No Cell Phones Allowed at U.S. Open in Merion

As Main Line residents know all too well, the 2013 U.S. Open starts on Monday at Ardmore’s Merion Golf Club. The locals are already complaining about parking, road closures and other inconveniences, and the U.S. Open-goers are going to have a major complaint of their own when they show up for the first swings: they’re not allowed to bring in their cell phones.

That’s right, in the year 2013, when everyone over the age of 10 is permanently attached to their phone, cell phones are not allowed at the U.S. Open. According to the security policy dictated on the U.S. Open’s Spectator Guide, prohibited items include cell phones, PDAs, iPads and other tablet computers, MP3 players, radios and pretty much any other technology invented in modern times.

So if you’re expecting to become the Twitter king of the U.S. Open or, you know, field a call from an important client, you’re going to be out of luck. Sounds pretty darn annoying if you ask me. How much were those tickets again?