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Be prepared to spend for food, drink at US Open

Steak, seafood and the basics: No matter what you choose to eat (or drink) at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, prepare to pay a little bit more for it.

Snacks such as bagels, cookies and chips fell in the $2-to-$3 range on the opening day of practice rounds Monday, while golf fans were spending between $7 and $10 for standard sandwiches and burgers.

Drinks were no different. A Bud Light cost $6.50; attendees spent 50 cents more for a microbrew. Wine was $8 a glass.

Starbucks was even more expensive than normal — a Frappuccino or iced coffee put fans back $6.

Bottled water was $2.50. Soft drinks and various juices were a dollar more.

Some spendier seafood items on the various menus in Spectator Square included a blackened shrimp hoagie for $9.50, a grilled salmon sandwich for $13 and a New England lobster roll for $12.

For people looking for simpler, cheaper options, hot dogs were $5.50 and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich cost $3. Those and other options also were available at generic concession stands around the golf course.

The steeper prices didn’t stop robust lines from forming early Monday morning.

Mike Hooper and Phil Currie of Kelowna, British Columbia, made it through their line and relaxed at Spectator Square, drinking beers and refueling after watching Tiger Woods play nine holes in his early morning practice round.

They weren’t too upset about the price for food and drink.

“Obviously, we’d love to have them cheaper, but they’re better than other sporting events,” Hooper said.

Currie said he enjoyed watching Woods tee off bright and early at 6 a.m., and was looking forward to watching other world-class golfers.

“I’ve never seen this many famous golfers all in one place before,” he said.

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