I will admit, when Tiger Woods announced he wasn’t going to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational- I wasn’t sure what to do.

I knew I would probably not go to the pro-am but how else would I set my day. I didn’t really know what to do with the freedom.

Well, I found ways, lots of ways. Here I thought…oh I’ll spend 4 hours on the course each day and follow whomever.

Thursday, Friday and Sunday I was there from sun up to sun down. Saturday was cut short because I had tickets to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Twice I sat on the bleachers on 18. What an amazing view up the fairway. All these years, I’ve never made it to the bleachers! When Tiger plays, bleacher spots are gone hours before his tee time on 1!

I was invited to hang out at the Club 8 tent. Tent access gives you a bird’s eye view of the green on 8 and tee box on 2. The free food and bar is a bonus too. I actually spent a couple of hours in the tent. Who knew?

I walked the course at my leisure. Not having to dodge throngs of people or beat the ropes going up at the next hole. But the best part was actually getting to the tee box on 16! What an amazing view!

While I’m grateful to have had these new experiences, I don’t want to go much longer without wearing red and black on Sunday.

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