Originally Posted by phan52
Is Sea World 16 miles from Torrey? Don't answer that, because I know it is not, it's an easy drive up 5. After the one remote parking lot was closed down because of the rain this past week, the nearest parking was in Chester, PA, almost in Delaware. And the range at Torrey is AT Torrey, not at a whole other site.
Not having the opportunity for ANYBODY to see important shots on the last four holes of a Major is ridiculous. And I won't even try to explain the chaotic situation at the last threee holes on Sunday on a golf course that sits on 134 acres because, really, you had to be there. In comparison, Aronimink had over 100,000 more people at the ATT National in 2010, but they have over 300 acres and there was plenty of opportunity to see every single shot that was hit on the golf course.
So what does the rain causing one parking lot to get shut down off the premises have to do with the size of Merion? That's the rains fault, not the courses. My point is that all of these events require patience from everybody attending, and pretty much all of them include off-site parking. Torrey would include a really long walk if you wanted to get to the range, whereas Merion required a shuttle instead. If I wanted to go to the range, I would drag myself over there ... but I didn't. If you want to go to the range, guess what you do? You get on the shuttle. If you don't want to deal with it, you stay at the course and watch more golf.
I still don't see what the big deal is about nobody seeing a few shots live. I've been to tournaments and tried to follow Tiger, and it's really hard to do. The vast majority of people don't see squat, anyway. I was 60 feet away from the green of 13 on Saturday when Tiger made his eagle in '08 and saw absolutely nothing. The same is going to be true about the last couple of holes of a major no matter who is leading. So the 500 people or so that would have had a good close up view of the putts on 16 and drives on 15 (or whatever) didn't get to? Big deal. That still doesn't inconvenience anybody.
It's a beautiful course, it held its own great, and if they hold another Open there I would be willing to bet that it will sell out again, and will generate massive TV ratings, and you will probably jump at the chance to marshal there again.