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Finishing Touches Underway at RTO

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The final preparations are underway for the Reno-Tahoe Open, at Montreux Golf and Country Club. There is still a lot going on behind the scenes and officials say the course is in great shape. The set up actually started three-and-a-half weeks ago and officials are definitely excited.

"This is my favorite week of the year," RTO Operations Manager Aaron Klein said. "I've worked here for five years, now, and I look forward to it, every year. It's a lot of fun, a lot of people coming out. It's a great time, a great event for our community."

Many of the pros are also taking advantage of what little time is left before the RTO begins, golfing some practice rounds and checking out how the greens are playing.

Meanwhile, crews are putting the finishing touches on hospitality tents with seating and decorations, and food and beverage. The peninsula on the 18th green has a new venue this year, called "The Shack," where the lawn is being painted in a pattern that resembles a design from one of its sponsors, Loudmouth Golf.

With around 60,000 people expected to come through the gates throughout the week, a lot of detail goes into setting up an event of this size.

"I've heard an analogy, one time, that setting up a golf tournament is similar to setting up a temporary town," Klein said. "You need security, transportation, food and beverage, restrooms, communications, any aspect that goes into having a small town."

Everything gets started, Wednesday, with the Pro Am. The tournament starts Thursday morning. Once the RTO wraps up, it will take about two weeks to tear everything down and clean it up.

For more information on the tournament, go to http://www.renotahoeopen.com/

Written by Paul Nelson

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