Frequently Asked Questions
What is the charge for children in the hotel room?
The Town and Country Hotel charges the same price for one or two people in a room. Children under 18-years-old, staying with their guardians stay for free unless a cot ($35) is placed in the room.
What are the cutoff dates for early-bird rates?
The cutoff day of the last day in May is fast approaching for the end of early-bird registration for the 2017 US Go Congress in San Diego. As of June 1, Congress registration fees will be increased by $50. And as of July 1, Congress registration will go up another $50.
In addition, the subsidies for the meal plans at the Town and Country Resort will be terminated as of June 1. This will mean an increase in price of about $29 for the breakfast plan, $67 for the breakfast and lunch plan, and $111 for the breakfast, lunch and dinner plans.
Also, as of June 1, the hotel will no longer be guaranteeing rooms and rates for Congress attendees for the period of the Congress (August 5-12). Currently, rooms booked through the Congress web site are less expensive than those offered to the public. Rooms are also offered at the Congress rate until June 1 for three days before and after the Congress, as long as they are available. Wednesday, August 2 is already totally booked at the Town and Country.
What if I know I am going to be late for check-in for the US Open on Saturday, August 5? What if I need to withdraw from a round?
The policy last year was that any changes need to be sent before 10 PM.
Late arrivals should simply send the US Open tournament director an email to confirm that they will be on time for the next round before 10PM the previous night.
Anyone checking-in in the morning, after notifying the TD the previous evening before 10 p.m., should allot extra time before the round starts. Note: morning rounds start at 9 a.m.
Ditto with withdrawals.
Can I extend my stay at the Town and Country hotel before and/or after the Congress at the same rate?
Yes. Registrants at the hotel can extend their stay at the hotel 3 days before and after at the same rate.
Note: Wednesday, August 2, is already sold out.
What is the difference between the Royal Palm Tower ($170+ tax for 1 or 2 people) and the Regency Tower ($135 + tax for 1 or 2 people) and the Garden Apartments ($135 + tax for 1 or two people)?
So if 2 people share a room, the room rate/night/person is $85 and $67.50 + taxes). In the larger rooms, it is possible to add a 3rd and 4th person for $20/night/person. Cots are availavble for $35/night.
The Royal Palm Tower (ten floors) rooms were all refurbished in fall of 2016. It is a 1-minute walk from the convention center where all the go activities occur and meals are served. It has an adjoining pool and separate whirlpool.
The Regency Tower (8 floors) rooms are not refurbished and are a bit smaller. It is a three-minute walk from the convention center and courtyard where the meals are served. It has an adjoining swimming pool.
The Garden rooms are contained in one or two-story buildings and are smaller than the Regency Towers. Some of the rooms adjoin a swimming pool and others are a three-minute walk to the pool. The furthest Garden Rooms are a five-minute walk to the convention center. Many are a 2-3 minute walk.
What is the difference between the US Open tournament and the US Masters tournament?
The US Open go tournament is a 6-round competition open to all registrants. Players are grouped by strength. It is played Sunday through Saturday (except Wednesday which is a rest or tour day) from 9 a.m. to noon.
The US Masters go tournament is a 9-round competition for the very strong players (usually 7-dan amateurs and stronger). It is played Sunday through Saturday (except Wednesday) from 9 a.m. to noon. And three evenings from 7-10 p.m. (Sunday, Tuesday, Friday). Players interested in being considered for the Masters should contact the US Open tournament director, Matthew Hershberger, at 'email@example.com'.
What is the weather like in San Diego in early August?
There is the almost perfect San Diego weather in August: San Diego averages a maximum temperature of 76 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius). The average minimum temperature is 67 °F (19 °C). And with an average rainfall in August of .04 inch (.1 cm), one can sing the old song "It Never Rains in Southern California" [in the summertime].
I think that I am a much better player than my AGA rating. Can I play "up" in the US Open?
Self-promotion is discouraged in the US Open. One is expected to play at his/her AGA rating. If a player has documented evidence of being a stronger player than his/her AGA rating, he/she can use the "estimate rating" on the registration page to appeal to the US Open Tournament Director.
If I am a 5-dan Chinese player, how am I ranked for the US Go Congress?
Players with Chinese ratings will be given the same AGA rating for the US Open unless they ask for an upgrade in the "estimate rating" field on the registration page.
What does someone get for the $75 non-player registration?
The US Go Congress has traditionally had a fee for the non-playing attendees.
This year benefits would include
* The Welcome tote bag with coffee mug, T-shirt, enamel label pin and other items.
* Access to game rooms to watch games.
* Access to a.m. refreshment table.
* Reduced hotel rate.
* Subsidized meal package.
* Access to the Congress organized non-player group excursions in San Diego, e.g. zoo, downtown shopping, Balboa Park, Old Town, beaches, SeaWorld, La Jolla...
Organized at 9 a.m. on US Open mornings except Saturday.
What are the cancellation fees for Congress registration?
There is a $25 cancellation fee to cover the cost of credit card charges and administration.
One can switch Congress registration credits to another person for a $5 administrative fee.
There is a $50 late fee if Congress registration is done after May 31, 2017.
There is another $50 late fee if Congress registration is done after June 30, 2017.
How close is San Diego Airport from the Town and Country Resort?
It is 6 miles from the airport to the resort. There are many options for getting to the resort from the airport.
What extra costs are involved in hotel room rentals?
Hotel room rate does not include:
- 10.5% Occupancy Tax
- .60% California Tourism Assessment Fee
- 2% San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment
Hotel room rate does not include the Hotel Resort Fee of $10 per night per room. The $10 resort fee pays for the following services:
- Complimentary guest room WI-FI
- Unlimited access to the Fitness Center
- 10% off spa services
- Complimentary hotel shuttle service, daily 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. to points within a three-mile radius, which includes Fashion Valley Mall and Old Town State Park
- Complimentary guest room local calls and 1-800 calls
- Complimentary coffee in the guest room and in the hotel lobby 5 a.m. - 9 a.m.
- Complimentary USA Today newspaper in the Hotel lobby
- Complimentary computer access in the Hotel Lobby for printing airline ticket passes