Day Trip: Spectator’s Guide to the 122nd US Open near Boston
BOSTON — Just as the way the golf course has changed significantly since the US Open was last held at the Country Club in 1988, so has the way spectators will travel to the tournament.
Gone are the days of parking on Putterham or Allendale Farm and walking around. The public is encouraged to take public transit, carpool, and be prepared to rely on both feet.
VIP passes are available for parking lots at Boston College (140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill and 885 Center St., Newton), UMass-Mount Ida (100 Carlson Ave., Newton), Kendrick St. Garage (140 Kendrick St., Needham) and Founders Park Garage “Lot X” (37 A St., Needham). There will be free shuttles from each of these parking lots to the TCC starting at 5:30 a.m. each day until one hour after the final putt.
These prizes are priced at $150 for the week (Monday-Sunday) or $20 for practice rounds and $25 for tournament days. The USGA says it expects parking passes to sell out.
The T offers free parking at over 100 stations during the week for spectators and volunteers. Shuttle buses from Forest Hills (Orange), Boston College (Green-B), Cleveland Circle (Green-C) and Reservoir (Green-D) will take spectators and volunteers to the golf course.
A limited-edition CharlieCard featuring the US Open Trophy and Country Club is available at mbta.com/usopen for 1-day or 7-day passes for unlimited service during the tournament. Ordinary CharlieCards will also be accepted.
People from Brookline, Boston, Cambridge and Chestnut Hill wishing to travel to the TCC via ride booking services will want to be dropped off and picked up at Larz Anderson Park (Avon Street entrance), which is approximately 3/4 mile away . (10 minutes) walk to Gate 6. Those living along and off Route 128 are encouraged to walk to Lot X.
There will not be a waiting area for rideshare vehicles at either location, so end-of-day pickup will need to be coordinated.
For those pedaling to the tournament, bike racks will be available at Larz Anderson Park and Pine Manor College.
A system of road closures, checkpoints and parking permits for residents and guests in neighborhoods near the Country Club will be in effect.
For more information, visit usopen.com/content/us-open/2022/fan-guide.html.
Tickets? Who needs tickets?
Demand for tickets was high and the last tickets available to the public were quickly purchased on April 14.
To give fans who may have missed a chance to attend while still having peace of mind that they are dealing with verified tickets, the USGA is holding a secondary market for the first time.
The USGA resale market isn’t cheap though, with sellers able to name their own price and buyers will have a 22.5% service fee added to that, while sellers waive 7 .5%. So the listed admission price of $374 for a Sunday gallery pass is actually $458.15 and that $2,000 pass that includes access to the Trophy Club — a VIP area along the 14th hole — is $2,450. Although a few quick purchases will find a Sunday ticket with Trophy Club access for less than $675.
A gallery ticket for a practice round will start at just over $60.
The secondary market suffered a blow on Tuesday, however, when Tiger Woods announced he would be skipping the event as he continues to recover from a car accident in February 2021.
A pair of gallery tickets for Ace Ticket Week is $8,375, down 20% from last weekend. They also have a 12-person Sunday cabin available for a touch under $35,000, even though it was priced above $50,000 before Tiger Woods retired.
A pair of weekly gallery passes through StubHub costs around $5,000 including fees. The entry price for a Monday practice round can be around $50, but upwards of $450 for a day during the tournament.
Arrive early and make the most of the property before the crowds arrive. Wear sensible trainers as the steps pile up quickly if you don’t lock yourself into a reception area.
Gil Hanse, who oversaw renovations to the golf course which began in 2009, removed hundreds of trees from across the property, opening up a number of views that did not exist 34 years ago when Curtis Strange l took away. A seat atop the grandstand behind the fifth green will prove interesting as players attempt to drive this 310-yard par-4, while behind you can also see the action on the par-3 second. The grandstand around the eighth green should also offer the possibility of having a view of the ninth and/or the 15th tee.
The best view will be from behind the 10th green as players approach the steeply sloping green and massive rock outcroppings that appeared to grow when the trees were removed behind them.
For something old, sit behind the 17th green to reminisce about 20-year-old amateur Francis Ouimet who won the 1913 Open, you’ll be about 800 feet from where he lived at the era at 246 Clyde St.
For something new, watch the action on the 11th hole. The par 3 is just 131 yards and was placed in the Open routing for the first time since 1913 as it was bypassed in the 1963 and 1988 editions. This will be the best chance of seeing a hole in one and could all might as well see a double bogey.
Are those ticket prices a little too high and would you rather watch the US Open from the comfort of your home while wearing a shirt or drinking from a glass with the Country Club’s iconic squirrel logo? The general public will be able to access the 24,000 square foot merchandise pavilion with over 400,000 logoed merchandise located between the 1st and 18th fairways Friday through Sunday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Parking will be at Dexter Southfield School, where a shuttle will take you to the tent.
During the tournament, the merchandise tent will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. There will also be a satellite tent (6,600 square feet) for golfers to the left of the 14th hole near the Trophy Club.
There will be bag checks and shipping tents next to the merchandise so that spectators do not have to carry their purchases with them throughout the day.
Purchases can be made online at usgashop.com.