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Take the LIRR to the 118th U.S. Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
June 7-17, 2018

The MTA Long Island Rail Road is the easiest and most convenient way to get to the U.S. Open. The LIRR is committed to providing safe and comfortable transportation. Train service will be provided in both directions on the Montauk Branch and will accommodate customers traveling from either New York City or Eastern Long Island. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is located 85 miles from New York’s Penn Station and the trip is expected to take approximately two hours.

Golf fans will utilize a temporary train platform that will be constructed in close proximity to the championship grounds. After exiting the train, fans will proceed through security screening prior to crossing a pedestrian bridge to reach the championship grounds. Provisions for persons with limited mobility will be in place to enable access to the championship. Regular fares will be charged. Tickets purchased after boarding the train carry an additional charge, so the LIRR encourages golf fans to purchase Round-Trip tickets in advance from a Ticket Machine, staffed Ticket Office, or through MTA eTix, a mobile ticketing App. For schedule information please see Schedules and Fares or click here.


There is NO PARKING at the Shinnecock Hills LIRR Station. Complimentary parking and shuttle bus transportation will be provided by the USGA at Francis S. Gabreski Airport, located in Westhampton, due west of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.  Shuttle bus transportation to/from the championship entrance will take approximately 25 minutes.  For fans with disabilities requiring lift-equipped shuttle transportation at the Gabreski Airport parking area or upon arriving via LIRR train at the Shinnecock Hills station, please contact the USGA Admissions Office at 800.698.0661 for assistance.

It will be extremely challenging to find parking at LIRR stations located along the Babylon and Montauk Branches during the 118th US Open Championship, especially on weekdays.  Commuter parking lots at these LIRR stations are limited in size and are usually full on weekdays. Please DO NOT drive to LIRR stations near Shinnecock Hills with the intention of finding a parking space and boarding a train.  Instead, board  LIRR trains at western terminals in NYC (Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal or Jamaica).  You will have better luck parking at LIRR stations on weekends (although there is no guarantee that parking will be available).  Most municipalities drop their parking restrictions on Saturdays and Sundays and some LIRR stations, such as Freeport, Copiague, Islip, Oakdale or Sayville have parking lots that offer free and unrestricted parking.  Please note that parking lots/spaces may not be immediately adjacent to the station, so be prepared to walk and allow extra travel time.

Fans can be dropped off and picked up from a designated area located at the Stony Brook University campus in Southampton.  There is no parking or staging for vehicles at this location, so please coordinate pick-up times accordingly. Due to traffic restrictions, access is limited to vehicles no larger than a 12-passenger van or limousine.

Planning to ride your bike to the US Open?  Bike racks will be provided at the general parking area at Francis S. Gabreski Airport and at the designated passenger drop-off at the Stony Brook University campus in Southampton.  Owners are advised to lock bicycles securely.


All times are Eastern Daylight Time and schedules are subject to change. Starting times will be posted once available at and pairings guides will be available just inside the championship gates.

Players will have the option of starting practice rounds at the first or 10th tee. Players electing to play a full round generally begin between 6:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. It is typical for players to be on the golf course or practice areas until at least 7 p.m.

  • Monday, June 11 (Gates open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, June 12 (Gates open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, June 13 (Gates open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Play is scheduled to begin at 6:45 a.m. from both the first and 10th tees. The last groups are scheduled to begin play at 2:42 p.m. from both the first and 10th tees.

  • Thursday, June 14 (first round) (Gates open 6 a.m. to conclusion of play)
  • Friday, June 15 (second round) (Gates open 6 a.m. to conclusion of play)

The first starting time will be determined by the number of players who make the cut at the conclusion of the second round (60 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 60th place). Generally, the first pairing begins play from the first tee between 7:30-8:30 a.m.; the last pairing for both days will start from the first tee at approximately 2:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, June 16 (third round) (Gates open 6 a.m. to conclusion of play)
  • Sunday, June 17 (fourth round) (Gates open 6 a.m. to conclusion of play)

If there is a tie for the low score after 72 holes, a two-hole aggregate playoff will be held immediately following the final round. If the playoff results in a tie, the tied players will continue to play off hole-by-hole (sudden-death format) until the champion is determined.

List of Prohibited Items

  • No Weapons (regardless of permit, including but not limited to firearms or knives)
  • No Explosives and/or Fireworks of any kind
  • No Tablets and/or Computers (cellular mobile devices smaller than 7" are permitted, subject to mobile device policy)
  • No Selfie Sticks
  • No Noise-Producing Devices (including portable speakers)
  • No Backpacks, Briefcases, Purses and/or Bags larger than 6" W x 6" H x 6" D in their natural state

NOTE: Transparent/clear plastic hand and shoulder bags no larger than 12" W x 12" H x 6" D are permitted.

  • No Signs, Posters and/or Banners
  • No Food and/or Beverages except for medical or infant needs
  • No Containers, Coolers, Aerosol Cans and/or Spray Bottles except for medical or infant needs

NOTE: Personal-care items (3-ounce size or less) and transparent/clear empty plastic water bottles (size 24 ounce or less) are permitted.

