Because of the elevated tee box and the ever-changing wind conditions, this is a tricky hole.

The water that abuts the green makes it even more of a challenge.

Best Place to Watch When It's Hot

When it's scorching outside, seek shade under the grove of trees on the hill by the ninth green. You are also close to refreshment stands, providing easy access to a cool beverage.

Best Place to Get an Autograph

Don't even bother asking a golfer during his round. You will have a much better chance to snag his signature after he is finished and walking from the 18th green to the clubhouse.

Best Place to Chat With a Caddie

Catch the caddies at the van behind the clubhouse or when they are waiting with their players' bags outside the clubhouse entrance before their round.

Most Likely Place to See

A Birdie or Eagle

The par-5, 524-yard No. 13 has been the easiest hole on the course four years running. Last year, there were 166 birdies and 13 eagles.

Most Likely Place to See a Bogey

The par-4, 444-yard No. 18 was the most difficult hole last year. There were 134 bogeys.

Busiest/Least Busy Times to Arrive

If you arrive around noon on Saturday or Sunday, expect a mass of humanity.

You won't have the course to yourself, but if you arrive early morning on Thursday or Friday, you will have a good shot at nabbing a choice viewing spot or walking freely along the course.

Items to Bring/Leave Home

It is always good to have sunscreen and a hat. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Don't forget bug spray to keep away the gnats that swarm around TPC at Avenel. Dryer sheets are surprisingly effective bug deterrents. You must display your daily pass or badge at all times.

DO NOT BRING A CELL PHONE. If you do and it rings when a golfer is attempting a putt, you may be escorted off the grounds (or hit on the head with a putter). If you have a pager, make sure it is on vibrate. Radios, televisions, signs, banners, ladders, coolers and beverages (including alcoholic) are also forbidden. Any of these items may be confiscated so rather than push your luck, leave them in the car. Because of heightened security, no bags or backpacks will be permitted. Purses are subject to inspection. You can bring folding chairs, but leave the carrying case behind. Cameras and video cameras are not permitted.

What's New

Longtime tournament goers will notice a few changes this year. A 24-foot high international entryway greets the public. A new access road to on-site parking should help ease congestion and traffic flow. The Michelob ULTRA Grove, located between the third hole and sixth tee, features massage chairs. Concession stands offer Wolfgang Puck cuisine. The pavilion club overlooking the 17th tee has been renovated, complete with air conditioning and large screen TVs. Public bleachers have been installed at the first tee. Twice as many and larger shuttle buses are available.