37th U.S. Senior Open: Know Before You Go

U.S. Senior Open Home 

UPDATE: MONDAY, AUGUST 15

Due to heavy rains at Scioto Country Club, the USGA cancelled play on Sunday, August 14. The final round is scheduled for Monday, August 15. The following is a list of facts and championship services that will be offered:

  • All championship week tickets will be honored for grounds admission on Monday, August 15.
  • Spectator parking will be at Ohio State University's West Campus parking lot, located at 1039 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210.
  • Complimentary shuttle service will run continuously throughout the day, starting 30 minutes prior to gate opening and concluding 60 minutes after play ends.


Admission Gates
There are three main admission gates for the U.S. Senior Open:
Main Admission Gate – Located off Riverside Dr., this gate is expressly used by shuttles. Foot traffic is strictly prohibited.
Hole #2 Gate – Located off Club Rd., this walk-up gate includes a bicycle valet for those wishing to ride bicycles to the championship.
Hole #12 Gate – This walk-up gate is located off Lane Avenue near Asbury Drive.
*Re-entry policy: All U.S. Senior Open tickets will be scanned at each of the admission gates. If you require re-entry to the championship on the same day, you MUST receive a "re-entry hand stamp" before leaving the grounds.

Spectator Drop-Off and Pick-Up
The U.S. Senior Open has a designated drop-off and pick-up location for all spectators attending the championship. The area is conveniently located on Yorkshire Road where it intersects with Club Road and within walking distance to the Hole #2 Gate. The championship will NOT provide services to arrange for transportation through Uber and Yellow Cab of Columbus. All patrons must make their own personal arrangements and be responsible for both their arrival and departure schedules. Itinerant Shuttles will also utilize this location for picking up and dropping off spectators. Uber, Yellow Cab of Columbus and Itinerant shuttles will not be able to stage on Yorkshire Road.

Bicycles
Spectators choosing to ride a bicycle to the championship are instructed to go to the Club Road admissions gate, where bike racks and a bicycle valet service will be provided. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. - 30 minutes after the conclusion of play, and you must retrieve your bike by closing time.

Ticket Information

Junior Ticket Policy
Juniors age 17 or younger will be admitted to the championship free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Junior tickets are available at Championship Will Call, near the Main Entrance, upon arrival from the main spectator parking lot. Each ticket is good any single day, Monday - Sunday, and provides grounds access. Juniors must have a hospitality pass to enter hospitality venues, including the 1916 Club.

Military Ticket Policy
Active and retired military service members, plus one guest, will be provided free admission during Practice Round days of the U.S. Senior Open Championship. The military ticket policy covers all branches of service including Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and the National Guard and Reserves. Service members need to bring their military identification AND regular photo identification to any admission gate in order to receive the military tickets for any of the Practice Round days, August 8-10 (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday).

 

Championship Merchandise

The Main U.S. Senior Open Merchandise Pavilion, covering 6,500 square feet, will be located between holes 13, 14 and 15, adjacent to the 1916 Club and main concessions. A variety of merchandise bearing the U.S. Senior Open Championship logo will be available for purchase, including caps, golf shirts, t-shirts, jackets, lanyards, lapel pins, golf balls, repair tools, ball markers, towels and much more.

Acceptable forms of payment are: U.S. dollars, travelers checks, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and debit cards. Personal checks are not accepted. There will be a Satellite Merchandise Tent just to the left of the 9th green, which will be open during play. For your convenience, a shipping desk will be located in the Main Merchandise Pavilion.

Hours of Operation: August 8-14 (Monday through Sunday), 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Since the Main Merchandise Pavilion and Satellite Merchandise Tent are located on the championship grounds, you must have a ticket or credential to gain entry during the championship.

Security and Prohibited Items

Security
Spectators and other championship attendees will go through security screening prior to entering the championship grounds and will not be allowed to bring any of the items listed below. To expedite admission into the championship, it is recommended that all prohibited items are safely stowed prior to arriving at the championship.

