12 Do’s and Don’ts for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst


Flags fly over the grandstands during a practice round before the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Monday, June 9, 2014. (Copyright USGA/Fred Vuich)

After getting a few rounds under our belts at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, here are a few Dos and Don’ts for the weekend.

DO wear socks and tennis shoes Can’t emphasize this enough. No. 2 is no doubt one of the easier golf courses you’ll ever walk, so you’ll find yourself compelled to take in as much as you can. But they don’t call this area the Sandhills for nothing. No. 2 does not feature paved cartpaths; instead, they are sand. And if you’re in flip-flops, or sandals or – and please ladies, don’t do this – anything with a heel, prepare to have coal-black feet at the end of the day.


Fans walk along the cart path as they arrive for a practice round before the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Monday, June 9, 2014. (Copyright USGA/Fred Vuich)

DON’T forget sunscreen We mentioned this when we noted our favorite 5 spots to watch the Open – there are few grandstands not in direct sunlight. Don’t bake out there. (Also, friends don’t let friends drink and bake. You’ve been warned.)

DO take your photo in front of the Payne Stewart statue. (Note: It’s been pointed out to us that no one will have cameras or phones during play. Good points. Sorry. Of course…)

DON’T try to top this photo at the Payne Stewart statue, because you won’t.

DON’T freak out about the yardages So much has been said by players and written by media about the behemoth 7,560 yards of No. 2. USGA Executive Director Mike Davis tried to emphasize this again Wednesday – No. 2 will never play that long. The 246-yard 6th will not be a 246-yard par 3 every day. And you can bet the 585-yard par-5 5th will be moved up to be reachable to No. 2’s most diabolical green at some point. In other words, DO settle down.

DO follow us on Twitter Please?


DO follow Dan Jenkins on Twitter You can thank us later.

DON’T yell “YOUDAMAN!!!!” It’s the 2014 U.S. Open, not the 1991 Tour Championship.

DO visit the Village of Pinehurst for the evening activities each day at the U.S. Open There’s a lot going on each evening, and it’s all free.

DO hope you are there when 13 is played as a drivable par-4 Whether you choose to envision Donald Ross smiling is entirely up to you.


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C.J. Lowder, 3, (left) plays a round on Pinehurst’s Thistle Dhu putting course. | Photo by Billy Liggett

DO bring the kids The best thing at The Open this year? Thistle Dhu. The local First Tee is sponsoring kids 18-and-under the chance to play Pinehurst’s huge 18-hole putting course, Thistle Dhu. Balls and putters are provided, and so kids get to play a “miniature” golf course unlike any they’ve ever seen at the beach, or anywhere else. Pinehurst is not only the Cradle of American Golf, it was also home to the country’s first miniature golf course. Your kids can be playing golf shots mere feet away from the 13th green and 14th tee of No. 2. Maybe Phil will be teeing off as your son or daughter holes a ridiculous putt.

DO enjoy yourself The U.S. Open is back at Pinehurst. We’re all lucky to be a small part of it.