What is the EPSON Tour?
The Epson Tour is the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour and is known as the “Road to the LPGA.” With the support of its umbrella partner, Epson, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young professional female golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Since Epson’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2022, the Tour has grown substantially, with prize money totaling $4 million over the course of 20+ tournaments.
The LPGA’s new marketing campaign promotes “Drive On,” which is clearly rooted in golf and captures the power and potential in women. The campaign promotes women’s golf while capturing the passion, motivation, perseverance, and pursuit of goals and the vision to achieve. “It’s about motivating the power of big dreams and the resolve to defy convention and stereotypes.”
What does this tournament bring to our community?
Ol’ Colony Golf is pleased to host the second Annual Tuscaloosa Toyota Classic. Last year marked the Tournament's inaugural year, bringing the first ever professional women’s golf tournament to Tuscaloosa in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Title IX. According to key findings presented by the 2022 Epson Tour, there were over 240 articles written about the Tournament, in ten different languages reaching 22 countries, generating over $1.6 million in media/PR value.
Additionally, the Tournament allows for community education and support through sponsorship. This sponsorship empowers businesses to connect with and give back to their community and ultimately builds quality of life and supports a positive vision for the future.
This Tournament also provides a one-of-a-kind championship golf experience open to the public. Admission is free!
What are the dates/hours of the tournament?
The tournament competition begins on Friday, September 29, with the final round concluding on Sunday, October 1. Competition is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. until approximately 6:00 p.m. throughout the Tournament. View a detailed schedule here.
What is the cost to get in? Is there a minimum age to enter?
Spectators of all ages are welcome and admission is free and open to the public. Youth under the age of 15 should be accompanied by a responsible adult or parent. Volunteers are required to register and pay $25 in advance to receive an assignment. The fee includes a tournament polo, hat/visor, plus more. Click here to register as a volunteer.
Do I need a ticket to get in and where do I enter?
Tickets are not required as there is no cost to watch the tournament. However, there are sponsored/ticketed special events during the tournament which will require a ticket. Please enter through the club house before entering the course.
Can I enter the tents that are set up onsite?
Tented areas are not open to the public and are reserved for players, tournament officials, and sponsored events only.
What are expected manners on the golf course?
As a courtesy, we ask that you do not make sudden movements or loud noises to distract competing golfers while they are in the process of completing their shots on the course.
Cell phones should be silenced while on the course.
Do not touch or remove golf balls from the course during the competition.
If someone yells, “FORE,” they are alerting others to be aware that a ball has been hit towards other golfers and/or spectators. Be cognizant of your surroundings, as a ball may be moving toward you.
What should I wear/bring?
The golden rule on the golf course is to wear a shirt with a collar. Docker-style shorts or slacks, golf skirts or skorts, and other weather appropriate apparel is ideal. Comfortable shoes such as sneakers are recommended.
You may want to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a rain jacket, depending on the weather.
Folding chairs are allowed.
Where do I park?
Spectator parking is available in the designated field adjacent to the entrance and reserved parking area. Signage and parking attendants will be onsite to direct you to the proper area. You should expect to walk a short distance to the club house and throughout the course.
What about ADA accessibility?
For spectators who are not able to walk the course but would like to watch, accessible areas are designated at the hole 1 and 10 tees and hole 9 and 18 greens, via the cart path. Handicap parking is available with an official handicap parking license plate or disability access placard.
Where can I purchase food?
The Bounce Back Grille, located in the Ol’ Colony Club House, will have food and beverages available for purchase.
Where can I purchase beer/alcohol?
Beer and alcohol, with proper ID, will be available onsite at the Bounce Back Grille.
Can I purchase tournament merchandise?
Yes, tournament branded polos and other golf apparel will be available for purchase in the Ol’ Colony Pro Shop.
What types of payment will be accepted onsite?
The Pro Shop and Bounce Back Grille will both accept cash, Mastercard, or Visa. There will also be three snack carts set up along the course. The cart located between hole six and 16 will also accept cash, Mastercard, or Visa, but the other two carts will be cash only.
Can I bring my own food and beverage?
Outside food and beverages are not allowed on the golf course.
Where are the spectator areas?
Spectator areas are located throughout the golf course as indicated by way finding signs. These areas allow for best viewing and safety. Please do not encroach on fairways, greens, driving range, or tents without authorization.
Will the driving range be open to watch the players practice?
Yes, the driving range will be open during the hours of 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. We encourage spectators interested in photo opportunities to approach players after they finish their time on the driving range.
Where are the restrooms?
Restroom facilities are available in the club house and at hole numbers 4, 7, and 12. Portable units will also be available on the course.
Can I drive a golf cart on the course? What if I bring my own golf cart to the tournament?
During the tournament, all golf carts will be reserved and utilized by players and/or tournament officials. You should expect to walk the course. Outside carts will not be allowed on the course at any time and are strictly prohibited.
Is there a youth clinic?
Yes! A youth clinic is available for girls and boys playing on local middle and high school golf teams. Participants should register by contacting the golf coach at their respective schools.
Are pets allowed? What if I just want to walk my dog?
Pets are not allowed on the golf course. The Will May Dog Park and other walking paths/trails are available at nearby Sokol Park. There is also a paved walking path located on Randall Parkway, which surrounds the northeast perimeter of the golf course along Northridge Road.
Will players be available for autographs and photos?
Spectators are encouraged to approach players prior to or after completing their round, or as they leave the range or putting green. Golfer availability is usually better at the end of each round.
Are cell phones allowed on the course? Can I take photos and videos?
Cell phones are allowed but should be silenced on the course at all times. Spectators are welcome to take photos/videos and are encouraged to post using the hashtags #TuscaloosaToyotaClassic and #Road2LPGA.
Is Wi-Fi accessible on the course?
Wi-Fi is only available in the area of the club house. There is no service along the course.
How can I follow the tournament on social media?
The Tuscaloosa Toyota Classic presented by Pepsi has a Facebook and Instagram account.
Are members of the media required to apply for tournament media credentials?
Yes, a media ID is required to access the media tent, media parking, and more. Please email Becky Booker, Media Relations, for more information and to obtain media credentials.