One of the biggest concerns from residents and visitors alike is the traffic. Ticket holders will park in large lots in nearby Puyallup and Lakewood where a fleet of 290 buses will shuttle them back and forth free of charge. There will be places to park around the event as well.
Preparing to host the U.S. Open has taken several years. Chambers Bay had a warm up when it hosted the U.S. Amateur in 2010. Officials have been working with the city of U.P. and surrounding cities for more than a year, too.
Chambers Bay opened in 2007. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and offers sweeping views of the Puget Sound. The economic impact of hosting the tournament is projected at $150 million for Tacoma and Pierce County.
If you weren’t lucky enough to score tickets to the event, you still can experience the excitement of it.
▶ June 11-14 — Main merchandise pavilion opens to the public (no ticket needed).
▶ June 15-17 — Practice rounds begin (tickets were available at press time for the gallery: $50 each and $25 for retired military. Active military get in free. And kids under 12 are free).
▶ Cheer (or golf clap politely) from home or a local watering hole by tuning into Fox Sports. Several area restaurants/bars will be broadcasting the event on big screens.
If you do have a ticket:
If you are attending the Open, wear sensible shoes. Walking can add up to 7 miles from hole to hole, and blisters are the No. 1 reason people have to go to the medical tent. (Also, it’s summer! Wear sunscreen!)
Taxi and limo dropoff will be allowed only at Sunset Primary School in University Place (a 5- to 10-minute walk from Chambers Bay). Buses will drop people off at the front entry.