The USGA and Town of Brookline continue to work through the development of a sustainability plan, including collaboration with vendors, suppliers, and exploration of local resources. It is expected the formal sustainability plan will be submitted to the Town of Brookline in the Spring 2022. As the plan continues to evolve, the USGA will make a concerted effort to update this FAQ with the championship’s best practices.
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The USGA is a non-profit organization that celebrates, serves, and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, the USGA conducts many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, the USGA governs the sport via a global set of playing, equipment, handicapping and amateur status rules. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, N.J., is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum & Library, where the USGA honors the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.
The U.S. Open is the national golf championship of the United States. It was first played in 1895 and is conducted annually in June, ending on Father’s Day weekend. The championship is played at a different venue every year, and the courses that host the U.S. Open are among the best in the world, the “cathedrals of the game”. The U.S. Open is one of golf’s four major championships, along with The Masters (played in April), the PGA Championship (played in May), and The Open Championship (played overseas in July). In 2022 The Country Club will host its fourth U.S. Open Championship, having previously held the event in 1988, 1963, and 1913.
The U.S. Open is a 72-hole stroke play event. The field of 156 players will be cut to the low 60 scores plus ties following the completion of Rounds 1 & 2. A 2-hole aggregate playoff will immediately proceed if two or more players are tied after 72-holes. While the official scoring of the championship begins on Thursday, June 16, the championship grounds open to ticket holders beginning Monday, June 13 for practice rounds through Wednesday, June 15.
Live coverage to more than 175 countries will be broadcast on NBC, USA Network, Golf Channel, Peacock, international broadcast channels and USGA digital platforms. Detailed network coverage will be released in the weeks leading up to the championship.
A wide variety of 2022 U.S. Open logoed merchandise is available for purchase by visiting the USGA’s official U.S. Open shop at usgashop.com. The USGA has also partnered with the Town of Brookline to provide Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course (Brookline Golf Course) the ability to sell merchandise in the pro shop. The pro shop is open to the public and residents are encouraged to visit to see what 2022 U.S. Open logoed product lines are available. Please see Brookline Golf Course’s website to learn more about hours of operation (brooklinegolf.com).
Authorized by Brookline’s Select Board, the Community Partnership Committee, otherwise known as the CPC, is a joint partnership between the Town of Brookline and The Country Club. The CPC is responsible for the planning of community initiatives and programming reflecting the Town’s diversity and values. The CPC will work to identify ways in which the U.S. Open – a landmark event that will bring together the world’s best golfers and fans from around the globe – can benefit local nonprofits and other organizations, including small businesses, over the year-long planning period.
The USGA is excited to be a participant and supporter of the CPC. To help kickstart the CPC’s planning efforts and activations, the USGA has provided the Town of Brookline with 150 weeklong Gallery ticket packages to support community fundraising efforts. In turn, the Town has provided the CPC with the allotted tickets which will establish a distribution policy in accordance with the CPC’s mission.
To learn more about the CPC, please visit: https://www.brooklinema.gov/2008/US-Open-Community-Partnership-Committee.
The CPC is co-chaired by representatives from both the Town of Brookline and The Country Club, ten additional members, and one Select Board liaison. The members are as follows:
The USGA has been actively engaging The Country Club and Brookline’s Chief Diversity Officer (Diversity, Inclusion & Community Relations Office) to begin outlining the USGA’s commitment to further strengthen its DEI initiatives around the U.S. Open Championship. The USGA is focused on several key areas to support DEI and the greater Brookline community, including but not limited to: volunteer recruitment, championship employment hiring opportunities, USGA supplier diversity, community programming leading up to the U.S. Open, and the provision of tickets to the CPC for community fundraising efforts to further support DEI initiatives within the greater Brookline community. As these focus areas continue to evolve, a formal plan will be submitted to the Town of Brookline.
