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Going to this week’s PGA stop in Kentucky? Here are five must-visit spots on the course.

No. 18 on the Champions course at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville is unusual on the PGA Tour in that it’s a par-3 hole.
No. 18 on the Champions course at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville is unusual on the PGA Tour in that it’s a par-3 hole. cbertram@herald-leader.com

The PGA Tour rolls into Central Kentucky this week when the Barbasol Championship tees off on the Champions course at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville on Thursday.

With so many talented golfers competing, fans might have a tough time deciding who to follow or where to position themselves on the course to get the most out of their viewing experience. With that in mind, here are five spots on the course that spectators should be sure to visit during the tournament.

1: Area around holes No. 17 and 18.

The final hole of a PGA tournament will always be a popular spot for fans, but No. 18 at Champions offers some extra incentive. Not only is it unusual for the final hole of a PGA event to be a par-3, the sight lines around No. 18 will offer fans great views of two more holes, No. 17 and No. 9. There’s plenty of seating surrounding No. 18 and Barbasol Championship Executive Director Brooks Downing said organizers believe it’s one of the only areas on the PGA Tour where three greens can be easily viewed from one spot.

2: Area between holes No. 2 and 10.

The spectator area between these holes will provide a great view of both greens. In addition, fans can gain access to the Man O War Paddock, an air conditioned tent with food and beverages available for purchase. But plan ahead if you want to secure a seat in the Man O War Paddock. Tickets are $110 per day (including entrance to tournament) and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis at barbasolchampionshipky.com/tickets. The paddock will have several flat-screen televisions and will feature an exclusive menu not available elsewhere at the tournament.

3: The Natty Shack

Is the Man O War Paddock a bit out of your price range? Not to worry. Head just a bit down the cart path to the par-3, No. 3 hole. There you’ll find the “Natty Shack,” a bar area that will offer fans discounted beers for 30 minutes each time a golfer sinks a birdie on this particular hole. The area also offers a great view of the par-4 No. 3 hole, meaning that between the three areas of the course mentioned so far, spectators will be able to see the action on seven holes.

4: Kentucky Proud Village

Next to the green on hole No. 16, local food trucks and craft beer tents will be part of the Kentucky Proud Village, which will be open to all spectators. In addition to a ton of food and beverage options, the area will have plenty of picnic tables and chairs and will have shaded views of two holes.

5: Hole No. 12

The par-4, 462-yard No. 12 hole should make for some dramatic viewing over the tournament’s four days. Several people affiliated with Champions mentioned it when asked about the course’s most difficult holes. With multiple obstacles that make it important to keep your drive in the fairway as well as a green that’s situated atop a steep incline, the 12th hole could be a great spot for fans to witness seismic shifts in the leaderboard first-hand.

PGA Barbasol Championship schedule of events

At Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville

Monday, July 16

Player practice (Course closed to the public)

Tuesday, July 17

Gates open: 7 a.m.

Player practice (Free admittance to the public)

Wednesday, July 18

Gates open: 7 a.m.

Player practice (Free admittance to the public)

Tournament Pro-Am

Thursday-Sunday, July 19-22

Gates open: 7:30 a.m.

Barbasol Championship (tee times TBA)

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