Merion Golf Club
Par 4, 358 yards
Architect: Hugh Wilson
At a glance: The hole has a generous landing
area with the outskirts heavily bunkered. Any
miss is catastrophic.
PGA TOUR star Justin Rose won the 2013
U.S. Open at Merion. He became a club
member soon thereafter. The 2016 Olympic
gold medalist has 24 career professional wins.
“The great thing about the first hole at Merion
is its location is literally right off the patio
and veranda. Part of the intimidation factor of
the hole is everyone is clinking away having
their lunch and when someone gets up on the
tee to hit their shot the clanking stops. It goes
deadly silent. It puts a bit of pressure on all
golfers teeing off on that hole,” Rose, 39, of
London, England, said. “Architecturally, it’s a
great hole. It’s fairly short [and] offers a birdie
opportunity. Anybody who hits driver or hits
a lot of club off the tee can gain a big advantage by getting a long way down the fairway.
It opens up the second shot. The angle of the
green, if you don’t hit the ball far enough
off the tee will be across you, from right to
left, meaning you have to have a longer carry
over a bunker into the middle of the green.
Anything overshot with no spin will run off
the back left of the green. A positive tee shot
a long way down the left side of the fairway
really opens up the wedge shot into the green
and gives you a birdie opportunity.”
Rose won the
2013 U.S. Open
at Merion GC.