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Beth Daniel's guide to watching the US Women's Open

U.S. Women's Open

Annie Park tees off on the 12th hole during Monday, May 27, 2019 practice round for the 74th U.S. Women's Open being held at the Country Club of Charleston.Brad Nettles/Staff

Beth Daniel was about 6 years old when she began playing golf at the Country Club of Charleston. She joined her father's regular Tuesday afternoon game when she was about 14.

Few golfers know the Country Club of Charleston, host site of the 74th U.S. Women's Open this week, better than Daniel, the World Golf Hall of Famer and winner of 33 LPGA titles during her career.

The 94-year-old course, situated on old James Island farm land along the Wappoo Cut, will offer spectators the chance to watch the world's best golfers vie for one of the LPGA Tour's five major championships.

Daniel said her home course, set up as a par-71 at 6,535 yards for the U.S. Women's Open, also sets up well for spectators.

"It was farm land and pasture land before it was built on," said Daniel, who hosts the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea at the Country Club each August. "So it is not hilly, and it's such a pretty piece of land. On several holes, you are looking across the marsh to the harbor and the skyline of the city of Charleston, so it's really a pretty place."

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The Country Club of Charleston is set up for the U.S. Women's Open on Friday, May 24, 2019. Lauren Petracca/Staff

Here are Daniel's tips on how to get the most out of watching practice rounds and the tournament, which begins on Thursday:

The iconic 11th hole 

"Obviously, everybody wants to see No. 11," she said of the 172-yard par-3 hole, which features the famed "reverse Redan" with a large false front, the left front of the green raised high, and the putting surface sloping to the right rear.

"I remember as a kid watching the Azalea tournament with my dad, and we would go behind 11 green to watch everybody come through," she said. "That's definitely the hole that has the most potential for good or bad.

"They will put some bleachers up behind No. 11, but I don't know if it will be a big enough bleacher. There might not be enough room to fit everybody who wants to see that hole."

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Charleston's Beth Daniel talks with players and coaches during Monday, May 27, 2019 practice round for the 74th U.S. Women's Open being held at the Country Club of Charleston.Brad Nettles/Staff

"Amen Corner"

The closest thing the Country Club might have to Augusta National's famed "Amen Corner" is on the back nine where No. 12 green, No. 13 tee, No. 16 green and No. 17 green all come together in close proximity.

"If I wanted to set up shop and watch some golf, I would try to set up along that area of the course," Daniel said. "They will have a tent there behind 12 green, and at that point you can see four holes at once. You can see a lot of good golf there."

Grandstand view 

The grandstand at No. 17 green is another prime viewing spot, Daniel said.

"You can watch the approach shots at 16, the tee shot on 18, and watch the approach shots come into 17 green," she said. "And you can look across the lake and see No. 2, so that's a really good spot."

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The Country Club of Charleston was busy — especially for operations manager Matt Jolly passing posters of recent winners — on Friday, May 24, 2019 with preparations underway for the 74th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship beginning Thursday, May 30. It is the oldest of the LPGA Tour's five major championships. Wade Spees/Staff

Walking the course

"It's a very easy spectator course, and a good one," Daniel said. "It's not a difficult walk, and a lot of holes run parallel to each other. There are some areas where greens and tees are very close together, like No. 4 green and No. 5 tee, and No. 7 green and No. 8 tee. There are a lot of areas where multiple holes come into play."

A good place to see a lot of the best swings in the world at once is the practice range where the players warm up, located near No. 10 tee. The practice green in front of the clubhouse is another popular viewing spot.

Other ideas

Got kids?

Juniors under the age of 18 can stop by the new "selfie station," located near 18 green, to take photos with players. And there is a "Junior Experience" tent along No. 16 where activities include putting games and more.

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Workers set up the commentary booth in preparation for the U.S. Women's Open at the Country Club of Charleston on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Lauren Petracca/Staff

For older fans, there is the Lexus Performance Experience in Fan Central with state-of-the-art interactive golf experiences, including a photo opportunity with the U.S. Women’s Open Trophy and a putting green.

In addition, with an upgraded ticket fans can visit the Palmetto Pavilion, an open-air sports bar atmosphere with TV screens, upgraded food and beverage, as well as indoor and outdoor seating. The facility is directly behind the 18th tee box.

Watching from home? 

