FAQ: 2014 U.S. Open and 2014 U.S. Women's Open in Pinehurst
Frequently asked questions about the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst in June 2014.
When will the championships be played?
The U.S. Open is June 12-15, 2014, on Pinehurst's No. 2 course. The U.S. Women's Open is June 19-22, 2014, on the same course.
When and where can I get tickets and how much will they cost?
Tickets go on sale to the general public June 10. They will be available on the U.S. Golf Association's website at usga.org. Daily tickets for the gallery start at $30. Weekly tickets start at $125.
How do I volunteer?
The USGA had so many applications for volunteers that it now has a waiting list. You can find information at 2014volunteers.usga.org/2014vols, but you'll have to commit to working at least four shifts that last five to six hours each.
Where can I stay during the tournaments?
All the hotel rooms in Moore County have been reserved for use by players and their families, championship officials and members of the international media, according to the Convention and Visitors Bureau for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area. The organization's website has links to hotels in nearby counties on its website at homeofgolf.com/2014-us-open/lodging-for-2014-us-open.
What will the weather be like during the tournaments?
It will likely be hot and humid, and it could be very hot. The average high temperature for Pinehurst in June is 86 degrees. The record high for the month is 104 degrees. The average rainfall in June is about 4 inches, but summers in the Sandhills are known for their late afternoon thunderstorms. The Sandhills also can feel hotter than other parts of North Carolina.
When was the U.S. Open last played in Pinehurst?
The U.S. Open was played at Pinehurst's famed No. 2 course in 1999 and 2005. The U.S. Women's Open has never been played at Pinehurst Resort, but the championship came to nearby Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in 1996, 2001 and 2007.
Why do the tournaments have "Open" in their name?
The U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open are so named because they are open to any golfer who meets the handicap criteria and scores low enough during several qualifying rounds. In 2013, applicants for the U.S. Open had to have a handicap index of 1.4 or less. Those applying for the U.S. Women's Open had to have a handicap of 4.4 or below. A handicap, which is calculated using a complicated formula, generally represents the number of strokes over par that a player would be expected to shoot during an average round on an average course.
How many people will attend the Opens?
Organizers say as many as 400,000 people could attend the two championships in 2014. The U.S. Open at Pinehurst in 2005 drew about 325,000 people.
What other important golf tournaments have been played in Pinehurst?
In addition to the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens, Pinehurst hosted the 1936 PGA Championship, the 1951 Ryder Cup Matches, the 1962 and 2008 U.S. Amateur Championships, the 1989 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, the 1991 and 1992 Tour Championships and the 1994 U.S. Senior Open, according to Pinehurst Resort.
Have other notable sporting events been held in Pinehurst?
Other championships that have been in Pinehurst include the U.S. Clay Court Championships in Tennis; the U.S. Croquet Championship; and the World Lawnbowling Championship, according to the resort.