Attention, players and fans at this week's U.S. Senior Open.
You are being watched.
Little has escaped the attention of the neighbors who live just across the street from the main entrance to Omaha Country Club. They are enjoying the show from afar, and keeping their distance from such a commotion is just fine with them.
“We like to come out here on the front porch and watch,'' Barbara Anderson said. “It's fun to be part of all this, though we're happy to just stay over here.''
Four live in Anderson's house at 70th and Country Club Road, and she is at the center of it all. There is also her husband of 41 years, Gary, her brother Terry Rusnak and her longtime friend Emily Wineinger.
Anderson said the quartet often can be found on the front porch “with a few brewskis'' while enjoying the view, but that view has changed dramatically this week.
“We love it here,'' Anderson said. “And it's been interesting to watch how things have been shaping up getting ready for this tournament.''
Anderson said neighbors have been talking about the Senior Open the past four years. While some worried about the inconvenience the tourney might present, Anderson said that was never the attitude at her house.
“We like to look at things as half full,'' she said. “There's been a lot of commotion, but nothing we can't live with.''
Anderson said the neighborhood association sent out fliers before the tournament, asking people to make sure their houses and lawns were in good shape. That's certainly the case at Anderson's house and all up and down Country Club Road.
“We got our road paved from 72nd to 60th because of this tournament,'' Anderson said. “So having our houses look nice is the least we can do.''
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On a recent afternoon, Anderson and Wineinger — both are retired from Union Pacific — were intently watching as the parade of shuttle buses dropped off fans. If Anderson needed to look closer at anything going on at the golf course, she had her binoculars nearby.
“We even turned our couch around by our picture window so we could sit and watch,'' she said. “That's for when the temperature is too hot outside.''
The women said they were enjoying the simple pleasures, such as watching motorists try to bluff their way past a nearby traffic policeman.
“He's not buying it,'' Wineinger said. “A lot of people are having to get turned around right there.''
Although residents along Country Club Road are allowed to use the road to leave and return home, it's closed to other drivers.
“It would be a zoo without this kind of control,'' Anderson said. “Everyone associated with the tournament seems to be doing a great job.''
Anderson said the hustle and bustle began last week when several semi-trailer trucks loaded with equipment began rolling in.
“It seemed like there was a truck coming every 15 minutes,'' she said. “We were thinking, 'Where are they going to put everything?' ''
The residents of Anderson's house have been approached by some fans mainly asking for directions, and they're happy to oblige.
“We're friendly folks,'' Anderson said. “Like them, we're just out to have a good time this week.''
Anderson actually sounded a little melancholy when she pondered the end of the tournament on Sunday.
“I'm going to miss it,'' she said. “But they said it would take about a month to take everything down, so I guess we'll still have that.''