Many of the top golfers in the game will compete next week in the Memorial Tournament, held annually since 1976 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin. Practice rounds start Monday, June 1, and the real deal runs Thursday-Sunday.

Many of the top golfers in the game will compete next week in the Memorial Tournament, held annually since 1976 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin. Practice rounds start Monday, June 1, and the real deal runs Thursday-Sunday.

The field of 120 will be announced at 5 p.m. Friday. During the past three years, the tournament known as the Masters of the Midwest has attracted at least six golfers ranked in the world's top 10. Watching televised action unfold is fun, but this beautiful, viewer-friendly course is meant to be experienced live.

Here's your guide from tee to green.

How to get in

Those without a generous corporate employer - or a good friend with one - can still buy tickets. If you just want a few days in the sun, a pass to practice rounds Monday-Wednesday costs only $30. Weekly badges cost $155 and provide access to grounds Monday-Sunday. Adding clubhouse privileges bumps the badge price to $235.

What to bring

Wear casual golf attire with comfortable walking shoes (soft spikes are OK). Many spectators bring an umbrella and a small, low-sitting chair with no arms. Leave cameras, electronic devices, coolers, pets, weapons and large bags in the car.

Where to watch

Muirfield is a gem that's more polished every year, and founder Jack Nicklaus designed it for spectators. After sunup, stake out a spot beside the picturesque creek that runs along the No. 2 fairway. Around lunchtime, friendly (but officially illegal) wagering awaits near the 12th green. At dusk, take a seat in bleachers set up behind the No. 15 tee box.

How to behave

Watching golf live isn't as tricky as you might think. Don't talk or walk around when players are lining up shots. Stay outside the ropes. Applaud after good shots. Never ask for autographs during a round. For other cues, follow the lead of other spectators and officials. Most of all, enjoy yourself.

Click to the Venture blog at ColumbusAlive.com for more on the golfers to watch at this year's Memorial