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Fans’ guide to Pinehurst: Schedule, parking, what to know

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Chris Seward - cseward@newsobserver.com
A panoramic view from a lift of the green and clubhouse on the 18th hole of Pinehurst No. 2 golf course on April 14, 2014. The fairway is at right. There is distortion of perspective due to the nature of panoramic photographs.

More Information

  • Ben Crenshaw’s guide to Pinehurst No. 2 (.pdf)
  • Television

    Thursday

    9 a.m.-3 p.m.: ESPN

    3-5 p.m.: WNCN, WITN

    5-6 p.m.: ESPN2

    6 -7 p.m. or conclusion of play: ESPN

    Friday

    9 a.m.-3 p.m.: ESPN

    3-5 p.m.: WNCN, WITN

    5-7 p.m. or conclusion of play: ESPN

    Saturday

    Noon-7:30 p.m. or conclusion of play: WNCN, WITN

    Sunday

    Noon-7:30 p.m. or conclusion of play: WNCN, WITN



Schedule

Practice rounds

Wednesday

Gates open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Players generally begin between 6:45 a.m. and 3 p.m., with players remaining on the course and practice areas until 7 p.m.

Championship rounds

Thursday and Friday (rounds 1 and 2)

Gates will open 6 a.m. through conclusion of play. Play will begin at 6:45 a.m. from first and 10th tees, with the final group beginning at 2:42 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday (rounds 3 and 4)

Gates will open at 6 a.m. through conclusion of play. Play will begin between 8 and 9 a.m. from first tee. Final pairing for both days will start at about 3 p.m.

Playoff

Monday

If necessary, an 18-hole playoff will begin at approximately noon. Gates will open at 6 a.m.

Transportation

Getting to the course

Complimentary parking will be provided at the Blue lot south of Pinehurst. Complimentary shuttle bus rides are expected to take less than 15 minutes in each direction. There is no spectator or disabled spectator parking in the immediate vicinity of the golf course. All other parking is by permit only.

• Blue Lot

From Interstate 95

Exit I-95 onto N.C. 20 West in St. Pauls via Exit 31 (Raeford/Pinehurst).

From N.C. 20 West, exit onto U.S. 401 South (Business) in Raeford.

Continue on U.S. 401 (Business) until reaching NC-211 West in Raeford.

Follow N.C. 211 West for approximately 16.6 miles.

Turn right onto U.S. 15/501 North and follow for approximately 0.3 miles.

Turn left onto U.S. 1 South.

Turn right onto Roseland Road and follow signage to the Blue Lot.

For more information, go to www.usopen.com (click “Know Before You Go” tab) for travel updates and maps.

Passenger, taxi, limo drop-off: There is a designated area for passenger, taxi and limo drop-offs for vehicles with 12 passengers or less off Midland Road (N.C. 2) near the traffic circle, a short walk to Gate 3. There is no staging or parking at this area.

Spectator information

Tickets

There is limited ticket availability for both tournaments, including practice rounds. They can be purchased at www.usopen.com. Children 12 and younger enter the championship free with a ticket-holding adult.

Will call

Will Call facilities will be at primary admission gates. Photo identification will be required.

Through Sunday: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Weather

If hazardous weather conditions approach, special “weather warning” signs will be posted on leader boards. When the sign appears, spectators are advised to take immediate precautions (including clearing grandstands) prior to play being suspended.

In the event of a weather warning, avoid open areas, hilltops, high places, isolated trees, golf carts and wire fences. If play is suspended, indicated by one prolonged air-horn blast, please close your umbrella and seek shelter. In the event of a suspension of play, grandstands will be cleared immediately. Please note that play will resume as soon as conditions allow.

Check www.usopen.com for weather delays prior to entering the gates.

Merchandise pavilion

Located in Putter Boy Plaza at Gate 1 (main entrance). A satellite tent near the clubhouse and practice range will be open for the U.S. Open only.

Hours of operation:

• Through Sunday: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

• June 17-22: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Know Before You Go

At www.usopen.com you can find the “Know Before You Go” section that provides daily ticket, transportation, parking, security and general event information each day.

On site

Autographs: Not permitted on the course during championship and practice rounds.