Fox and FS1 will televise the U.S. Women's Open live. FS1 has the coverage from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, with Fox taking over for the weekend from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

U.S. Women's Open tee times

Thursday (May 30), Hole #1 – Friday (May 31), Hole #10

7:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Emma Talley, Princeton, Ky.; Ally McDonald, West Point, Miss.; Mariah Stackhouse, Riverdale, Ga.

7:11 a.m. – 12:56 p.m. – Sarah Schmelzel, Phoenix, Ariz.; Yu Liu, People's Republic of China; (a) Yuka Saso, Philippines

7:22 a.m. – 1:07 p.m. – (a) Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, Fla.; Fatima Fernandez Cano, Spain; Jimin Kang, Scottsdale, Ariz.

7:33 a.m. – 1:18 p.m. – Nasa Hataoka, Japan; Mamiko Higa, Japan; Misuzu Narita, Japan

7:44 a.m. – 1:29 p.m. – Jane Park, Woodstock, Ga.; Lydia Ko, New Zealand; Carlota Ciganda, Spain

7:55 a.m. – 1:40 p.m. – Stacy Lewis, The Woodlands, Texas; Georgia Hall, England; Lizette Salas, Azusa, Calif.

8:06 a.m. – 1:51 p.m. – Cristie Kerr, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Anna Nordqvist, Sweden; Shanshan Feng, People's Republic of China

8:17 a.m. – 2:02 p.m. – Sei Young Kim, Republic of Korea; Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden; Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand

8:28 a.m. – 2:13 p.m. – (a) Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster, Colo.; (a) Sierra Brooks, Orlando, Fla.; (a) Maria Fassi, Mexico

8:39 a.m. – 2:24 p.m. – Jennifer Song, Orlando, Fla.; Celine Boutier, France; (a) Leonie Harm, Germany

8:50 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. – Karine Icher, France; Sandra Gal, Germany; Caroline Hedwall, Sweden

9:01 a.m. – 2:46 p.m. – Prima Thammaraks, Thailand; Maria Torres, Puerto Rico; (a) Karoline Stormo, Norway

9:12 a.m. – 2:57 p.m. – Jing Yan, People's Republic of China; Jasmine Suwannapura, Thailand; Tiffany Chan, Hong Kong China

Thursday (May 30), Hole #10 – Friday (May 31), Hole #1

7:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Austin Ernst, Seneca, S.C.; Marina Alex, Wayne, N.J.; (a) Jiwon Jeon, Republic of Korea

7:11 a.m. – 12:56 p.m. – Supmas Sangchan, Thailand; Hayley Davis, England; (a) Ty Akabane, Danville, Calif.

7:22 a.m. – 1:07 p.m. – (a) Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif.; Caroline Masson, Germany; Ryann O'Toole, San Clemente, Calif.

7:33 a.m. – 1:18 p.m. – Brittany Altomare, Tampa, Fla.; (a) Shannon Johnson, Norton, Mass.; Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass.

7:44 a.m. – 1:29 p.m. – Minjee Lee, Australia; Jinyoung Ko, Republic of Korea; Inbee Park, Republic of Korea

7:55 a.m. – 1:40 p.m. – Jenny Shin, Las Vegas, Nev.; (a) Patty Tavatanakit, Thailand; Anne Van Dam, Netherlands

8:06 a.m. – 1:51 p.m. – Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand; Sung Hyun Park, Republic of Korea; Lexi Thompson, Delray Beach, Fla.

8:17 a.m. – 2:02 p.m. – Nelly Korda, Bradenton, Fla.; Brooke Henderson, Canada; Danielle Kang, Las Vegas, Nev.

8:28 a.m. – 2:13 p.m. – In Gee Chun, Republic of Korea; Amy Yang, Republic of Korea; So Yeon Ryu, Republic of Korea

8:39 a.m. – 2:24 p.m. – Esther Henseleit, Germany; Marissa Steen, West Chester, Ohio; Stephanie Meadow, Northern Ireland

8:50 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. – TBD Player 70,; Saranporn Langkulgasettrin, Thailand; (a) Gabriela Ruffels, Australia

9:01 a.m. – 2:46 p.m. – Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras, Thailand; Jenny Haglund, Sweden; TBD Player 75

9:12 a.m. – 2:57 p.m. – (a) Amanda Hollandsworth, Floyd, Va.; Babe Liu, Chinese Taipei; Charlotte Thomas, England

Thursday (May 30), Hole #1 – Friday (May 31), Hole #10

12:45 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. – Aditi Ashok, India; Haeji Kang, Republic of Korea; Ayako Uehara, Japan

12:56 p.m. – 7:11 a.m. – Chella Choi, Republic of Korea; (a) Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas; Jeongeun Lee, Republic of Korea

1:07 p.m. – 7:22 a.m. – Hannah Green, Australia; Heather Young, Fort Worth, Texas; (a) Albane Valenzuela, Stanford, Calif.