The Town of Brookline has granted the USGA permission to use portions of Larz Anderson Park for the purposes of providing up to 600 reserved parking spaces, an access-controlled shuttle depot to be located at the baseball fields parking lot, and the existing roadway connecting Avon Street to Newton Street for the purposes of creating a designated ride share drop-off/pick-up area.
The USGA will have non-exclusive access to Larz Anderson Park June 6-12 for the purposes of setting up the operational areas as defined above as well as non-exclusive access June 21-24 for the purposes of teardown and restoration of the impacted areas. The USGA will have exclusive use of these designated areas at Larz Anderson Park June 13-20 for the purposes of conducting the championship.
The USGA is working with Brookline Police Department and Brookline DPW to establish a safe and efficient walk-path from Larz Anderson Park to The Country Club’s East Gate admission area, located adjacent to Clyde Street. The exact pedestrian walk-path will be finalized and communicated in the Spring of 2022. Additional stand-up signage will be posted to assist pedestrians along the preferred walk-path.
Yes, Larz Anderson Park will remain open to the public. Further information regarding day-to-day parking restrictions in and around Larz Anderson Park will be communicated in the Spring of 2022.
The Town of Brookline has granted the USGA permission to use portions of Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course (“Brookline Golf Course”) for the purposes of utilizing existing hardscape facilities, providing for operational compound space, infrastructure staging, and reserved parking during the week of the championship.
The USGA will have non-exclusive access to Brookline Golf Course June 1-9 for the purposes of setting up the operational areas as defined above as well as non-exclusive access June 21-30 for the purposes of teardown and restoration of the impacted areas. The USGA will have exclusive use of these designated areas at Brookline Golf Course June 10-20 for the purposes of conducting the championship.
No, Brookline Golf Course will be closed to the general public for a portion of time in conjunction with U.S. Open operational efforts. Exact closure dates will be communicated in 2022 and posted on brooklinegolf.com once finalized.
No, Brookline Golf Course will have restricted access during the week of the championship.
For more information on the terms of the agreement and compensation structure between the Town of Brookline and the USGA, please visit: brooklinema.gov/usopen.
Onsite construction has begun to help prepare The Country Club for heavier construction beginning in March 2022. This work, albeit limited, will continue through the end of 2021. Construction vehicles will continue to enter The Country Club through the club’s main entrance as well as The Country Club’s East Gate, located on Clyde Street near the Newton Street intersection.
The U.S. Open construction process is organized by the USGA and typically takes three months to complete. Construction of temporary U.S. Open facilities and infrastructure will begin around mid-March and will continue to increase in the weeks leading up to the championship as more vendors arrive onsite to focus on their respective operations.
Teardown and restoration of impacted areas will begin immediately following the championship. It is anticipated teardown will be completed around mid-August barring any significant weather delays.
The USGA is working with various Town of Brookline Departments, amongst other respective jurisdictional agencies, to ensure all operational facets are up to prevailing codes and regulations.
With increased vendor activity and infrastructure onsite, the USGA is committed to ensuring the grounds of The Country Club are a safe and secure environment. The USGA has contracted with a security team that is responsible for providing daytime and overnight protection of the golf course and associated infrastructure. To assist nighttime security, temporary and portable light towers have been installed around the golf course to provide adequate lighting for security personnel to perform their necessary duties. The Country Club and the USGA are sensitive of the potential impact light towers can have on neighboring residences. Should light towers be causing any unwarranted lighting issues to residents (i.e. strong lights shining into residential windows), please contact email@example.com with your name, phone number and home address. The USGA will make every effort to reposition the light tower(s) in question. As security of The Country Club is a primary concern, the USGA sincerely appreciates local residents understanding of the championship’s comprehensive security plan.
As construction and vendor activity begins increasing in mid-March, it is anticipated there will be added daytime noise around the championship site. In the weeks leading up to the championship, the construction hours of operation will steadily get longer and longer. As such, the USGA is working with the Town of Brookline to establish a noise variance for the associated work. Further information on the noise variance and construction schedule, including daytime and overnight hours, will be communicated in 2022.
