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Signs for private parking right outside the entrance to Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. (For the most part, the masses won't be parking here, but at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.)
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Signs for private parking right outside the entrance to Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. (For the most part, the masses won't be parking here, but at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.)

For those going today and tomorrow, free parking will be available at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, where shuttle busses will take fans to the golf course.

Starting Wednesday, in addition to the fairgrounds, there will also be a lot on the Crown Farm property in Gaithersburg.

Emil Wolanin, Montgomery County's chief traffic engineer, says security will be heavy for the event, and adds that it will be less of hassle for those who use the public parking lots.

"You'll exit your car, go through security screening, and be given the opportunity to take back any of the restricted items to your car so they can be in a safe place,” says Wolanin. “Then you'll go through the magnetometers and get on the bus."

Those who use the public lots will not have to go through security at the country club, whereas those who don't will. The restricted items are printed on the back of each ticket, and include cell phones.

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