— The golf course is full.
The carpool lanes are jammed.
And the cars are moving, too fast.
In one of the most anticipated courses in golf’s biggest game, there is no escaping the crowds of people waiting to play on Sunday.
The courses at Oak Hill Golf Club in Farmington, Va., and Glenwood Country Club in Virginia Beach, Va.- are among the most popular in the country and have attracted more than 200,000 golfers to play in the past three years.
The vast majority of them are casual players, according to Golf Digest magazine, and their crowds are bigger than any other in the sport.
But some of the courses also attract more serious golfers who are more likely to be involved in a crash than casual players.
At Glenwood, drivers who get into a car that doesn’t have the necessary equipment or are not licensed have to wait in a line for three hours.
At Oak Hill, there are no lines.
At Forest River, drivers can enter the fairway at any time.
At Glenwood the line stretches to several blocks and sometimes can take an hour to clear.
At Woodlands, it’s a block and a half.
At Farmington and Forest, there’s a one-hour wait.
The waits are even longer for players who have to go through the fairways.
At the Oak Hill course, the line is just a couple of blocks.
At the Glenwood it’s two.
At Forest River there are five cars per carpool.
At Highland, there have been two incidents at the fairgrounds in a week.
At Woods, there were two in the week, both of which involved drivers stuck in the carpool line.
In both cases, the drivers who are not required to obtain licenses to play have to stay at the scene of the accident and wait in line to play.
It’s part of a national trend in which drivers are taking to the roads more than ever in the wake of an accident.
The accidents at Glenwood and Oak Hill have become more frequent in recent weeks, with one driver getting out of his car and hitting another driver with a pole.
At one time, drivers were allowed to play through the turn and the fair.
In recent weeks the rules have changed, and drivers have been forced to wait.
Woodlands has had two crashes involving drivers stuck on the car.
In one, a driver jumped out of a car at Glenbrook and hit a pedestrian who had just been killed in a road accident.
At another, a man in a pickup truck who had been driving a golf cart, hit a bicyclist and seriously injured a woman in a separate crash on a golf path.
At Woods, the police have said there have only been three incidents involving drivers in the fair and the turn.
In two of those incidents, the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol.
Both incidents involved drivers who had not been issued a license to play, though the driver’s blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.19.
At some of these incidents, there has been no alcohol found on the driver.
At one of these two incidents, a motorist hit a man who was sitting in his truck in the lane between the fair area and the parking lot, police said.
The man was not seriously injured.
At least one other driver has been cited for driving under influence and has been charged with careless driving.
At Oak Hill this year, the road is a five-mile stretch of asphalt, not a four-mile strip of asphalt like Glenwood.
Drivers who are able to drive through the turns, which are two feet wide and can be a few feet apart, are allowed to continue on the fair, but they must be in a lane designated for cars, not people.
At Woodlands the lane has been narrowed to three feet in width.
At most other courses, drivers have to keep to the left of the lane to play the fair on a straight.
At a golf club in suburban Virginia, where drivers are allowed in the right-hand lane, some drivers who were waiting for the turn had to go up to the second-floor bar and wait for people to leave.
In other cases, they had to wait for others to exit their cars.
The cars were moving at a pace that could take drivers to the hospital.
At this golf course, drivers are not allowed to drive to the right of the turn, but at Forest River drivers are required to wait until people exit their vehicles before they can go in.
The accident at Glenwoods, where a driver lost control of his truck, ended when the driver collided with a tree.
In Forest River it’s the other way around.
At Lakewood, the parking area has been reduced to a parking lot.
In the past, drivers could park in the open areas of the golf course but now they must park on a paved parking lot on the right side