The USGA has committed to the Town of Brookline that it shall conduct the championship using commercially reasonable practices for energy conservation and a reduction in solid waste. The USGA has actively engaged with Brookline’s Director of Sustainability to begin vetting through best practices, green initiatives, and opportunities for the 2022 U.S. Open. The USGA will be responsible for submitting to Brookline for review and approval a formal and detailed plan in support of its commitment to run a “green” event.
As part of the USGA’s mission to champion and advance the game of golf, the USGA is committed to leading a game that is sustainable for generations of future golfers to enjoy. To learn more about the USGA’s organizational initiatives to be a leader in the golf industry, please visit usga.org and click the “Advancing” tab.
The USGA will formally establish a Priority Program for Brookline-based businesses in the provision of goods and services for the championship. This will include, but are not limited to, hotels, restaurants, and food products, contingent in each case upon such businesses’ ability to provide goods and services at times and places designated by the USGA, in quantities and quality satisfactory to the USGA, and at pricing and other material terms which are competitive with non-local businesses willing to provide comparable goods and services.
The USGA will formally establish a Priority Program for Brookline residents for championship related part-time employment opportunities, with specifics to be determined by the USGA, subject to Town review and approval. The USGA and Brookline will collaborate to support diversity and inclusion in its hiring practices for the championship. The USGA will work with Brookline to help communicate these initiatives and opportunities to the public. The USGA will submit to Brookline for review and approval a formal and detailed plan prior to implementation of the Priority Program.
The USGA is enlisting the support of the Brookline Chamber of Commerce and members of the Brookline Community Partnership Committee (CPC) to collaborate on the timeline, scope, and execution of the Priority Program.
The USGA strives to be the leader in the golf industry in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to improve diverse representation amongst our workforce, volunteer base, championship entrants and suppliers. This is fundamental to achieving our mission to champion and advance the game of golf, resulting in a thriving, welcoming and sustainable game. Furthermore, the USGA is part of a leading group of organizations in the golf industry that have come together and formed subgroups to tackle diversity-related topics such as workforce and supplier diversity.
The USGA will work with the Brookline’s Chamber of Commerce to help identify diverse businesses that can support championship operations as well as communicate employment opportunities within the local communities.
There will be several temporary employment opportunities for individuals in the months and weeks leading up to the championship. Multiple USGA suppliers will be looking for additional support in various functions such as parking management, private security, and food and beverage services. Additional employment information will be made available as suppliers begin active recruitment.
There will be increased activity in the local communities leading up to and during the championship. The impact on individual businesses depends on many factors including the type and location of the business. Some tourism and hospitality-related businesses will see a significant spike and impact during the championship while others should expect normal day-to-day business volume. Spending during championship week is primarily focused on travel-related industries (i.e. hotels, restaurants, etc.). However, significant spending will also occur before and after the championship as construction, post-championship teardown, and out-of-town visitors increase.
Historically, the U.S. Open has generated over $120M in direct and indirect economic spending in the host region in which the championship is held. While specific business segments and industries may not benefit directly, the championship will have a positive impact on the Town of Brookline, surrounding communities, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
No. The term U.S. Open and all related marks, logos, and intellectual property relating to the USGA, U.S. Open Championship, and The Country Club are trademark protected and therefore the use for business or individual purposes are strictly forbidden. Additional questions regarding intended use of the championship name or logo should be directed to the USGA Legal Department at 908-234-2300.
Fans, volunteers, and other guests of the championship are responsible for securing their own housing during the week of the championship. At prior U.S. Opens, fans have stayed in hotels and private homes around the local and regional area of the host club. The USGA does not directly coordinate housing requests with fans or volunteers but will encourage those looking to learn more about local hotel accommodations and things to do in the greater Brookline area via Brookline’s Chamber of Commerce at discoverbrookline.com.
