Be the ultimate Dick's Sporting Goods Open fan

By Jillian Marshall

August 16, 2013 Updated Aug 16, 2013 at 11:35 PM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Thousands will pack En-Joie Golf Club his weekend to watch the game, gather with friends and share good times. But there are some things to keep in mind in order to have the ultimate Champions Tour experience.

The first day of the Champions Tour kicked off Friday bringing fans from throughout the region and beyond.

Fans say if you have a favorite player, follow him through the course, but always stay a little ahead of the pace so you can watch him put.

But, if you don't have a favorite, tournament director John Karedes says to find a good vantage point on the course so you can watch multiple holes at once.

Karedes says a long-time fan secret is to sit behind the 5th hole. Spectator Timothy McQuaid agrees.

"It's a good spot because you have two greens right here, you have two different tee boxes. You get a good way out of the course and you can see down the fairways and the guys approaching and then teeing off," McQuaid said.

Watching all the golf can make fans hungry. The gathering on the main concourse featured Friday hundreds of fans standing in line to eat one Southern Tier staple: Chicken spiedies.

After eating, try to get your favorite golfer's autograph by standing at the club house entrance. Organizers say after the golfers finish the 18th hole they will walk past the club house and are typically available for autographs.

Organizers are reminding fans that outside food and beverages are prohibited. Also, make sure you bring a small bag because bags will be searched. Pets are not allowed, but cell phones are this year; just make sure they're in the off or vibrate position.

"There's something for everybody. It should be a great weekend, the weather is tremendous. Great food, great people, come on down and enjoy yourself." Karedes said.

The Dick's Sporting Goods Open runs throughout the weekend.