U.S. Women’s Open: What you need to know
CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV ) BRADIE ROSSA – There is nothing more magical than the atmosphere of the US Women’s Open. Previous champions, amateurs, and college players are looking to take home a trophy on June 2nd. If you’re a first timer, a lover of golf, or someone looking to do something fun with the family, here is your inside guide for the 2019 US Women’s Open.
The first tee off will be on Thursday May 30th at the Country Club of Charleston with broadcast coverage all week long provided by FOX, FOX Sports and live stream coverage on usga.org
For the golf lovers:
For the first (May 30th) and second round (May 31st), play is scheduled to begin at 6:40 A.M. from both the 1st and 10th tees, and the gates will be open to those with tickets at 6:30 A.M.
For rounds 3 and 4, the starting times will be determined by the number of golfers who qualified after rounds 1 and 2, but the general first tee time will be between 8-9 A.M.
As for the views, it is known that holes 3 and 6 are challenging par 3s, so any position around the greens will be a great view of the action! Holes 12, 13, 14, and 16 are also known to be a great challenge for even the most decorated professionals. Of course, the first tee off and the 18th hole will be exciting for those who want to watch history be made.
If you’re one of the lucky first 200 fans to watch the opening tee shot on Thursday morning, you will receive a complimentary ticket to come back and continue to watch the action over the weekend.
For the first-timers:
Welcome to some of the most exciting hours in golf! With the Charleston summer heat, it is recommended to wear a hat, sun protection, and comfortable apparel. Of course, you don’t have to stay the whole time, but on average people stay about 4 hours to watch the fun unfold. There is also a U.S. Women’s Open app that provides updated information on players and events through the weekend.
For the gallery ticket holders, you have access to the grounds of the golf course during the competition. Onsite maps will be provided to guide you to food and drink purchases, how to find your car, and to where you want to watch, whether it be alongside the course or in the designated grandstands.
USGA is a full supporter in capturing the exciting and monumental moments of the championships, but there are set guidelines on mobile device usage on the course to ensure full focus of the players. They only ask that all device volume controls are set to silent, and not vibrate. Flash photography is also not allowed, and phone calls are prohibited in any area that may disrupt play.
As for autographs, it is encouraged to respectfully interact with the players and take home a souvenir. It is important once again to not disrupt the players during their round for autographs, as they are competing for a national championship.
For the families:
If you’re planning on bringing your little ones to watch, all kids 18 and under will receive complimentary admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult. The free junior ticket provides access to the grounds as well as the junior tent and activities. We promise the kids won’t be bored because of all of the engaging number of activities including putting games (with equipment provided), a play area, a scavenger hunt, and much more!
For more information on players, tee times, media, events and rules, visit usga.org