Posted by: John K. Abendroth, PGA
Friday, May 18, 2012 at 5:17 PM
The 2012 U.S. Open is less than 30 days away and as a Vice Chair of the event I have been out and around the course and have a few ideas on how to spectate and see the most golf.
I enjoy watching on the driving range, maybe do that on the practice round days, there will be bleachers fairly close to the players and that is a good chance to watch them get ready for battle.
If you have not been to the Olympic Club before, you may consider walking the entire course and see who you can around the course. Wear layers as it can be foggy in the morning, but warm up especially as you drop down from the 3rd fairway to the lower portion of the property.
There is a tall bleacher (at The Masters, they are called the Patron Observation Platform...) behind the 7th green which is the drivable par 4 and if you get toward the top you will have a nice view of putting on the 8th green and a nice view of tee shots on the 9th.
Behind the 18th hole is a huge bleacher, very tall and from the top you can watch 8 and likely see number 7 as well. That area below the main clubhouse will be where alot of action happens. Remember, the players start on holes #1 and #9 and not 10 because the 10th tee is in the middle of the golf course. So #8 the spectacular par-3 will be a finishing hole the first two days.
Lastly, the 17th green will be very exciting as it is the most severe, there is a closely mown area right , short and long right of the green with many players trying for this par-5 in two or some dramatic wedge shots that may spin down into the 18th fairway. There is a small set of bleachers back left of 17 and that will be a fun spot to watch.
Where ever you watch, or follow your favorite player it will be a great week of golf.
Prior to the Open it self, locally in San Francisco there is a chance to watch the final try-outs. Monday June 4th there will be about 120 players for something like 7-10 spots and that will be played at TPC-Harding Park Golf Course and Lake Merced Country Club in Daly City. This is a long day of golf with 36-holes and some very good players on site.