Neither the dead nor those who honor them should fear the coming of championship golf to Chambers Bay.
Ron Messenger, president of New Tacoma Cemeteries, Funeral Home & Crematory, said this week that patrons who wish to visit the memorials of loved ones will not be inconvenienced by the coming of the U.S. Open.
New Tacoma Cemetery is within a chip shot of the Chambers Bay golf course.
“What level of traffic there will be we cannot predict,” he said this week. “The best hope is that we will (see) little impact.”
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Security personnel will be stationed at the cemetery entrance during the event to ensure that visitors have not come to park while attending the championship. Patrons wishing to visit the graves or remains of the departed will be welcomed to the site, as always, Messenger said.
The cemetery will be a temporary destination, as no through traffic will be allowed on nearby streets. Championship organizers have arranged to secure some parking spaces on undeveloped cemetery land, but parking will be allowed only by prior arrangement.
“People will have full access. We will be very much aware of those coming in and making sure they have free access.” Messenger said of patrons who come to remember.
“We don’t see any adverse impact at all,” he said.