Golf fans urged to plan their trip as the Emirates Australian Open begins, NSW

Police are urging golf enthusiasts to leave the car at home and take public transport to the Emirates Australian Open starting from Thursday.

Thousands of fans are expected to descend on The Royal Sydney Golf Club at Rose Bay to cheer on their favourites as the golf championship unfolds.

Fans will be treated to a Pro-Am Day from 7am tomorrow, followed by three main rounds played out from Thursday to Saturday (17 to 20 November 2016).

The final round will start at 7.30am on Sunday (20 November 2016), to determine who will take home the Stonehaven Cup, NSW Police say.

Police have launched Operation Hammett for the duration of the event to ensure the safety and security of players, officials and thousands of spectators expected to attend the competition.

Throughout the event, officers will conduct a highly visible police operation assisted by Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Police Transport Command.

Operation Hammett Commander, Superintendent Gavin Dengate, said police have been working closely with event organisers to ensure the safety of everyone involved and minimise the impact of the event on the wider community.

“We’re expecting more than 30,000 people to head to The Royal Sydney Golf Club during the competition and we are focusing on a safe and family-friendly environment,” Supt Dengate said.

“There is no public parking at the venue, so our best advice is to leave the car at home and utilise public transport services.”

“For those spectators who must drive, street parking may be limited, with clearways in place and you should expect lengthy delays, particularly at the conclusion of the event,” Supt Dengate said.

For all special event traffic information, including any possible road closures, special event clearways and live traffic reports, visit: www.livetraffic.com.

“There are several public transport options available, including buses, and free shuttle services for those who are travelling by train,” Supt Dengate said.

Commuters are advised Bondi Junction Railway Station is the closest station when heading to the venue this weekend and regular shuttle services will be available to ferry spectators from the station to The Royal Sydney Golf Club.

Visit www.131500.com.au or call 131 500 for all the latest timetable and ticketing information for trains, buses, ferries and taxi ranks.

Supt Dengate also reminded spectators to check the event website for details on items that are prohibited on the course, which includes alcohol or glass bottles, audio or video equipment, and signs or banners.

“There are strict guidelines for spectators, and police will be working with event organisers to ensure these guidelines are enforced,” Supt Dengate said.

“Police aren’t there to spoil anyone’s fun and we want everyone to have a good time – but not at the expense of other people’s safety.

“Don’t risk spoiling your day by bringing prohibited items on the course, if you are found in possession of alcohol it will be confiscated or disposed of without warning.” Supt Dengate said.

For event information, including details of prohibited items and public transport arrangements, visit: https://www.ausopengolf.com/

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