Fans interested in renting a private home during the week of the championship will be responsible for researching, coordinating, and directly contracting with the homeowner. It is expected fans will primarily learn of opportunities on popular home rental platforms such as VRBO, Airbnb, and others. Residents interested in renting their home during the week of the championship should be considerate of their price point. Fan spending expectations are likely to be in-line with the hotel market. In other words, fans who can book into a local hotel for $200/night per room will have the same expectation for a private home.
The USGA coordinates an extensive local, regional and statewide team to support a safe and smooth arrival for all players, fans, volunteers, vendors, and staff traveling to the championship grounds. The primary goal of the transportation plan is to minimize vehicular traffic and congestion in the immediate vicinity, neighborhoods, and roadways surrounding The Country Club. We will do this by utilizing satellite parking lots and mass transit (MBTA) options to maximize an efficient shuttle system and maintain a secure public safety perimeter around the championship grounds and neighboring residences.
The USGA’s goal is to limit the inconvenience of Brookline residents as much as possible and to implement a parking and transportation plan that minimizes the impact on neighbors in the immediate proximity of The Country Club, allowing residents to continue with their day-to-day access and activities during the week of the championship. The USGA is working with the Brookline Police Department, Brookline Department of Public Works (DPW), hired traffic consultants, and several local supporting agencies to identify and develop road closures or modifications necessary to host a safe, efficient, and secure championship at The Country Club. It is expected that public and private roadways in the immediate vicinity of The Country Club will be impacted and require further traffic and access control measures during the week of the championship.
To further discourage and prevent fans and attendees from taking parking and transportation matters into their own hands (“attempt to park as close as possible”) and causing unwarranted congestion and safety issues in the local area, the Town of Brookline and USGA are working on a comprehensive plan that identifies the neighborhoods that will be impacted the most by the championship and require further access control, otherwise referred to as “limited access” areas. Residents who live within any predetermined limited access areas will be provided with resident and resident guest parking hangtags that will identify you as a resident of the neighborhood and grant you access to come and go freely. Residents will be instructed to place the hangtags on the rearview mirror which must be visible when approaching the traffic control point. Further information on physical distribution and obtaining additional resident and/or resident guest parking hangtags will be made available in the Spring of 2022.
Exact road modifications, closures, hours of operation, and limited residential access points for surrounding roadways and neighborhoods will be communicated in 2022 as plans are further finalized between the USGA, Town of Brookline, and The Country Club.
Standard Brookline public services such as garbage collection, school bus routes, mail and package delivery will not be interrupted during the week of the championship. Traffic control officers will be in place to permit service vehicles through any limited access control points and to the appropriate locations.
Yes. Residents that live within the planned limited access areas surrounding The Country Club, will have the ability to walk to the U.S. Open. Signage will be strategically placed to help guide you to the nearest championship admission gate in a safe and efficient manner. Residents who do not live within the planned limited access areas will be encouraged to follow the general parking, MBTA, or ride share guidelines that championship organizers will communicate in the Spring of 2022. There is no general parking in the immediate vicinity of The Country Club and all nearby street parking will be enforceable in accordance with prevailing Brookline ordinances and regulations.
More information, including trip planning features, will be made available on MBTA’s website in early-2022. MBTA (“T”) offers convenient, comfortable, and safe transportation options for those attending the U.S. Open via the subway and commuter rail systems. Attendees are strongly encouraged to take the T to one of the below stations.
Ride Share will only be allowed at designated area(s) that will be communicated in the Spring of 2022. There is no parking or staging for vehicles, so pickup times will need to be coordinated accordingly. Vehicles proceeding to the ride share location will be instructed to follow directional signs and parking attendants to the appropriate pick-up and drop-off location. Due to traffic restrictions, access is limited to vehicles no larger than a 12-passenger van or limousine. Ride share vehicles are not permitted to pick-up or drop-off at any other location around the championship grounds.
Fans are strongly encouraged to take the T to the U.S. Open. If you do intend to drive to the championship, please visit usopen.com to learn more about available parking options.
