News & Tours
June 05, 2015

Why you won't see the iconic scoreboards at this year's U.S. Open

The USGA has announced several enhancements to the U.S. Open's "digital fan experience," most notably the elimination of their iconic manual scoreboards. Fans sitting on the U.S. Open's 18th green, home to the largest of the manual scoreboards, will now see a video screen replicating the look of the old board while being interspersed with other content.

Photographers also do not like the video boards because faster action shutters speeds tend to lead to video pixilation. Fans also traditionally pose for photos in front of the scoreboard bearing the USGA logo and championship decorations.

The Masters has golf's most famous 18th hole scoreboard and also uses the iconic white-and-black type design for online scoring. The same goes for the R&A with its traditional yellow "boxes" on either side of the 18th hole grandstands. The R&A, however, converted its on-course scoreboards to video in 2014. The PGA Championship continues to use a manual 18th hole scoreboard, too.

The USGA announced other fan enhancements, including a new app friendly to on-site spectators along with multiple channels of streaming coverage to augment the traditional network telecast.

Here are some more images of the scoreboards from over the years.