Although tens of thousands of golf fans are expected to descend upon Sebonack Golf Club in Tuckahoe for the U.S. Women
’s Open next month, the traffic is forecast to be less severe than during the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.
There will still be some impact, however, said Tom Neely, Southampton Town’s transportation and traffic safety director.
The sporting event—the practice rounds are June 24 to 26, and the championship rounds June 27 to 30—is expected to draw about 40,000 people, approximately a quarter the number the men’s event drew nine years ago. It will also be held farther away from busy County Road 39.
Shrubland Road will be closed between County Road 39 and Knollwood Drive during the championship, and public parking in and around the golf club will be prohibited, according to a statement by Michael Perez, marketing and promotions manager for the Open.
“There will be an impact to the area,” said Southampton Town Police Chief Robert Pearce. “We hope to minimize that impact by using the bus to get people to the course and have the off-site parking. But with any additional traffic to County Road 39, it’s always a tendency to bog things down a bit.”
A free general parking lot for spectators will be located off Magee Street and County Road 39, and free shuttle service, including handicapped-accessible shuttles, will transport fans to the event’s main entrance, according to Mr. Perez. The shuttles will run continually starting at 6:30 a.m. and stop about an hour after play each day.
Complimentary shuttle service will also run between the Southampton train station and the golf club. Ticket-buyers for the Women’s Open can receive free round-trip train transportation on the Long Island Rail Road by entering “LIRR” during checkout at www.2013uswomensopen.com. One free train ticket comes with the purchase of a championship-round ticket, and two train tickets come with a four-pack of Open tickets, according to Mr. Perez.