Cameras: Allowed only during practice rounds. No photography is permitted during a player’s swing.

First-aid stations: Located in Putter Boy Plaza, next to the practice range and right of the second hole (U.S. Open only).

Lost and found: Located at Gate 1 (main entrance).

Putter Boy Plaza

This area for fans (inside the gates) will include the American Express Swing Zone and Golf Fitness Studio, free tournament radio distribution, photo opportunities at the Lexus Performance Drive Center, and chances to interact with players through both weeks. The Chevron STEM Zone will teach the science behind the game of golf – from the physics of the swing to why a ball has dimples.

Prohibited items

• Cellphones, PDAs, tablets and/or other portable email devices.

• Noise-producing electronic devices, including MP3 players.

• Cameras (other than Monday through Wednesday for personal

photographic use).

• Video recording at any time with any device.

• Backpacks, briefcases and/or bags larger than 6” W x 6” H x 6” D in their natural state (Note: Transparent/clear plastic hand and shoulder bags smaller than 12” W x 12” H x 6” D are permitted).

• Cases and/or covers (such as camera cases or chair/umbrella covers).

• Signs, posters and/or banners.

• Televisions and/or radios unless provided by the USGA.

• Food and/or beverages except for medical or infant needs.

• Containers and/or coolers except for medical or infant needs.

• Pets (other than service animals assisting disabled individuals).

• Lawn chairs and/or oversized chairs (only portable compact chairs are permitted).

• Bicycles inside admission areas or on the championship grounds.

• Ladders and/or step-stools or other similar items.

• Metal-spiked golf shoes.

• Fireworks, explosives and/or weapons (regardless of permit, including but not limited to, firearms or knives), other items deemed unlawful or dangerous by the USGA and/or championship security personnel, in their sole discretion.

Safety and etiquette

• Stay behind gallery ropes and follow directions of championship marshals at all times.

• Do not cross fairways except at designated crosswalk areas.

• Be considerate of others and kneel or sit if you are in the front row of the gallery.

• Stay quiet and stand still when players are about to hit or when instructed by marshals.

• To ensure your safety at all times, walk carefully and never run.

• The U.S. Opens involve substantial walking on grassy hills, dirt paths and other uneven surfaces. Please wear appropriate footwear such as sneakers.

• Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

• Spectators will be subject to expulsion and the loss of ticket privileges for the following breach of etiquette:

Making rude, vulgar or other inappropriate comments or gestures.

Verbal or physical harassment of players, volunteers, officials or spectators.

Distracting a player or any disruption of play.

Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, unsafe or illegal in nature.

Failing to follow the instructions of a championship official, volunteer or security personnel.

On your mobile phone: A U.S. Open app is available on iPhone, iPad and Android, including scoring and other information. Downloads are available via iTunes, Google Play or via mobile devices at www.usga.org/mobile

U.S. Open Experience

Tufts Park, Village of Pinehurst

Nightly free programs to introduce fans to Pinehurst’s local culture and flavor. Most activities are scheduled beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday

A Tribute to Payne Stewart

7:30 p.m.: 1999 U.S. Open Championship (closing holes)

8:30 p.m.: Opening remarks

9 p.m.: “One Moment in Time” Documentary Film

Wednesday

A Tribute to the Military

7:30 p.m.: Freedom’s Groove Jazz Combo

8:30 p.m.: Opening remarks / Recognition of active duty and retired military generals and commanders

8:50 p.m.: The 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus

9:30 p.m.: The Loose Cannons Rock Band

Thursday

“Spirit of the U.S. Open” Film Series

8:30 p.m.: Opening remarks

8:45 p.m.: Spirit of the U.S. Open – Film 1

9:15 p.m.: Media panel discussion

9:45 p.m.: Spirit of the U.S. Open – Film 2

Friday

Honoring the State of North Carolina

8:30 p.m.: Seating of guests

9 p.m.: Opening remarks

9:20 p.m.: Performance by the North Carolina Symphony

Saturday

A Night for the Village

8:30 p.m.: Mass Pipe Band Music Parade

9 p.m.: Mass Pipe Band Music Ensemble

June 15

U.S. Open Final Round Viewing

Noon: Live Viewing

Source: U.S. Golf Association

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