Viewing is much better in most cases from the grandstand seats. And if you plan to follow a group from hole to hole, there are going to be some frustrating times because your path often will be blocked. Seeing a player hit every shot over 18 holes is virtually impossible.

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(Editor’s note: Times golf writer Scott Hanson provides some perspective from Chambers Bay.)

I got an e-mail from a reader, telling me he was not coming to Chambers Bay because “another first at the U.S. Open will be the fact that spectators will be confined to the grandstands.”

Being the intrepid reporter that I am, I went from grandstand to grandstand to check this out. And not once did I see a person strapped to his or her seat, being told he or she could not move, or else.

But I can say this: Viewing is much better in most cases from the grandstand seats. And if you plan to follow a group from hole to hole, there are going to be some frustrating times because your path often will be blocked. Seeing a player hit every shot over 18 holes is virtually impossible.

And to be honest, that frustrated me. But I’ve had a change of heart. I hung out with my mom and dad Monday, and my mom, who is not a big golf fan, could not have had more fun. We hopped from grandstand to grandstand. By doing that, you might not see every shot at each hole, but you can see some shots at each hole.

There is more than one way to watch a golf tournament, and now that I have an open mind, I am having more fun. And everyone around me seems to be having fun, too.