The Pinehurst Opens: What to know before you go

Jun. 08, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

For golf fans who will be seeing some or all of the historic back-to-back U.S. Open Championships, the feat never before tried in the nation's golf history has a healthy number of logistical strokes for spectators to follow for the next two weeks in and around the Village of Pinehurst and Pinehurst No. 2.

Beginning Monday and lasting through June 22, the final round of the U.S. Women's Open Championship, the gates will open to spectators at 6 p.m.

First, there's getting to the course. From U.S. 15/501 South, spectators will park in the Red Lot. From 15/501, turn right onto N.C. 73 West and go 3.4 miles. Turn right onto Beulah Hill Church Road and follow the signs to the lot.

The Blue Lot is south of Pinehurst Resort. It will be the only lot open for the U.S. Women's Open week.

From U.S. 1 traveling south, drivers should continue on Route 1 through Aberdeen and turn right onto Roseland Road, then follow signs to the Blue Lot.

Shuttle buses will take fans to the gate. Shuttle rides are expected to take less than 15 minutes from either lot.

Spectators will go through security screening prior to entering the grounds. Prohibited items include: cell phones, PDAs, tablets, any noise-producing electronic devices, no video recording devices, signs, posters, banners, televisions, radios, food or beverage - except for medical or infant needs - pets, lawn chairs, oversized chairs, bikes, ladders, step-stools, metal-spiked golf shoes, fireworks, explosives and weapons.

No backpacks, cases or bags larger than 6 inches by 6 inches by 6 inches are allowed. Clear plastic hand or shoulder bags smaller than 12 inches wide by 12 inches high by 6 inches deep are allowed.

The USGA encourages all gallery members to drink plenty of fluids before and during the day to prevent dehydration and wear comfortable footwear appropriate for a good deal of walking. Fans should consider using hats and sunscreen.

Cameras will be allowed only on practice round days; Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each week.

The USGA has a no-autograph policy while players are on the course - which is considered from the time a player is heading to the first tee until the completion of a round. This policy applies to practice rounds as well.

First aid stations will be located in Putter Boy Plaza, adjacent to the practice range, along the right of the second hole and along the right of the 12th hole. Emergency medical technicians will be staffing the stations. The stations will serve as cooling stations and complimentary water will be provided at the stations. If a medical emergency arises, spectators should notify a volunteer or USGA official.

If hazardous weather is in the area, "weather warning" signs will be posted on leaderboards around the course. In that event, spectators should clear the grandstands, take precautions and seek shelter.

In the men's tournament, if there is a tie following the fourth round, an 18-hole playoff will be contested on Monday, June 16 beginning at 12 p.m.