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U.S. Open Golf

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by vegasvic, Jun 7, 2017.

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  1. vegasvic

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    I rarely play golf (maybe when I retire, who knows) but I went to the 3rd round of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. That course is awesome although it's not easy for spectators. Now the U.S. Open is coming to my area next week and I plan to go, kind of a bucket list thing. It's about 30 miles from me and about 5 miles from my mom's house. Erin Hills is a cool course. I played it a couple of years ago just to see what it was about. It's long (even the front tees) and tough but very unique. I'm planning to go to round 2 and/or round 3 and watch the final round on TV. The Ryder Cup is another bucket list thing, I'll be going in 2020 at Whistling Straits.
     
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    Good for you Vic.
    I went to 2nd round of women's us open in West Point MS and loved everything about it. Was amazing to watch the ladies consistently knock it to 10 feet from 125 out.
     
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    Yes, Opens are great experiences. I do Shotlink with a friend (PGA Tour laser sighting). When the Open was at Chambers Bay a couple of years ago, we were asked by Fox TV to do essentially the same thing. The hardest part was finding somewhere to stay which wasn't worse than a "C" and not overly expensive.

    The best thing about this job is you get to spend the day in a tower, 10' above the crowds. For those who know Chambers, we were on the third green. Besides that hole (a medium length par 3), we were about 200' from the ocean and could see several other holes.

    GG
     
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    I went to the practice day of the Ryder when it was held in Brookline Mass..had tickets courtesy of a vendor...
    tent on the 18th,etc... walked along the course with a couple of groups...
    i hadn't played golf since i was a senior on our high school team in 1972...
    these guys are amazing....during the rounds they would often take a second or
    third shot with a different club or decide to draw the ball...
    while many people were trying to find Tiger....i was happy with the groups i followed...
    they were fun, signed autographs and posed for pictures...
    I was most impressed by Sergio Garcia,,,,little shit can drive that ball
     
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    I love the majors! I've been to a couple of British Opens and really enjoyed it. I'm going to watch the final day of the Irish Open this year at Portstewart, just North of Belfast. I don't think I'll even try and follow Rory though I will be happy to follow some of the lesser known pro's, its amazing to see how well they strike the ball.
     
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    I was planning on going Thursday, an hour drive for me. Kind of waiting on the weather though before I get my ticket.

    I went to the Dinah Shore in California years & years ago, and went to the GMO a couple of times. I used to golf, but got tired of the hurry up & wait. I like watching golf on TV in the winter.

    Hope it's not during the Rainy Weekend - there is one weekend in June down here that always rains, they used to have a festival then and it ended up folding because of that. Fingers crossed.


    How do we know who is teeing off when? Or is that not out yet? For some reason I like Jim Furyk.
    glad Steve Stricker got in.
     
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    Generally announced the day before the tournament begins.
     
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    I was visiting the family home in Philly a few years ago when the Open was played at Merion, on the other (rich) side of the Schuykill from us. We could hear the news helicopters.

    The excitement all over the area was palpable. It was fun watching on tv what the whole world was watching just a few miles away.
     
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    Round 1 & 2 tee times are up:
    http://www.usopen.com/tee-times.html#!&round=round-1

    Vic, it says that the shuttle ride from the lots to the course is 35 minutes - is that true, or are they exaggerating?

    I can't imagine all the work that goes into coordinating something like this!
     
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    I saw a news story on TV this morning that was quoting officials saying it would be about 25 minutes from the 2 lots (red and blue) to the course. I'm not sure it would take quite that long. I guess it depends when you show up and how many others are waiting for shuttles. They had a similar system at Whistling Straits and it was pretty efficient. What's nice is that parking is free so there are no lines created by people having to pay to get in a lot.

    Too bad Phil most likely will be withdrawing.

    I'll be curious to see how much the table minimums go up at the local casino. When they NCAA men's BB tourney had games here in March the craps tables started at $15.
     
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    Erin Hills closed last October and hasn't been open to the public at all this year as they get ready for the Open. When they reopen to the public after the tournament it will cost $350 (just heard this on the radio).
     
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    On the local news yesterday they were interviewing people who were at the course buying Open paraphernalia. They snagged one woman on the way in and out. They asked her how much she planed to spend...not too much. On the way out...how much did you spend? ONLY about $500.

    Side note...my neighbor is a county sheriff in the same county as the Open. Talked to him yesterday and he said nobody will have a day off beginning Monday. All hands on deck! They are Union, so that will be some nice OVT.
     
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    The merchandise tent at the PGA was HUGE. And packed. I assume it's the same thing here. They opened it to the public yesterday and had a LOT of people. I believe the regular parking lots are open for that through this Sunday.
     
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    I love the US Open and would jump on the opportunity to go to one if it ever arises.

    I love watching golf. But especially love watching when it's a major. I have been running golf pools for the 4 majors for 15+ years. And the US Open is my favorite of the 4. I love that they struggle in the rough and winning score is generally around even par or even over.

    I do get to go to the WGC-Bridgestone. Those guys are amazing live. But obviously it's not the same as a major with the added drama and pressure.
     
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    Saturday Gallery is now sold out!

    For Thursday, the Trophy Club is $75 more than just Gallery - includes access to Executive restrooms and a/c pavilion. Weather looks good that day, probably not worth the extra $ to get a/c relief and want to be outside anyway, but wonder what the regular restrooms are (portapotties?)
     
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    I had Trophy Club access at the PGA and was happy I did. It was 90+ and Whistling Straits has little to no shade. But it looks like it's going to cool off a bit by Thursday so I don't know that Trophy Club is worth the extra cash.
     
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    Thanks, Vic, that's kind of what I was wondering. I got my gallery ticket for Thursday. If Trophy would have been like $50 more, I may have done it, but $75 more was too steep.

    Sure hope the weather is good for the tournament.

    Can only bring in a 6 x 6 x 6 purse.
     
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    Just saw a story on local news about the parking. It's farther away than I thought it was. Two lots, north and south of the course. It will take about 30 minutes by shuttle. Closer parking is reserved for VIP and staff. There are people who are letting others park on their lawns, close to the course. The yards are large in that area. Looks like it will be $40. I'm not sure how much of a walk it will be from these houses. The cool thing about Erin Hills is how remote it is, no signs of the "real world". Love that. But it also makes it a pain in the butt to get to/from. One 2 lane county road.
     
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    Yep, quite a backstory to Erin Hills.
     
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