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What to know before heading to the Chubb Classic golf tournament in Naples

Editor's Note: Corrected Community Night is Saturday instead of Friday.

Naples' original professional golf tour event is back for the 33rd time this week.

The PGA Tour Champions' Chubb Classic, which started way back in 1988 at The Club Pelican Bay with Gary Player winning it, will be at The Classics Country Club at Lely Resort for the second straight year, and third overall.

Miguel Angel Jimenez from Spain won the tournament last year, beating three-time Bernhard Langer and Olin Browne in a playoff. Jimenez' 2020 already is off to a good start. Golf's "Most Interesting Man" won the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in Hawaii. 

Spectators watch on the 18th hole during the final round of the Chubb Classic in The Classics at Lely Resort on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019.

The 78-player field features popular names such as Fred Couples, John Daly, and Bernhard Langer, with Sunday's winner taking home $240,000 from the $1.6 million purse.

Before heading out, here's a guide to what you'll need to know and what to expect once you arrive for the event that runs through Sunday.

The course is not open to the public Wednesday.

And if you have any questions, you can also call 593-3900 or go to chubbclassic.com.

More:Two-time Chubb Classic champion Fred Couples commits

And:Chubb Classic looking at extension, adds more to Taste of SW Florida

Also:Miguel Angel Jimenez beats Bernhard Langer, Olin Browne in playoff

Miguel Angel Jimenez celebrates after winning the final round of the Chubb Classic in The Classics at Lely Resort on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019.

How much are tickets? 

Lely Pass tickets include gate admission, parking, access to the Chubb Classic Expo Area, Michelob 19th Hole, premiere on-course concessions stands and 18th Green Public Bleachers. A one-day Lely Pass is $20 per ticket and valid any one (1) day, Thursday through Sunday.  A four-day Lely Pass is $40 per ticket and valid all week, Thursday through Sunday. 

A daily ticket to the Michelob Ultra Legends Lounge is $150 per ticket valid any one (1) day, Friday through Sunday. The Legends Lounge provides a birds-eye view of the 18th Green. This experience includes catered lunch, afternoon snacks and an open bar.

Spectators enjoy themselves to food and beverages inside of the "Taste of Southwest Florida" dining area during the first round of the Chubb Classic at TwinEagles Club Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 in Naples. The event highlighted local restaurants, breweries, and other products from the area.

The Taste of SW Florida ticket is $60 for a single day or $210 for a Taste of SW Florida Four Pack. Purchasers of the Four Pack will be able to select four (4) discounted Taste of SW Florida tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Kids ages 17 and under will receive complimentary admission with a ticketed adult. Active or retired military members will receive free daily admission. Valid military ID must be present upon entry.

Where do I park?

Florida Sports Park, 8520 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd. Spectators will board a complimentary shuttle that will transport them to the main tournament entrance located adjacent to the 18th Green. The parking price is included in the price of a spectator ticket.

What's there to eat? 

In addition to the usual concession fare, the Taste of SW Florida, which is a separate ticket, gives fans samples from area restaurants from Friday through Sunday..

Belgian Yummies, Bokampers, Fire & Rice, Michelbob's, Naples Flatbread Kitchen & Bar, New York Pizza & Pasta, Season's 52, The Arlington and TooJay's are the restaurants listed. 

The tournament is moving the location of Taste to a place closer to the 18th fairway where those attending can see some golf. That wasn't the case last year when it was closer to the driving range.

What can I do when I'm not watching golf?

Besides Taste of SW Florida, the tournament has added a new -- and free -- Community Celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

It features some live music, food trucks, and games, and tournament director Kevin Diaz describes it as a "block party feel."

There's also the Conditioned Air Putting Challenge, a daily contest on the putting green each day.

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Greg Hardwig is a sports reporter for the Naples Daily News and The News-Press. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @NDN_Ghardwig, email him at ghardwig@naplesnews.com. Support local journalism with this special subscription offer at https://cm.naplesnews.com/specialoffer/