No Swearing, No Spiked Shoes and Other U.S. Open Rules

If you're planning to attend the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, read this before you go.

The United States Golf Association has strict guidelines for those who attend its events.

The following is the USGA's list of security and etiquette rules for the U.S. Open, held in June in Haverford:

  • No Cell Phones (including any cell phones with photographic capabilities)
  • No PDAs, Tablets and/or other Portable E-mail Devices
  • No Noise Producing Electronic Devices (including MP3 Players)
  • No Cameras (other than Monday through Wednesday for personal photographic use only and without their cases, video recording is not permitted at any time)
  • No Bags larger than 8"W x 8"H x 8"D in their natural state
  • No Cases and/or Covers (such as chair or umbrella covers)
  • No Signs, Posters and/or Banners
  • No Televisions and/or Radios unless provided by the USGA
  • No Food and/or Beverages except for medical or infant needs
  • No Containers and/or Coolers except for medical or infant needs
  • No Pets (other than service animals)
  • No Lawn Chairs or Oversized Chairs (only portable compact chairs permitted)
  • No Bicycles inside admission areas or on the championship grounds
  • No Ladders and/or Step Stools or other similar items
  • No Metal-Spiked Golf Shoes
  • No Weapons (regardless of permit, including but not limited to firearms or knives)
  • No other items deemed unlawful or dangerous by the USGA and/or Championship Security Personnel, in their sole discretion.

Spectator Safety and Etiquette

If you observe the following guidelines, your experience at the U.S. Open will be a more enjoyable one:

  • 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.
  • The U.S. Open involves substantial walking on grassy hills, dirt paths and other uneven surfaces. Please wear appropriate footwear such as sneakers.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Spectators will be subject to expulsion and the loss of ticket privileges for the following breach 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.

Read more spectator information here.

Melissa L May 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM
With a little NWA greatest hits ??
Rosemary May 27, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Why new rules now? Oh! I believe these rules where only put in place because of a backlash that sergio garcia will get. What you going to do put every body out . Why these rules already in place when Tiger Wood went thru this for the last three year. Stopped trying to protect one of the worse whinners in golf. If it wasn't for Tiger Woods you wouldn't have a lot of people watching golf including me and my 93 year old aunt. Only watch when Tiger is playing. I guess there will be a lot of spectators thrown out come Memorial golf tournment.
Rosemary May 27, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Why did you reject my comments. Is it because it's the truth.
Rosemary May 27, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Looks like many others have been rejected. I'll be sure to let others know the new rules as to weather or not if they would paid to attend and be kept from freedom of speech. People are not going to bewall flowers.
Rosemary May 27, 2013 at 06:53 PM


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