So you’ve got your U.S. Open tickets in hand, and you’re heading to Pinehurst today, Friday or this weekend to take in some golf.

Be smart and read this “12 Do’s and Don’ts for the 2014 U.S. Open,” posted by Rant fiend (and friend … honestly, that was a typo, but I liked it and kept it) Alex Podlogar.

And obey these rules. Like the “wear tennis shoes and socks” rule. Trust me … this is the best advice on the page.

Pinehurst No. 2 is being praised for its rough terrain, but that terrain goes for the spectators just as much as the pros. If you’re not planning on spending your entire day in an air conditioned corporate tent, you’ll be traversing through sand, dirt and pine needles (plus a little mud, what with the rain we’re getting this week).

There’s quite a crowd out here already (and it’s barely 9:30 a.m. on Round 1). Get used to that as well. Unless you’re just the biggest Mickelson freak on the planet, you’ll be miserable if you try to follow him or any of the stars all day, because their following is enormous. Pick a nice shaded spot with a good view, and let the action come to you.

Have fun and stay hydrated. I love you, golfers.

– Billy Liggett