How to Attend the U.S. Open Golf Tournament

By Steve Silverman

The U.S. Open Championship is one of the most prestigious and important golf tournament in the United States. It, along with the Masters, the British Open and the PGA Championship, are the four major golf championships that are held annually. The U.S. Open allows golf fans to purchase tickets directly through the United States Golf Association website, and there is always an after-market for the tickets as well. Once on the course, golf fans are expected to comport themselves with dignity and not do anything to affect the outcome of the tournament.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Order tickets from the United State Golf Association.  There are many different packages, with standard tickets providing access to the grounds all the way to all inclusive "Club 1895" packages that include access to an exclusive tent pavilion with complimentary food and bar. In addition, fans can purchase tickets for individual rounds or for weekly passes. Junior Tickets are not available for preorder, however, each adult ticket can secure up to 2 junior tickets at the admission gate.
Step 2
If you are worried about missing out, join the USGA, as USGA members get the first chance to buy tickets before they are on sale to the general public. Golfers who are club members or play regularly during the year will find that a USGA membership will provide decent benefits and excellent opportunities to improve their games. It will also help you get tickets for this tournament. Apply through the USGA members' website.
Step 3
Go to a reputable ticket broker and pay for your tickets. Many of these organizations have tickets to get you on the grounds, but it will cost you more than if you bought the tickets from the USGA.
Step 4
Once you are on the grounds of the U.S. Open---the tournament location changes every year---pick a place where you want to watch the tournament. You may want to pick out a spot on the front nine early in the day and then go to the 17th or 18th hole later in the day. Walk to each location, and do not run. Walk in the designated areas, and do not tramp across the fairways. You will be thrown out if you walk on the fairways or greens.
Step 5
Don't scream and yell on the golf course. It is not a football stadium or hockey arena. You can politely support your favorite golfer with applause, but no hooting or hollering. It is not appropriate to boo golfers who you don't support.

Tips & Warnings

Be prepared to spend about six hours on the grounds when you attend a U.S. Open.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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