It’s PGA Memorial Tournament week here in Dublin, Ohio!  It is our city’s largest and most recognizable annual event.  We look forward to it all year.  This year’s event promises to be exciting—with the majority of the top 10 money winners on the PGA tour participating,Dublin Ohio PGA Memorial starting on Thursday morning when the first round begins.

My kids are already out of school and I want to go to the Tournament – should I hire a babysitter? No way! Bring them along! The Memorial is great fun for kids – especially since children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult.  We love to watch the golf together while sitting under a shady tree.  Then we can go for a walk along our favorite holes. We like hole #12 because the kids can see everything and there is always plenty of action to watch.  Be sure to visit hole #16 this year – it’s amazing how they’ve changed that hole.  While it’s still a Par 3 hole, they’ve added a lake in front of the link—so there is no way to get to the green without going over the water. Talk about a challenge!

Another fun activity for kids is the Junior Golf Clinic held at Safari Golf Club today, Wednesday June 1. This free event (please bring a canned food donation to help the Mid-Ohio Food Bank) gives great instruction on the game of golf and starts at 5:30 p.m. The first 500 kids will receive a gift bag and there is a chance to win two Patron Badges!

If your kids are autograph hunters – the players will sometimes sign autographs after they have finished playing their round. (Remember, kids under the age 12 with an accompanying adult can attend the Tournament all week long for free!)

 While you and your family are in Dublin, Ohio, there are lots of family friendly things to do.  Be sure to visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium –named the #1 Zoo in nation by USA Travel Guide.  If time allows, include a visit to Zoombezi Bay—the Zoo’s 22.5 acre water park featuring 17 state-of-the-art water slides, a HUGE wave pool and a pirate ship!  Then, include a tour of Phoenix Bats—the only Pro-approved wood bat manufacturer in Ohio. As a special offer this week, you can save $2 off the tour fee and 10% off any purchase when you show your Memorial Tournament badge. Special tour times: Wed, Thurs and Friday (June 1-3) at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. (Call for details: 614/873-7776 )  

Have fun this week and be sure to wear your sunscreen! For more information, visit the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website.

~Post by Katie