Chambers Bay course to open hour later Saturday, Sunday

Spectators attending the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay on Saturday and Sunday won’t be able to get onto the actual course until 7 a.m., USGA officials said Friday.

The hour delay — the course opened to the public at 6 a.m. during the practice and first two championship rounds Monday through Friday — will allow crews more time to prep the course for the final two rounds, said Danny Sink, championship director.

“The Spectator Square will be open. The merchandise pavilion will be open. The North Meadow area will be open,” Sink said. “But access to the actual golf course is limited to 7 o’clock to let us do that last-minute maintenance.”

Shuttles from Fort Steilacoom Park and the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup will continue to run starting at 5:30 a.m.

USGA spokeswoman Janeen Driscoll said spectators won’t miss any action as tee times are usually pushed back to 8:30 a.m. or so after the field is reduced following Friday’s round.

“Opening the gates at 7 won’t make anyone miss play,” Driscoll said.