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About the 64th U.S. Women's Open Championship

The United States Golf Association (USGA) conducts 13 national championships annually, including the U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open. The U.S. Women’s Open was added to the USGA’s roster of championships in 1953 and is the oldest championship open to female golfers of both professional and amateur status.

The championship rounds begin on Thursday, July 9 and continue through Sunday, July 12. Contestants play in groups of three on Thursday and Friday and groups of two on Saturday and Sunday. Following the first two rounds (36 holes), the field of players will be cut to the lowest 60 scores, including ties, and any player within 10 strokes of the leader(s).

If there is a tie after 72 holes, there will be a three-hole aggregate playoff immediately following play. Should there still be a deadlock after three holes, players will continue to play hole-by-hole until the winner is determined.

  • Course: Saucon Valley Country Club, The Old Course
  • Par / Yardage: Par: 36 - 35 = 71 / 6,740 yards
  • Architect / Year Opened: Herbert Strong / 1920
  • Format: 72-hole individual stroke-play competition; cut after 2nd round
  • Defending Champion: Inbee Park (2008, Interlachen C.C.)
  • Eligibility: 156 players – amateurs and professionals

Admission Gates and Will Call Hours of Operation (all times EDT)
Date Gates Will Call
Thursday, July 2 Pre-Championship
Merchandise Pavilion Opening
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, July 3 Pre-Championship
Merchandise Pavilion Opening
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 4 Pre-Championship
Merchandise Pavilion Opening
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 5 Pre-Championship
Merchandise Pavilion Opening
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Monday, July 6 6 a.m. – one hour after play concludes 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, July 7 6 a.m. – one hour after play concludes 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, July 8 6 a.m. – one hour after play concludes 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, July 9 6 a.m. – one hour after play concludes 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, July 10 6 a.m. – one hour after play concludes 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 11 7 a.m. – one hour after play concludes 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 12 7 a.m. – one hour after play concludes 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Amenities Available For Spectator Enjoyment
  • Accessible parking, seating, restrooms and shuttles
  • ATM machines
  • Concession stands
  • Daily Pairing Sheets
  • Grandstands
  • Kids Club
  • Locator Boards and Scoreboards
  • Lost and Found
  • Medical Services
  • Merchandise Pavilion
  • Public Telephones
  • Restrooms
  • Spectator Guides
  • Will Call
Inclement Weather Policy

Observe the leader boards throughout the golf course for "Weather Warning" signs that will appear prior to inclement weather moving into the area. When this sign appears, spectators are advised to take precautions PRIOR to play being suspended. If the siren sounds, seek shelter immediately.

Parking

Parking at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open Championship is free for all spectators.

Points North and East will be directed to Lehigh University's Goodman Campus. Points South and West will be directed to the West Spectator Lot (field located at the intersection of Route 378 and Old Bethlehem Pike). In order to maintain an orderly traffic pattern, please follow the specific directions listed below.

Handicap parking is available at Lehigh University's Goodman Campus. Accessible shuttles will transport spectators to the Main Admission Gate. Spectators who are oxygen-dependent or wheelchair-bound should contact the Championship Office for more information - 610.814.6104.

DIRECTIONS USING LEHIGH UNIVERSITY'S GOODMAN CAMPUS SPECTATOR LOT

From New York, Northern New Jersey and Points East

Take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 14 (Newark Airport). Exiting the toll booth, follow the signs for Rt. 78 West. Stay on Rt. 78 West into Pennsylvania. Take the Rt. 412 Exit 67 to Hellertown/Bethlehem. Turn left at the light at the exit and follow Rt. 412 South through Hellertown to Water Street. Turn right on Water Street which turns into Friedensville Road. Follow Friedensville Road to Mountain Drive. Turn right on Mountain Drive to Lehigh University ’s Goodman Campus entrance on right.

