Heading out to Omaha Country Club for the U.S. Senior Open? Here’s all you need to know about the event.
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Monday: Practice round
Tuesday: Practice round/Military Day/Dennis Walters Golf Show (2 p.m.)
Wednesday: Practice round/junior exhibition
Thursday: First round (ESPN2, 3 to 7 p.m.)
Friday: Second round (ESPN2, 3 to 7 p.m.)
Saturday: Third round (NBC, 2 to 5 p.m.)
Sunday: Final round (NBC, 2 to 5 p.m.)
GETTING TO OMAHA COUNTRY CLUB
Shuttle schedule: Daily shuttles from the parking lot begin at 6:15 a.m., the main entrance gate opens at 6:30 a.m., and the last shuttle runs one hour after play concludes.
Parking: Public parking is complimentary at the North Omaha Airport, 72nd Street north of Nebraska Highway 36. Free shuttles will transport spectators from the public lot to the main entrance on 72nd Street.
Neighborhood parking: Public parking and spectator walk-ups are banned in the club’s neighborhood throughout tournament week, with no public access to Country Club Road.
RV parking: Not permitted in any tournament lot. A recommended location is Glenn Cunningham Lake, 8305 Rainwood Road.
Disabled services and parking: ADA accessible parking is available in the public parking lot. Wheelchair-accessible vehicles will be available to transport spectators with disabilities to and from the main entrance.
ON THE GROUNDS
Will call: At the main entrance. The parking shuttle drop-off is close to the will call. No ticket is needed to use the shuttle.
Cellphone/smartphone policy: None is permitted.
No cameras during tourney play: Cameras are allowed only for practice rounds Monday through Wednesday. Do not use the shutter or motor drive until after golfers hit their shots.
Disabled services on the course: Pride Mobility Scooters will be provided free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis at the main entrance.
Parents with small children are allowed to bring strollers and diaper bags. These items are subject to inspection.
» No cellphones
» No PDAs or other portable email devices
» No cameras or camcorders (other than Monday through Wednesday for personal photographic use only and without their cases)
» No bags or backpacks larger than 8”W x 8”H x 8”D in its natural state
» No cases or covers (such as chair or umbrella covers)
» No signs, posters or banners
» No televisions or radios
» No food or beverage
» No containers or coolers
» No pets (other than service animals)
» No lawn or folding armchairs
» No bicycles
» No ladders
» No metal-spiked golf shoes
» No weapons
» Other items deemed unlawful or dangerous by the USGA or championship security personnel.
Grandstands: There will be seating for about 8,000, with youths 17 and younger getting reserved spots in the front row of every grandstand. The grandstands are set up at the practice range, the first tee and the third, fifth, seventh, ninth, 10th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th greens.
Crossovers: Marshals will control spectator crossings in front of the first tee, third green and fourth fairway; the bridge crossings near the sixth green and seventh tee; and in front of the ninth fairway on the front nine. On the back nine, the crossovers are in front of the 10th and 11th tees, the 15th fairway and the 17th tee; and in the 18th fairway.
Leader boards: At the third, fifth, ninth, 10th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th greens. And at the seventh and 11th tee.
SUGGESTED VANTAGE POINTS
Patrick Duffy, the Senior Open’s general chairman, recommends these viewing areas:
No. 2 green/No. 3 tee: Provides views of approach shots to an undulating par-5 green and tee shots to a most difficult downhill par 3.
No. 11 green: “A fabulous spot. It provides great views, too, of Nos. 10 and 12.”
No. 17 green/No. 18 tee: “It will be severely congested” — read that to mean the gallery could be several people deep.
» To allow everyone to see, please kneel or sit when in front of a large gallery.
» Applaud good shots.
» Wait until all golfers in a group putt out on a hole before moving.
» Walk — don’t run — when moving from hole to hole. Stay behind gallery ropes, cross fairways only at designated points and obey the hole marshals and other tournament officials.
» Respect the golfers by being quiet and remaining still while they shoot. Don’t break their concentration by attracting their attention on the course.
Concessions: Ten stations around the course will sell hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, chips and beverages, including pop and beer.
Restrooms: Portable toilets are available at six locations — near the practice range, between the first and ninth fairways, and near the third green, eighth tee, 14th tee and 18th green.
Merchandise tents: The locations are near the main entrance and near the practice range.
ATM/cash machines: At the merchandise tents.