Fans who wish to ride their bike to the championship will be able to do so following the guidelines of the limited access plan to be implemented in the immediate vicinity of The Country Club. Bike racks will be provided at select location(s) to secure bikes. Location(s) will be communicated in Spring of 2022. Owners will be responsible for the security of their bicycles.
The USGA is committed to providing a positive and user-friendly experience for all fans with disabilities. Accessible parking spaces for all vehicles having appropriate HD/DP license plates or placards will be reserved at all parking locations. Fans requiring lift-equipped transportation should contact the USGA Admissions Department at firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of the championship to receive specific parking instructions.
The USGA will provide complimentary lift-equipped shuttles to and from all remote championship parking lots and the championship-designated MBTA train stations mentioned above. Furthermore, the Disability Services Committee will be on-site to assist fans with disabilities with multi-person golf cart transportation to and from designated stops, specific ADA friendly grandstand locations and accessible facilities throughout the golf course. Additional information regarding services for fans with disabilities will be made available in the Spring of 2022.
The Brookline Police Department is the lead law enforcement agency for the championship. Given the scope and international nature of this championship, it will require the help of other local, state, federal and private agencies to help produce the safest championship possible.
The primary goal for the USGA is to provide championship fans and the surrounding community with a safe and secure environment. The championship’s public safety plan encompasses security, parking and transportation, fire suppression, first-aid services, emergency medical services, and the support of other various public and private agencies that may be called upon to perform certain duties. In conjunction with the Brookline Police Department, the USGA and its public safety partners are continuing to develop the comprehensive public safety plan to proactively monitor and assist in responding to specific calls for assistance.
Fans and other championship attendees will go through security screening prior to entering the championship grounds and will not be allowed to bring any of the items listed below. To expedite admission into the championship, it is recommended that all prohibited items are safely stowed prior to arriving at the championship. Pleas sure to read the following list of prohibited items carefully:
NOTE: Transparent/clear plastic hand and shoulder bags no larger than 12" W x 12" H x 6" D are permitted.
NOTE: Personal-care items (3-ounce size or less) are permitted.
The USGA reserves the right to amend the List of Prohibited Items at any time to provide a safe and secure championship.
The USGA encourages fans to capture their favorite moments at our championships and stay connected with family and friends while on site. The USGA will set guidelines on mobile device usage to ensure our players and other fans are not distracted or disrupted during the championship. Fans may carry mobile devices smaller than 7” in length and/or height; however, all device volume controls should be set to “silent” or “vibrate” and flash photography should be disabled prior to entering the championship gate. Phone calls must not be received or placed in any area that may disrupt play including grandstands. Photography, video and audio recording are permitted throughout the course, but content must not be used for commercial purposes. Live streaming or shot-by-shot coverage of any player (with or without video) is prohibited at all times.
Conducting a global championship for the best golfers in the world is our primary focus. Violation of any of the above policies may result in immediate expulsion and loss of ticket privileges for the remainder of the championship. The USGA reserves the right to amend the Mobile Device Policy at any time.
For the latest information on ticket information and availability, please visit usopen.com.
The Junior Ticket Policy for the 2022 U.S. Open is currently being finalized. For the latest information on tickets, please visit usopen.com. We will update this FAQ to include the Junior Ticket Policy when it is made available.
The Military Ticket Policy for the 2022 U.S. Open is currently being finalized. For the latest information on tickets, please visit usopen.com. We will update this FAQ to include the Military Ticket Policy when it is made available.
The USGA will distribute and fulfill U.S. Open tickets in the Spring of 2022. Tickets are transferrable in advance of coming to the championship. For more information on tickets and day-of readmittance, please contact email@example.com.
