On this Cyber Monday, the hottest deal in golf might just belong to … the USGA?
On Monday, the USGA is opening its 2023 U.S. Open ticket presale, and access to next June’s national championship is expected to be a very hot commodity.
There are a few reasons for the enthusiasm surrounding next year’s tournament. For one thing, the U.S. Open is returning to the LA area for the first time since 1948 and will visit the North Course at Los Angeles Country Club, No. 10 in GOLF’s latest Top 100 U.S. courses list, for the first time ever. For another, the USGA is actually limiting ticket sales to the Open, citing “capacity limitations” with the course. The USGA imposed similar limitations at Merion Golf Club in 2013.
Prices will also be significantly higher this year, with Monday general admission tickets starting at $125 and going all the way up to $300 and $290 for the third and fourth rounds, respectively. There will be no weekly badge available.
Tickets will go on sale at 12 p.m. EST for members of the USGA, the Victory Club and the Southern California Golf Association and an hour later for the general public.
If you’re interested, here’s how you can score tickets of your own to the event, which will be contested from June 12-18, 2023.
Fans snakebitten over the Taylor Swift/Ticketmaster debacle can breathe easy knowing the USGA is using the digital ticket platform AXS for ticketing. Those hoping to purchase a ticket must create an account on AXS.com (you can knock that out now in order to streamline the checkout process).
Once the sale starts, fans in the U.S. Open waiting room will be randomly selected to enter a ticketing queue. From there, they will have a limited amount of time to buy tickets. The waiting room will automatically open 30 minutes before the sale time.
Tickets will be limited to just two tickets per day, per transaction due to the aftermentioned capacity limitations at LACC North.
Pricing and options
General Admission ($125 to $300)
The cheapest way to see golf’s national championship is through general admission gallery tickets. They allow access to the grounds, as well as entrance to various grandstands. Prices vary by day, starting at $125 and increasing by day in increments of $150, $200, $275, $285, $300 and $290 for Sunday’s final round.
No food, drink or parking is included with these tickets. The USGA says parking pass purchase information will be available at a later date.
Juniors under 17 can attend the practice rounds for free. Each ticket-purchasing adult may request two junior tickets.
For Championship rounds, kids under the age of 12 are granted free entrance, while juniors ages 13-17 can get tickets for $75. The rule of two junior tickets per adult ticket still applies.
Trophy Club featuring Corona Premier ($175 to $500)
The Trophy Club will be located at LACC’s South Course, and tickets for include gallery access plus a “premium experience where you can enjoy all the action in a sports-bar, lounge-type atmosphere.”
Prices Monday through Sunday for the Trophy Club are $175, $225, $350, $475, $485, $500 and $490.
Those with junior tickets can access the Trophy Club for $100 during practice rounds and $150 during championship rounds.
Pacific Club ($1300 to $1600)
The most expensive ticket option offers a rooftop deck and bar located on the fourth fairway with an air-conditioned lower-level space. This option is only available Wednesday through Sunday and will set you back $1300, $1450, $1500, $1600 or $1550 depending on the day.
That price does include all-inclusive food and drink, as well as one parking pass for every two tickets.
What if I miss out?
The USGA said it is “hopeful” to release more tickets at a later date and all USGA or Victory Club members will get ticket notifications.
While the USGA does not have a relationship with any secondary market website (Stubhub, Vivid Seats, etc.), they will be launching a re-sale marketplace with AXS closer to the Championship on USOpen.com.