One main parking lot funnels fans to women's U.S. Open
Posted June 16
The women's U.S. Open Championship this week at Pinehurst No. 2 is expected to draw crowds, but not nearly on the scale of the hundreds of thousands who made the men's event a sellout last week.
Organizers have set aside one main park-and-ride lot for fans with tickets to this week's practice rounds (Monday through Wednesday) and competition (Thursday through Sunday).
The Blue Lot, on Sand Pit Road near Roseland Road, offers free parking and complimentary shuttles to Pinehurst Resort beginning at 5:30 a.m. daily.
The trip takes about 15 minutes. The last shuttles return to the parking lot at 7 p.m. or one hour after play is finished for the day.
During peak traffic times, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., shuttles could be full and the trip may take a bit longer, organizers say.
There is no spectator parking in the immediate vicinity of the golf course.
People requiring lift-equipped shuttle transportation can contact the Transportation Hotline at 1-800-698-0661.
All other parking is by permit only.
Spectator drop-off will only be allowed at the designated area located off Midland Road from the traffic circle near Gate 3.
Getting to the lot
Blue Lot (South)
From I-95 Northbound and Southbound
Exit I-95 onto NC-20 in St. Pauls via Exit 31 (Raeford/Pinehurst).
From NC-20 West, exit onto Us-401 South (Business) in Raeford.
Continue on US-401 (Business) until reaching NC-211 West in Raeford and follow NC-211 West for approximately 16.6 miles
Turn right onto US-15/501 North and follow for 0.3 miles.
Turn left onto US-1 South.
Turn right onto Roseland Road and follow signage to the Blue Lot.
From points south using US-1 Northbound
From US-1 North (Rockingham), turn left onto Baltimore Avenue in Pinebluff and follow for approximately 1 mile.
Turn right onto Sand Pit Road and follow signage to the Blue Lot
Roads closed in, near Pinehurst
Even those not headed to the Open will have to deal with some traffic hassles. Sections of many roads in Pinehurst will be closed, mostly around the course.
The following roads are closed:
- Morganton Road
- Muster Branch Road
- Pine Tree Road
- Village Green Road
- and Palmetto Road.
Tournament-specific parking regulations are in effect in the Village of Pinehurst as well. On-street parking is prohibited in many areas. Village Center parking will be limited to three hours.
Also, pay close attention to pedestrian and golf cart traffic.