Before You Head Out
MAKE SURE YOU ARE PREPARED FOR A GOOD DAY
We are pleased you have chosen to join us for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. The following tips will help you maximize the experience your while maintaining an atmosphere for all to enjoy this world-class event here in Fort Worth. We thank you the fans for spending time with us to watch the very best in golf.
Security update from Crowne Plaza invitational at colonial
As you know, the PGA TOUR and Colonial have always maintained thorough security procedures at our property entry points during the Tournament. In light of recent events, all security staff will be extra vigilant for everyone's safety and comfort. It is important to remember no backpacks, large purses or bags will be permitted on property or in the clubhouse during the tournament. In addition, all small bags and purses will be inspected at our entry points. Persons trying to enter the Front Door of the Clubhouse with a bag or purse will be referred to the Hogan Plaza entry gate for inspection. In an effort to alleviate any delay upon entry to the clubhouse, we suggest ladies carry only essential items needed in a small purse and enter through the side entrance located off the Hogan Plaza. Again, all bags and purses will not be allowed through the front doors.
Please remember these important security guidelines as you plan to attend the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Many items are not allowed into the tournament grounds. PLEASE LEAVE THESE ITEMS AT HOME OR LOCKED IN YOUR CAR TO AVIOD ANY ISSUE AT THE MAIN GATES.
The following items are prohibited and NOT permitted on course all week during the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial:
- Large purses, packages or bags or backpacks
- Large chairs. Small chairs or stools are permitted
- Cameras (not permitted Thursday-Sunday)
- Coolers; plastic or glass containers
- Beverages of anytype both alcoholic and non-alcholic
These items will be confiscated and/or searched if brought to the tournament. All small purses and bags are subject to search. These important rules ensure your safety and prevent tournament disruption.
Find out when you favorite player tees off, Thurs - Sun
Thursday and Friday pairings are determined on Tuesday before the tournament begins, with each golfer playing one day in the morning and the other day in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday pairings are based on a player's score, with the leaders teeing off last. Free daily pairing sheets will also be available at the tournament.
Pro-am tee times for Monday and Wednesday will also be posted on the website the night before, and printed in the morning newspapers. There are no pre-scheduled times for practice rounds on Tuesday – players come and go all day.
Public park-and-shuttle lots are available at nearby Farrington Field and TCU football stadium. For spectators attending the Monday Pro-Am, Youth Clinic & Concert or Tuesday practice rounds on those two days, only the TCU lot is available and there is no charge, and no admission ticket required for the course.
Beginning Wednesday the parking charge is $10 per vehicle, at both lots, and a credential is required for access to the grounds for anyone 13 or older. There is an informational video on the shuttle that will help maximize your experience at the tournament. Purchase Daily or Weekly Parking.
If you are coming from north of the golf course, Farrington Field is closer and quicker. If you are coming from south of the golf course, the TCU stadium would be closer and quicker. See the maps, specific directions and alternate routes under a separate tab on this site - MAPS, DIRECTIONS AND PARKING. To reach the TCU parking, turn right off of University onto Cantey and then left at Stadium drive. The Farrington Field lot is located on the east side of University Drive, across from the Will Rogers Memorial Complex and Casa Manana Theater, between Lancaster and Crestline.
If you need to go by Will Call, you must do this first, before parking your car to go to the tournament. See more Will Call details, and map, click for Will Call location map.
Handicap Parking - Both of our public parking lots have plenty of spaces to accommodate handicap parking near the shuttle bus loading zones. If you have a Handicap Parking sticker, simply drive directly to the lot of your choosing, Farrington Field or TCU.
Our Will Call office is located offsite, on Rogers Road, but still conveniently near the event. If you are picking up credentials from Will Call, you must drive there first, and only after picking up your badges, then drive to park your car in order to ride the shuttle to the course main entrance. Will Call is not located at the course or course entrance. The shuttle does not pass by or stop at Will Call. DO NOT RIDE A PARKING LOT SHUTTLE BUS TO THE GOLF COURSE ENTRANCE, because WILL CALL IS NOT LOCATED THERE. Also, there are no ticket sales at Will Call.
Hours of operation:
PLEASE NOTE: NO TICKET SALES AT WILL CALL.
PLEASE CALL (817) 927-4337 DURING OPERATING HOURS FOR MORE INFO, BEFORE YOU DEPART.
Arrive early and stay late!
Arrive early to claim a spot in a popular area, especially if you plan on watching the tournament from a stationary position. Plus, mornings at Colonial are particular enjoyable, with the birds chirping and the squirrels foraging. On Thursday and Friday only, groups simultaneously start on the 1st and 10th holes, and are thus spread throughout the course all day. Many people watch the action on the back nine holes, which can give savvy spectators the opportunity to get a better view of players while they are on the front nine holes. On Saturday and Sunday, after the cut, all players will start from the 1st hole.