Prohibited Items:

  • No weapons (regardless of permit, including but not limited to firearms and knives)
  • No explosives and/or fireworks of any kind
  • No tablets and/or computers (cellular mobile devices less than 7” are permitted)
  • No noise-producing devices (including portable speakers)
  • No cameras (other than Monday through Wednesday for personal photographic use)    
            Note: The use of cameras and mobile device camera features must follow the camera/photography policy
  • No video and/or audio recording at any time with any device
  • No backpacks, briefcases and/or bags larger than 6” x 6” x 6” in their natural state.    
            Note: Transparent/clear plastic hand and shoulder bags no larger than 12” x 12” x 6” are permitted.
  • No signs, posters and/or banners
  • No food and/or beverages except for medical or infant needs
  • No containers and/or coolers except for medical or infant needs
            Note: Personal-care items (3 ounces or less) are permitted.
  • No pets (other than service animals assisting spectators)
  • No lawn chairs and/or oversized chairs with arms (compact chairs without arms are permitted with no case)
  • No ladders and/or step stools or other similar items
  • No bicycles allowed inside admission areas or on the championship grounds
  • No other items deemed unlawful, dangerous or disruptive by the USGA and/or championship security personnel, by their sole discretion


The USGA reserves the right to amend the list of prohibited items at any time to provide a safe and secure championship.

In the event any of the listed items is found at a security checkpoint, security officers will deny that individual access and the individual will be required to return items to their vehicle or check the item(s) at the Prohibited Items Check Area if available. No firearms will be allowed in the Prohibited Items Check Areas for stowage.

Any attendee that is deemed by the USGA and/or Championship Security Personnel to be willfully attempting to conceal a prohibited item and enter the championship may result in immediate expulsion and loss of ticket privileges for the remainder of the championship.

Infant Needs Exception
All bags exceeding the restricted size limit but exclusively are for the care of infants accompanying an adult may be authorized.  Diaper bags and other containers solely for the purpose of carrying infant food, bottles, diapers, cleansers, infant clothing, etc., may be authorized. The initial security guard must defer this approval to the security supervisor on-site who can authorize the bag. These oversize bags are always subject to search. Once searched and cleared, the supervisor must attach a USGA issued authorization tag containing the name of the spectator with cell number and email address. The supervisor must note the date on the tag and then sign the outside edge of the tag. The authorization is valid for a single entry only and if the spectator departs the championship grounds with the bag, the bag must be searched and reauthorized again by a security supervisor upon re-entry.

Medical Needs Exception
All bags and/or containers/coolers exceeding the restricted size limit but exclusively are used for medical needs of the attendee may be authorized. Oversized bags or small coolers containing medications, prescribed dietary items, insulin, catheters, medically prescribed syringes, or other similar items used solely for medical reasons may be authorized. The initial security guard must defer this approval to the security supervisor on-site who can authorize the bag/cooler. These oversize bags are always subject to search. Once searched and cleared, the supervisor must attach a USGA issued authorization tag containing the name of the spectator with cell number and email address. The supervisor must note the date on the tag and then sign the outside edge of the tag. The authorization is valid for a single entry only and if the spectator departs the championship grounds with the bag/cooler, the bag must be searched and reauthorized again by a security supervisor upon re-entry.

Personal Care Items Exception
As mentioned in the list of prohibited items, attendees are not permitted to enter the championship with a container or cooler.  An exception for all attendees will be that if the attendee is carrying a person care item (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, lotion, eye drops, etc.), it will be allowed into the championship as long as it is in a container/tube of a size of three (3) ounces or less. No aerosol cans are permitted regardless of size.  

 

Bring your cell phone: Mobile devices that are 7” or smaller are permitted inside the spectator gates.  Follow the championship with live scoring,video, photos and more at usga.org. Device volume controls must be set to silent or vibrate at all times. Phone calls cannot be accepted at any time near the  golf course, due to the risk of disrupting play.

