Last year, fans said goodbye to the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational before it moved from Akron to Memphis, but Firestone Country Club wouldn't be left without a replacement.

"We're really excited to start a new era of professional golf," Bridgestone Senior Players Executive Director Don Padgett III said.

The legends would be coming here, for the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship. There's just a few days left before the course becomes the host of one of the five majors on the PGA Tour Champions.

"Northeast Ohio has always supported golf here," Padgett said. "It's our 66th year of having professional golf. Anybody that's been great at golf has won here. We look forward to crowning a great champion here on July 14."

Tens of thousands are expected to show up to to this year's event, although it's still too early to tell just how it will compare to last year. Residents nearby say the excitement is still there.

"Nice to see a different crowd, but also familiar faces," Peggy Page, who's been selling parking spots on her front lawn for about 30 years, said. "I know there's one guy that's parked here since the '90s and he's coming back."

Today, Page's lawn is set up for a yard sale, but by mid-week, it'll be clear and ready for cars looking for a parking space near the golf course.

"Golfers are golfers," she said. "They attend the events they want to go to no matter if it's here or there. They choose where they want to go."

It's a new event with new features: The Water Tower Club will be the home to live music and food, and the tour will make room for a more personal feel with players.

"They're at a different stage in their career and a lot more generous with their time," Padgett explained. "So as far as fans being able to get autographs, take pictures,...the Friday chat with legends, those are some new things this year that we're really looking forward to."

It's a new era filled with hopes that this will be another hole in one for the community.