PINEHURST, N.C. — In two weeks, the village of Pinehurst, N.C. will be full of people for one of the largest golf events in the country.
Both the Men's and Women's US Open tournaments will be kicking off and so will festivities in the village. This year, for the first time in many years, law enforcement will allow open containers of alcohol inside the village.
The Pinehurst police department has been preparing for these events for more than six months.
"We are going to be ambassadors for the village of Pinehurst," said Floyd Thomas, deputy chief of the Pinehurst Police Department. "We are going to have a lot of people from out of state that don't understand ABC laws, so we will explain that to them. If they are misbehaving, we will ask them to behave properly."
Although people can walk throughout the village with an open container of beer or wine, local restaurants and bars will be required to stop those people from coming in and out of their establishments with them.
Bars and restaurants can sell a closed beer or bottle of wine to a customer to take out of the building, and with the amount of events planned in the evenings after the tournament, this may be a good option. But police hope people drink responsibly and enjoy their town.
"Make it not a party atmosphere, a good time atmosphere," Thomas said. "We don't come down here like spring break, but we want people to come have a good time and be able to enjoy themselves without too much worry."