Saturday, June 26, 2010

[Travel] US Open 2010 at Pebble Beach

You may recall, one of my previous surprises for the Husband was Sunday tickets to the US Open at Pebble Beach (this was his wedding present).    So basically, the past four days of travel were planned around this one day of golf greatness.

We decided against staying in the Monterey area since rooms at the Best Western were $500+ a night due to USGA traffic for the tournament.  So we stayed at our more plush room (yes, a Sheraton is plush next to Best Western is it not?) and just drive down for the day. 

We arrived around 8am at the "parking area" which was about 10 miles from the course.  Due to USGA rules for the tournament, we would be checked before boarding the shuttle.... items prohibited included:
  • Cell phones - including any cell phones with photographic capabilities
  • PDAs and/or other portable e-mail devices
  • Noise-producing electronic devices (including MP3 players)
  • Cameras and/or camcorders
  • All food and beverage
  • Bags larger than 8"W x 8"H x 8"D
So sad!  No cameras!  I don't even care about distracting golfers in the middle of their backswing... I just wanted to pictures of the famed cliffs and views.   So yeah, no pictures from the tournament to share in this post.

Instead just share some of our highlights.

Cold.

Err... more like Freezing.  It had to be only in the 40s when we arrived that morning.  It stayed cool (and overcast) until 1pm, when the sun broke through and warmed up the course.  I couldn't get over how many people were wearing shorts and t-shirts, we were def layered up for the event.

When we got there, we followed South African golfer Retief Goosen for the first 2 holes, then walked the coarse. Around 10:30am we came back to the 1st hole and grabbed a seat in the grandstand by the green.  We watched 3 or 4 rounds of golfers play the hole (including one of my favs, Ricky Barnes).  Then we took a snack break back in the Trophy Club tent. 

After sharing some French fries and warming up a bit, we hung out at famed holes 17 (faces the ocean) and 18 (hugs the cliffs).

Then we went back to Hole 1 to see the bigwigs get announced and tee off.  We saw Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Tiger Woods (groan), Graeme McDowell, and leader at the time Dustin Johnson.  We tried to follow Phil for a bit, but the crowds were insane.  We made a nice little home at hole 7 (another hole of note at Pebble Beach) and watched the golfers play through.   After that we decided to grab a shuttle back to the car and try to hit the road before traffic got too nuts.  (We apparently weren't alone in that thought process).


All and all, the husband (and I) had a fantastic time and Irishman Graeme McDowell took home the championship.


We look forward to getting tickets to the US Open at Merion (here in Pennsylvania) in 2013 :)

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