The 2018 U.S. Open returns to Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, NY for the fifth time, having last hosted the event in 2004. Shinnecock Hills is America’s first golf club, founded in 1891 on Long Island, and was also a founding member of the United States Golf Association (USGA) who puts on the tournament. It is the second of the four major championships of the season and will have an incredibly strong field competing for the trophy. The U.S. Open is often considered the toughest major, and the USGA has strengthened that argument by tightening fairways, lengthening holes and converting more of the rough to tall fescue, a grass nearly impossible to play. The complaints from hapless golfers are likely to be loud, but the challenge makes the tournament a must-watch action for golf fans.
For fans looking to watch the action at Shinnecock Hill’s famed links course, there are several ticketing options available. The most affordable are Gallery Tickets starting at $60 for a practice round and up to $145 for the final round. This ticket allows for general admission to the grounds. Top of the Hill Tickets range from $80-$185 and offer access to an open-air tent with seating and executive restroom facilities. Next are Trophy Club Tickets, which grant access to an air-conditioned open pavilion near the 4th and 6th holes with seating as well as food and beverages available for purchase. Tickets for the Trophy Club are between $60-$240 for single day tickets, with multiple day packages also available. For an all-inclusive experience, the 1895 Club offers views of the 5th hole in an air-conditioned pavilion with complimentary food and drinks for $325-$575. Hampton Club Tickets grant access to the air-conditioned Champions Pavilion with all-day food and beverage included and excellent views over the entire 1st hole. Tickets for the Champions Pavilion cost between $650-$950.
Junior Gallery Tickets are complimentary for anyone aged 18 and under accompanied by an adult ticket holder. There are a limit of 2 junior tickets per ticketed adult. Adults with Trophy Club Tickets may bring their children 12 and under at no additional cost, but will have to pay $20 on practice days and $40 on tournament days per child aged 13-18 to secure a Junior Ticket. 1895 Club Ticket-holders must pay an addition $75 for practice days or $130 on tournament days to purchase a Junior Ticket. College students are eligible for reduced Gallery Tickets with a school ID and driver’s license proving they are 24 or younger. In addition, practice round Gallery Tickets for active military members are complementary, while retired military veterans receive a discount.
For those who are not able to make the trip out to Southampton, Fox is providing a glut of television coverage for the 118th U.S. Open on both its main channel, FS1 and Spanish-language Fox Deportes. The first round kicks off Thursday 9:30am-4:30pm ET on FS1 before switching to Fox from 4:30-7:30pm. Friday coverage is provided by FS1 from 10am-4:30pm and on Fox from 4:30-7:30pm. Fox is providing coverage of the third round Saturday 11am-7:30pm and coverage of Sunday’s championship round from 10am-7pm. Spanish language coverage is available Saturday 4:30-7:30pm and Sunday 4-7pm on Fox Deportes.