Golfing enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts will join forces at The Grange Golf Club for three days from April 21 to watch world-class golfers in action for LIV Golf. But what is LIV Golf, and what’s all the hype about?
What is LIV Golf?
It’s golf, but louder! In the same way cricket introduced the Big Bash League and the AFL attempted AFLX, LIV Golf is here to modernise and supercharge the world of golf. It is made for those who love the game already and those who are just starting to journey to the green.
LIV Golf builds on the existing format of professional golf and adds a drive of entertainment.
It introduces a party-vibe at the 12th hole – known as the Watering Hole – and shotgun starts, meaning teams tee off from holes all around the golf course at the same time, so there’s always something happening no matter where spectators stand.
Okay, so it’s like golf with a party vibe, but how does it differ from other tours?
According to organisers, LIV Golf is the first truly global golf league. There are 14 tournaments in seven countries, and the golfing hot shots aim to take home the LIV Golf League Individual Championship and Team Championship.
It includes 12 teams, 48 players, no cuts and shotgun starts.
If you don’t know what ‘no cuts’ means, unlike other golf tours where the bottom players are cut from the tournament and go home empty-handed, that doesn’t happen in LIV Golf. This means your team – or favourite player – will stick around for the weekend.
There’s a lot of buzz around hosting it in Adelaide. Here’s why it’s so exciting.
The Adelaide event is the first LIV Golf tournament in Australia. South Australians get to experience and watch world-class golfers compete on Australian soil for the first time. There will be entertainment, with Birds of Tokyo and Electric Fields, alongside DJ FISHER, headlining the weekend.
How to make the most of LIV Golf.
Move around! Golf isn’t a seated spectator sport.You can watch the whole event and get your steps up simultaneously. The course for LIV Golf includes 18 holes, each with a theme. Hot tip: The Watering Hole is the place to be for lively action and entertainment.
Five tips to being a spectator at LIV Golf
1. Don’t touch the ball
A player cannot touch or pick up the ball until it enters the hole. That goes for spectators, too. If a ball happens to roll between your feet, don’t touch it. You’ll know what we mean if you’ve ever watched Happy Gilmore.
2. Move around the course and visit all the holes
It’s the best way to get the full experience. Pick a team for a couple of holes, and then try another.
3. Get a map of the course
For those who have been to The Grange Golf Club before, you may not recognise it during the event. Grab a map to make the most of your days there. You can download the map here.
4. Know your players
Or at least the big names. Keep an eye on the likes of Cameron Smith, Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson as some of the champions attending LIV Golf Adelaide over the weekend.
5. Choose your position
The 12th hole’s under-cover ‘tee box’ or ‘the green’ are the two best places to watch a hole. You can stay in the tee box for several groups and watch them launch a ball down the fairway. You can then get up close and personal by the green to watch a team hit a few shots.