Daily Pairings Sheets and Course Map
Pick up a daily pairing sheet for a course map and standings, and to find out when the players tee off. Pairing sheets are available near entrances in the Crowne Plaza Lobby and at "Tournament Information" locations on the tournament grounds. The map will help you locate concessions stands, restrooms, first aid stations, and other on-course services.
The professionals usually play in threesomes on Thursday and Friday and twosomes on the weekends. Check the scoreboards when you arrive, to find out who the leaders are and where they are on course. One way to tell the players from the front or from a distance is to look for their caddies, who wear color-coded vests (with their player's name on the back). Each caddie in the group will have a different color-trimmed vest. Next to each group’s listing in the Pairings Sheet is an indicator of which caddie is wearing which vest that day, so you can quickly determine which group or player you are looking at.
What are you wearing?
Be sure to check the weather to determine proper apparel. Always bring a rain jacket or poncho if there is a chance of precipitation, and wear light colored and cool clothing on sunny days. Also, be sure to wear comfortable shoes, preferably with flatter soles that will make for easier walking on uneven terrain. Stay hydrated as temperatures often exceed 90 degrees.
Practice Rounds, a best kept secret
Many spectators like to watch the professionals practice just before or after their rounds. The practice range is located on the front nine, between holes 3, 4 and 5. This is where players practice their metal woods and irons. The practice putting green is located near the 10th tee, in the middle of the golf course. This is where they practice their chipping and putting.
Spectators are expected to preserve an atmosphere with behavior that is appropriate for any gender or age. Please assist us in preserving an enjoyable atmosphere for all and report inappropriate behavior.
All the tournament contestants are invited guests of Colonial, and should be treated with courtesy and respect. As the great Bobby Jones said, “In golf, customs of etiquette and decorum are just as important as rules governing play.” It is appropriate for spectators to applaud or cheer successful strokes by a player, but excessive demonstrations are not appropriate because of possible effect on other competitors. Spectators should never applaud or cheer the misfortune or misplay by a competitor. Spectators should remain quiet immediately prior to and throughout a player’s swing or putt, withholding any reaction until a swing or putting stroke is completely finished.
If following a group or player from hole to hole, spectators should remain still until all players in that group have completed their shots, or putts on the green, and then move on to the next shot or hole.
Stay behind the gallery ropes and cooperate with the course Marshals and all other tournament or PGA Tour officials. Kneel or sit down if you are in the front row of a group of spectators.
If requesting a player’s autograph, on tournament days, you should not ask until after his round is completed. There is a designated player autograph area local outside the lockerroom behind 18 green.
Security check point and storage
A Check Stand is located inside the main entrance, is available for patrons to leave their items in a safe location while enjoying the tournament. Any prohibited items must be checked here as well. It’s always better to just leave those things at home or in your car.
Please remember these important security guidelines as you plan to attend the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Folding chairs are permitted along the gallery rope-line. Many items are not allowed into the tournament grounds. You should leave them at home or lock them in your car trunk.
These items will be confiscated and/or searched if brought to the tournament. All small purses and bags are subject to search. These important rules ensure your safety and prevent tournament disruption. Though cameras are not allowed during tournament play, they are encouraged Monday-Wednesday, during pro-ams and practice.
PGA TOUR Mobile Device Policy
• You must silence your mobile phone, Blackberry or PDA at all times.
• Taking or making calls is only permitted in designated cell phone zones at marked concession areas or indoors, away from play.
• Mobile devices are not permitted for picture taking or video (except still photos allowed Mon-Wed only)
• Violation may result in confiscation of mobile device, or your removal from tournament.
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Autograph items (what to bring and what not to bring)
Posters and autograph items larger than 8" x 12" should not be brought to the tournament. Clipboards are prohibited. On tournament days, you should not ask a pro for his autograph until after his round is completed.
- Tickets/badges must be prominently displayed at all times.
- Wear headgear and sunglasses for protection from the sun, and use sunblock.
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
- Familiarize yourself with the First Aid Stations located on-site.
- ATMs can be found near the Golf Shop, the 10th Tee and 13th green.
- Stay behind the gallery ropes and cooperate with the course Marshals.
- Kneel or sit down if you are in the front row.
- Remain still and quiet through each shot and do not move until all players in the group have played or completed the hole.
- Walk carefully—never run.
In the event of an emergency, contact any uniformed tournament Marshal or Law Enforcement personnel in order to expedite medical assistance.