Scores of people enjoyed lunch, drinks and attractions in the U.S. Open Spectator Square without missing a swing Thursday.
Some lounged in the grass and others turned around at their picnic tables to watch the big-screen live broadcast alongside the real-time readerboard advertising the locations of every golfer in the first round.
Two of those screens, one near concessions and another near the merchandise tent, helped spectators take a load off in the afternoon after many of them spent several hours parked at various grandstands around Chambers Bay.
Shell and Melanie Mays of Lacey were enjoying lunch for more than a half-hour after spending all morning at hole 14. The couple staked their claim around 6 a.m. and watched golfers cycle through.
Shell Mays said it’s difficult to follow all the action from any given spot on the course, so it’s great to have one spot to catch up on everything.
Pete Olmsted of Lakewood was happy he didn’t have to worry about any glare from the sun; the screen is very bright, he said.
“It’s pretty sweet,” he said, adding that it allows “you to catch your breath and keep tabs on what’s going on.”