Tickets obtained from sources other than the USGA and/or its representatives, agents or authorized third parties, including, but not limited, authorized auction sites or websites, may be lost, stolen or counterfeit, and in such cases where tickets are lost, stolen or counterfeit, the tickets will not be honored. In addition, tickets obtained in contravention of the Terms of the ticket license agreement will not be honored. The USGA has no responsibility for tickets purchased through an unauthorized source. Ticket holders in possession of tickets that have been reported as lost or stolen are subject to removal from the championship and may be referred to local authorities for investigation.
The USGA cannot conduct the U.S. Open Championship without the assistance of volunteers. The championship requires the support of over 3,200 volunteers participating on 17 different committees. Volunteer responsibilities range from tasks such as marshaling, hospitality services, merchandising, and spectator services. After registration began in April of 2022, the volunteer program quickly hit a waitlist. To learn more and add your name to that waitlist, please visit the 2022 U.S. Open volunteer site (usga.org/2022usovolunteers) for more information.
The USGA and Town of Brookline announced on March 26, 2021, that Brookline residents had an advanced opportunity to register as a volunteer for the 2022 U.S. Open Championship. This advanced volunteer registration opportunity was only intended for Brookline residents. Volunteer applications submitted via the use of the “2022BrooklineRes” registration code were subject to review and were required to have a permanent Town of Brookline residential address. Non-Brookline resident applications were NOT considered during this advanced volunteer registration opportunity. Non-Brookline residents were encouraged to visit the U.S. Open Volunteer Website (usga.org/2022usovolunteers) beginning on Monday, April 12 to register in conjunction with the public launch. For the latest information on the volunteer program, please visit usga.org/2022usovolunteers.
As is the case with most major golf events, there is a fee associated with the volunteer package. The cost of the 2022 U.S. Open volunteer package is $244.45. The cost of the volunteer package includes the actual price of the apparel designed specifically for the 2022 U.S. Open volunteer program, meal vouchers for each volunteer shift, access to the Volunteer Hospitality tent and other amenities during the championship, and a volunteer credential valid for all seven (7) days of the championship. The fee does prove to be a worthwhile investment for someone who is not only interested in participating as a volunteer but also wishes to attend the championship on a daily basis. The volunteer credential will serve as a ticket for admissions any day of the championship regardless of whether the volunteer is assigned a volunteer shift. Volunteer credentials are non-transferrable and are only intended for the volunteer that has registered with the USGA.
The volunteer apparel package will consist of two (2) Ralph Lauren golf shirts, a Ralph Lauren jacket, a Ralph Lauren quarter-zip, a piece of headwear, a stainless-steel water bottle, a commemorative lapel pin, and a transparent drawstring bag. The apparel package will be shipped to volunteers in the Spring of 2022 utilizing the shipping address they registered with.
All volunteers will be required to volunteer a minimum of four (4) shifts with each shift lasting approximately five (5) to six (6) hours. The USGA will first gather individual volunteer availability and scheduling requests in the winter of 2022, and then proceed to create each volunteer’s schedule in March of 2022. From there, the USGA will share volunteer schedules in April 2022 and conduct training sessions for each volunteer committee in May and June of 2022. Newsletters with the latest volunteer and championship information are sent out to all volunteers periodically and are always accessible on the volunteer website. For additional questions regarding the volunteer timeline, please contact the USGA Championship Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The USGA will make every effort to accommodate your scheduling requests, however we are only able to clone schedules of those who are on the same committee. If you are assigned to a different committee than the person you wish to volunteer with, the USGA Championship Office will make its best effort to schedule you together, but no guarantees can be made.
Yes, if you are no longer able to volunteer, you will be able to request and receive a full refund. However, once the volunteer apparel ships in the Spring of 2022, we will not be able to process a refund. Please contact the USGA at email@example.com if you need to withdraw from the volunteer program.
Due to capacity limits, volunteers do not receive additional tickets with their volunteer credential. All tickets can be purchased at usopen.com.
As an integral part of the championship, volunteers are given the opportunity to communicate comments/concerns through day-to-day interactions with USGA staff. In addition, the USGA will send a survey during and after the championship where volunteers are encouraged to leave feedback.