WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Thousands of people from all across the country are visiting the Crestview Country Club in northeast Wichita for the city's 34th annual Wichita open.

"I love being out here. This is an environment I can really thrive in," said Jacob Middleton who was one of many golf fans walking the grounds on the tournament's opening day.

He said his favorite part is watching the players' swings and talking to people who love golf as much as he does.

"I'm very happy that Wichita has the capability and capacity to pull off an event like this," he said.

There were people of all ages out Thursday morning watching the players compete. Ten-year-old Camden and his grandpa were standing on the sidelines watching it all unfold.

"We go to golf courses together," he said.

His grandpa has been to the tournament before but this was Camden's first time. His grandpa said it was special to have this memory with him.

"I like the view and stuff like when you're driving around the golf course," said Camden.

He and his grandpa both agree their favorite part is the beautiful views.

The tournament isn't only a fun time for golf lovers but it's also important to the city. It brings thousands of people from all across the country to Wichita and generates 7.5 million dollars for the local economy.

"We love having people come here and get to experience our awesome community," said Jemelle Holopirek with Visit Wichita.

She said when people are coming to the tournament they're staying in the city's hotels, eating at its restaurants, visiting its attractions, and all that money goes back to Wichita.

The tournament kicked off Thursday and runs until Sunday. Even under the hot summer sun people were smiling ear to ear while taking in the event they've been waiting all year for.

"It is Wichita wrapping their arms around the Wichita Open like they always do and giving the players and the PGA staff a first class experience," said the tournament's director Dusty Buell.

In addition to watching the golfers, there's food, drink, merch, and yard games.