From Scranton and Points North

Take Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension (Rt. 476) South to Rt. 22/78 East (Allentown). Follow Rt. 22/78 East to Rt. 378 South Exit towards Bethlehem. Follow Rt. 378 South through Bethlehem and over the mountain. Take a left at the light onto Seidersville Road.  Bear left at the fork, staying on Seidersville Road. Follow to the stop sign and turn right onto Mountain Drive. Turn left into Lehigh University's Goodman Campus.

DIRECTIONS USING WEST SPECTATOR LOT

From Philadelphia, Southern Jersey and Points South

Take Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension (Rt. 476) North to Rt. 663 Exit (Quakertown). After the toll, turn left and follow Rt. 663 North to Rt. 309. Turn left onto Rt. 309 North to Center Valley Parkway. Turn right on Center Valley Parkway and follow to the second traffic light. Turn right onto Saucon Valley Road. Follow Saucon Valley Road to the first stop sign (four way stop) and turn left at the stop sign onto Old Bethlehem Pike. The entrance to the West Spectator Lot will be on your right.

From Harrisburg and Points West

Take Route 78 East. Exit onto Route 309 South (Exit 60 to Quakertown). Once on Rt. 309, take the first exit for 78 East Bethlehem/Saucon Valley Road – follow the signs for Center Valley Parkway. At the traffic light, turn left onto Center Valley Parkway. At the third traffic light turn right on Saucon Valley Road. Follow Saucon Valley Road to the first stop sign (four way stop) and turn left at the stop sign on Old Bethlehem Pike. The entrance to the West Spectator Lot will be on your right.

Prohibited Items

In an effort to create the best environment for the Championship and our spectators, the following items will not be allowed onto the Championship grounds. Please avoid any inconvenience by leaving these items at home or in your vehicles. Be prepared to submit yourself and personal items for inspection.

List of Prohibited Items

  • No Cell Phones including any cell phones with photographic capabilities
  • No PDAs and/or other Portable E-Mail Devices
  • No Noise-Producing Electronic Devices (including MP3 Players)
  • No Cameras and/or Camcorders (other than Mon.-Wed. for personal photographic use only and without their cases)
  • No Bags larger than 8”W X 8”H X 8”D in their natural state
  • No Cases and/or Covers (such as chair or umbrella covers)
  • No Signs, Posters and/or Banners
  • No Televisions and/or Radios unless provided by the USGA
  • No Ladders and/or Step Stools or other similar items
  • No Food and/or Beverage
  • No Containers and/or Coolers
  • No Pets (other than service animals)
  • No Lawn and/or Folding Armchairs
  • No Bicycles
  • No Metal-Spiked Golf Shoes
  • No Weapons (regardless of permit, including but not limited to firearms or knives)

Any other items deemed unlawful or dangerous by the USGA and/or Championship Security Personnel, in their sole discretion.

Recycle

Please use on-course recycling containers for proper disposal of all paper, plastic and aluminum products.

Ticket Information

Tickets must be displayed at all times. All sales are final; no exchanges or refunds. The U.S. Women’s Open Championship is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. Anyone attempting to alter or reproduce tickets in whole or in part will be prosecuted under the law. Children 17 and under will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Ticket License Agreement

Tips For Spectators

The following suggestions will help you have the most enjoyable experience possible:

  • Cameras are permitted during the Practice Rounds only (Mon. – Wed.)
  • Please do not ask for autographs during the Championship rounds Thursday through Sunday.
  • Stay behind the gallery ropes at all times and cooperate with the marshals' directions.
  • Dispose of trash and recycling properly to help keep the course beautiful.
  • Remain still for each shot and do not move until all players in the group have played or holed out.
  • Please walk, do not run on the grounds.
  • Display your badge or ticket at all times.
Will Call

Will Call is available for last minute ticket pick-up and distribution. Will Call is located at the Main Admission Gate.

2009 U.S. Women's Open Championship Office • 2050 Saucon Valley Road • Bethlehem, PA 18015

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