Photos are permitted Monday through Wednesday and social-media posting is encouraged using the hashtag#USWomensOpen. Follow the U.S. Women’s Open  on Twitter (@usga), Facebook (USGA) and Instagram (@usga). Video recording is not allowed at any time.

Bring your cell phone: Mobile devices that are 7” or smaller are permitted inside the spectator gates.  Follow the championship with live scoring,video, photos and more at usga.org. Device volume controls must be set to silent or vibrate at all times. Phone calls cannot be accepted at any time near the  golf course, due to the risk of disrupting play.

Photos are permitted Monday through Wednesday and social-media posting is encouraged using the hashtag#USWomensOpen. Follow the U.S. Women’s Open  on Twitter (@usga), Facebook (USGA) and Instagram (@usga). Video recording is not allowed at any time.


Spectator Safety and Etiquette

If you observe the following guidelines, your experience at the U.S. Senior Open will be a more enjoyable one:

  • Please 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 – 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. Senior Open involves substantial walking on grassy hills 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 breaches of etiquette:    
        *Making rude, vulgar or other inappropriate comments or gestures.
        *Verbal or physical harassment of players, volunteers, officials or fellow spectators.
        *Distracting a player or causing 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.

Mobile Device Policy

Spectators may carry mobile devices smaller than 7" in length and/or height, including cellphones, smartphones and PDAs. All device volume controls must be set to silent or vibrate at all times. Phone calls must not be received or placed in any area that may disrupt play, including grandstands. Use of approved devices for photographs is subject to the camera/photography policy. Video and audio recording are not permitted at any time with any device. Texting and email are permissible throughout all areas of the golf course, but should not disrupt players.

Camera/Photography Policy

Stand-alone cameras may only be brought, and mobile device camera features may only be used, during practice rounds (Monday through Wednesday) and only for personal photographic use. No photography is permitted in the presence of a player from the time he addresses the ball until the completion of his swing (i.e., when a marshal’s arms are raised). Video and audio recording are not permitted at any time with any device. Violation of any of the terms herein may result in immediate expulsion and loss of ticket privileges for the remainder of the championship.

Grandstands

Approximately 5,000 grandstand seats will be located at strategic viewing areas throughout the golf course for spectators. Seating is provided on a first-come, first-served basis and grandstands will be closed upon reaching capacity. Access to the grandstands is subject to USGA policies, which will be posted at the entrance point to each grandstand.

First Aid Stations

There are two First Aid stations located at the following locations: left of the driving range adjacent to the 15th hole, and behind the 10th green. A cooling station (an enclosed, air-conditioned tent) will be made available to the public in case of extreme heat. All first-aid stations will be staffed with emergency medical technicians in conjunction with the Upper Arlington Fire Division. If a medical emergency arises, please notify a volunteer or USGA official.

Disabled Spectator Services

The USGA is committed to providing a positive and user-friendly experience for all spectators with disabilities and is pleased to provide the following services:

  • Accessible parking spaces for all vehicles having appropriate HD/DP license plates or placards will be reserved at the main public parking area (North Campus). 
  • Our ADA Services Committee will be on-site to assist spectators with disabilities, with transportation to and from specific locations and facilities throughout the golf course via multi-person golf carts.
  • A number of motorized scooters will be available at the main admissions tent, for spectators with disabilities, on a first-come, first-served basis, compliments of the USGA and Pride Mobility.
 

Weather

The USGA will have a meteorologist on-site monitoring the possibility of dangerous or inclement weather. If hazardous weather conditions are approaching, special “weather alert” signs such as the one above will be displayed on leader boards around the golf course. 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 alert, please avoid open areas, hilltops, highplaces, 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 usga.org and @USGA on Twitter for notices regarding suspension of play, gate closures and other weather-related information.

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