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Heading for the U.S. Open? Here are a few etiquette rules for watching the action

With the excitement of the first-ever Pacific Northwest U.S. Open comes responsibility — this isn’t a Seahawks game, after all. There are rules and guidelines for fans who attend a major golf tournament . . . lots and lots of rules and guidelines.  From usopen.com, here are some of the highlights. If you’re heading to Chambers Bay, read and learn:

Autographs

Spectators should keep in mind that the player’s first responsibility

during U.S. Open week is to compete for the national championship.

For this reason, a no-autograph policy is in effect on course throughout championship week.

Spectators should not approach any player

for an autograph from the time a player is en route to his first tee until

the completion of his round. This policy applies to practice rounds as

well as championship rounds.

Camera Policy

Standalone cameras may only be brought, and mobile device

camera features may only be used, during practice rounds (Monday

through Wednesday) and only for personal photographic use. No

photography is permitted in the presence of a player from the time

he addresses the ball until the completion of his swing (i.e., when

a marshal’s arms are raised). Video and audio recording are not

permitted at any time with any device.

Violation of the above policy may result in immediate expulsion and

loss of ticket privileges for the remainder of the championship

Mobile Device Policy

Spectators may carry mobile devices smaller than 7″ in length

and/or height, including cellphones, smartphones and PDAs. All

device volume controls must be set to silent or vibrate at all times.

Phone calls must be received or placed only in designated “Phone

Zones” located around the golf course (see map). Phone calls

must not be received or placed in any area that may disrupt play,

including grandstands. Use of approved devices for photographs

is subject to the camera/photography policy. Video and audio

recording are not permitted at any time with any device. Texting

and email are permissible throughout all areas of the golf course,

but should not disrupt players.

Violation of the above policy may result in immediate expulsion

and loss of ticket privileges for the remainder of the championship.

Spectator Safety and Etiquette

If you observe the following guidelines, your experience at the

U.S. Open Championship will be a more enjoyable one:

•Walking the championship grounds at Chambers Bay can be

difficult due to significant elevation changes and uneven

surfaces. Be conscious of your physical limitations and be sure to

wear appropriate footwear.

•Please stay behind gallery ropes and follow directions of

championship marshals at all times.

•Do not cross fairways except at designated crosswalk areas.

•Be considerate of others and kneel or sit if you are in the front

row of the gallery.

•Stay quiet and stand still when players are about to hit or when

instructed by marshals.

•To ensure your safety at all times, walk carefully and never run.

•Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

•Spectators will be subject to expulsion and the loss of ticket

privileges for the following breaches of etiquette:

•Making rude, vulgar or other inappropriate comments or gestures.

•Verbal or physical harassment of players, volunteers, officials

or spectators.

•Distracting a player or any disruption of play.

•Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, unsafe or illegal in nature.

•Failing to follow the instructions of a championship official,

volunteer or security personnel.

Read all the guidlines and rules — yeah, there are actually lots more! — at usopen.com.

 

AboutJohn Fisher

John is a Midwest native who started his Northwest radio career in 1992 after moving to Seattle from Chicago. He’s an avid cyclist, painter, traveler, foodie, and dog lover (Hazel and Gizmo, both shelter dogs.) He’s worked with various animal organizations including PAWS, Seattle Humane Society and Seattle Animal Shelter. John got a late start on fatherhood – he and his wife have a 5-year-old son named Dawson who already has a crush on Katy Perry.