  • No Pets (other than service animals as defined by the ADA assisting disabled individuals)
  • No Lawn Chairs and/or Oversized Chairs with Arms (compact chairs without arms are permitted with no case)
  • No Ladders and/or Step Stools or other similar items
  • No Bicycles allowed inside admission areas or on the championship grounds
  • No other items deemed unlawful, dangerous or disruptive by the USGA and/or Championship Security Personnel, in their sole discretion

NOTE: The USGA reserves the right to amend the List of Prohibited Items at any time to provide a safe and secure championship.

Safety and Etiquette

If you observe the following guidelines, your experience at the U.S. Open Championship will be a more enjoyable one:

  • Please stay behind gallery ropes and follow directions of championship marshals at all times.
  • Do not cross fairways except at designated crosswalk areas.
  • Be considerate of others and kneel or sit if you are in the front row of the gallery.
  • Stay quiet and stand still when players are about to hit or when instructed by marshals.
  • All mobile device volume controls must be set to silent or vibrate at all times.
  • To ensure your safety at all times, walk carefully and never run.
  • The U.S. Open Championship involves substantial walking on grassy hills, dirt paths and other uneven surfaces. Please wear appropriate footwear such as sneakers.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • To provide protection from the sun, remember to wear sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. Please note that sunscreen in bottles and tubes, 3 ounces or less is permitted. Sunscreen in spray bottles and/or aerosol cans is not permitted.
  • Ticks are commonly found in the area on shrubs and high grass. Please apply insect repellent, and check clothing and exposed body areas while on-site and when you return home.
  • Dispose of plastic bottles, aluminum and cardboard in blue recycle bags.
  • Dispose of trash (food, cups, concession ware, napkins) in green bags.
  • Fans will be subject to expulsion and the loss of ticket privileges for the following breaches of etiquette:
    • Making rude, vulgar or other inappropriate comments or gestures.
    • Verbal or physical harassment of players, volunteers, officials or fans.
    • Distracting a player or any disruption of play.
    • Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, unsafe or illegal in nature.
    • Failing to follow the instructions of a championship official, volunteer or security personnel.

Mobile Device Policy

The USGA encourages fans to capture their favorite moments at our championships and stay connected with family and friends while on-site. We have set guidelines on mobile device usage, to ensure our players and other fans are not unnecessarily distracted or disrupted during the championship. Fans may carry mobile devices smaller than 7” in length and/or height including cellphones and smartphones; however, please make sure all device volume controls are set to “silent” or “vibrate”

at all times and flash photography is disabled prior to entering the championship gate. “Fan Zones” have been designated throughout the championship site for fans to place or receive calls while on-site. Phone calls must not be received or placed in any area that may disrupt play including grandstands.

Texting and email are permissible throughout all areas of the golf course. Photography, audio, and video recording (but no live streaming) are permitted on course Monday through Wednesday only, as well as in Fan Zones throughout championship week. Content may not be used for commercial purposes. Shot-by-shot coverage of any player is not permitted at any time throughout championship week.

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.


Meteorology staff will be on-site monitoring weather conditions at all times. The USGA will communicate important safety information to fans through special Alerts that will appear on all leader boards, thru boards and video boards. Please read all Alerts and follow safety instructions. In general, an Alert shown in blue or yellow is being posted for general awareness while orange indicates that fans should be prepared to take action. An Alert shown in red poses an imminent threat and will require immediate action as stated in the Alert:

  • A Weather Advisory (Blue) will be posted to alert fans of specific weather conditions that will require certain precautions.
  • A Weather Watch (Yellow) will be posted to alert fans that dangerous weather is possible.
  • A Weather Warning (Orange) will be posted to alert fans that dangerous weather is approaching, and they should be prepared to take shelter or return to their vehicles.
  • A Weather Warning (Red) will be posted to alert fans that dangerous weather is imminent, and they should exit grandstands and take shelter immediately.

A suspension of play for dangerous conditions will be indicated by one prolonged air-horn blast. In the event of a suspension of play, grandstands will be cleared immediately. If lightning is detected, please avoid open areas, hilltops, high places, isolated trees, golf carts and wire fences, and seek shelter immediately. Play will resume as soon as conditions allow.

For more information on 118th U.S. Open Championship fan guidelines and for regular championship updates, please visit

2018 U.S. Open LIRR Train Fare*

Shinnecock Hills
Round-Trip One-Way

Zone 1
Penn Station, Brooklyn, Woodside

$42.50 $21.75
Zone 2
$36.50 $18.25
Zone 3
$34.50 $17.25
Zone 7
Rockville Centre, Merrick, Massapequa Park
$32.00 $16.00
Zone 9
Amityville, Babylon
$26.00 $13.00
Zone 10
Bay Shore, Patchogue
$18.50 $9.25
Zone 12
$12.50 $6.25
Zone 14
Montauk, Westhampton
$6.50 $3.25

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