1:18 p.m. – 7:33 a.m. – Hyojoo Kim, Republic of Korea; Jiyai Shin, Republic of Korea; Mi Hyang Lee, Republic of Korea

1:29 p.m. – 7:44 a.m. – Laura Davies, England; Karrie Webb, Australia; Leona Maguire, Republic of Ireland

1:40 p.m. – 7:55 a.m. – Na Yeon Choi, Republic of Korea; Brittany Lang, McKinney, Texas; Eun Hee Ji, Republic of Korea

1:51 p.m. – 8:06 a.m. – Jessica Korda, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Azahara Munoz, Spain; Jaye Marie Green, Jupiter, Fla.

2:02 p.m. – 8:17 a.m. – Morgan Pressel, Boca Raton, Fla.; Gerina Piller, Roswell, N.M.; Paula Creamer, Pleasanton, Calif.

2:13 p.m. – 8:28 a.m. – Angela Stanford, Saginaw, Texas; Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England; Charley Hull, England

2:24 p.m. – 8:39 a.m. – Wichanee Meechai, Thailand; Ashleigh Buhai, South Africa; (a) Yuri Yoshida, Japan

2:35 p.m. – 8:50 a.m. – TBD Player 109; Dori Carter, Valdosta, Ga.; Ingrid Gutierrez Nunez, Mexico

2:46 p.m. – 9:01 a.m. – (a) Rose Zhang, Irvine, Calif.; TBD Player 113; Pornanong Phatlum, Thailand

2:57 p.m. – 9:12 a.m. – Megan Osland, Canada; (a) Megha Ganne, Holmdel, N.J.; (a) Megan Furtney, South Elgin, Ill.

Thursday (May 30), Hole #10 – Friday (May 31), Hole #1

12:45 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. – Lindy Duncan, Plantation, Fla.; Jacqui Concolino, Orlando, Fla.; Gaby Lopez, Mexico

12:56 p.m. – 7:11 a.m. – Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso, Monaco; (a) Jennifer Chang, Cary, N.C.; Delfina Acosta, Argentina

1:07 p.m. – 7:22 a.m. – Haruka Amamoto, Japan; (a) Celeste Dao, Canada; TBD Player 126

1:18 p.m. – 7:33 a.m. – Sarah Kemp, Australia; Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Denmark; Naomi Ko, Canada

1:29 p.m. – 7:44 a.m. – Bronte Law, England; Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y.; Amy Olson, Fargo, N.D.

1:40 p.m. – 7:55 a.m. – Hina Arakaki, Japan; Sakura Yokomine, Japan; Ai Suzuki, Japan

1:51 p.m. – 8:06 a.m. – Angel Yin, Orlando, Fla.; Jeongeun6 Lee, Republic of Korea; Pei-Yun Chien, Chinese Taipei

2:02 p.m. – 8:17 a.m. – Mirim Lee, Republic of Korea; Su-Hyun Oh, Australia; Katherine Kirk, Australia

2:13 p.m. – 8:28 a.m. – Suzuka Yamaguchi, Japan; Eri Okayama, Japan; (a) Nanako Ueno, Japan

2:24 p.m. – 8:39 a.m. – Yan Liu, People's Republic of China; Jihyun Kim, Republic of Korea; (a) Dasom Ma, Republic of Korea

2:35 p.m. – 8:50 a.m. – (a) Reagan Zibilski, Springfield, Mo.; (a) Sabrina Iqbal, San Jose, Calif.; Amy Ruengmateekhun, Garland, Texas

2:46 p.m. – 9:01 a.m. – (a) Gina Kim, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Jiyu Jung, Republic of Korea; Olafia Kristinsdottir, Iceland

2:57 p.m. – 9:12 a.m. – Rachel Rohanna, Marianna, Pa.; (a) Auston Kim, St. Augustine, Fla.; Wei-Ling Hsu, Chinese Taipei

Reach Jeff Hartsell at 843-937-5596. Follow on Twitter @Jeff_fromthePC

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