What's Banned at the U.S. Open?

USGA announces security details for upcoming championship

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011  |  Updated 8:18 PM EDT
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What you can and can't bring to the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

Elaine Reyes

What you can and can't bring to the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

The U.S. Golf Association has released its official security plan for the upcoming 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

If you're heading to Congressional by shuttle from reserved parking lots at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds and Crown Farm in Gaithersburg, Md., or at Dulles International Airport, you must go thru an airport-style screening process, including a metal detector, before boarding the shuttle.

There is also an extensive list of prohibited items at Congressional, including:

  • Cell phones (including those with photographic capabilities)
  • PDAs and other portable email devices
  • Noise-producing electronic devices, including MP3 Players
  • Cameras and/or camcorders (other than Mon. through Wed. for personal non-commercial use only and without their cases)
  • Bags larger than  8” x  8” x 8”
  • Cases and/or covers (such as umbrella covers)
  • Signs, posters, banners
  • Televisions and/or radios unless provided by the USGA
  • Food and/or beverages
  • Containers and/or coolers
  • Pets (other than service animals)
  • Lawn and/or folding armchairs
  • Bicycles
  • Ladders and/or step-stools or similar items
  • Metal-spiked golf shoes
  • Weapons (regardless of permit)
  • Items deemed unlawful or dangerous by the USGA and/or championship security personnel at their sole discretion

“Our security measures for the U.S. Open represent the collaborative efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies,” said Dan Hoban, the USGA’s director of security. “With cooperation from championship attendees, we anticipate that these screening measures will add minimally to the time required to enter the championship grounds.”

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