The 2016 U.S. Open returns to historic Oakmont Country Club in western Pennsylvania for the ninth time, the most of any venue. A course that has seen champions such as Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, and Ernie Els will test the players with its “church pew” bunkers and difficult greens once again. Here’s everything you need to know:
DATE: Jun 16 – Jun 19
TOURNAMENT: U.S. Open Golf Live
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, PA
DEFENDING CHAMP: Jordan Spieth
477yds, Par 4:
Usually played as a par five for club members, a blind uphill drive off the tee must avoid a ditch left and pot bunkers right. The green provides another demanding test to finish the front nine.
462yds, Par 4:
The first hole on the back nine plays downhill, but players must find a narrow fairway and make sure to avoid the bunkers down the right.
379yds, Par 4:
Usual approach involves an iron or three-wood to reach a plateau on the fairway, leaving an approach to a green which slopes from back to front.
Strategy will play a big part when tackling the longest par-five ever in majors. Some may keep driver in the bag just like at the fourth, even though it will mean a far longer third shot.
183yds, Par 3:
The Hour-glass green is very narrow, with the crucial thing being to leave an uphill putt.
358yds, Par 4:
A potentially drivable hole for the longer hitters in favourable conditions, although making birdie or even eagle will depend on coping with a large green that has a lot of subtlety to it.
500yds, Par 4:
A blind tee shot will be heading towards a fairway that slopes left to right. There’s more Church Pew bunkers down the left, with ditches and further obstacles on the opposite side.
313yds, Par 4:
A possible opportunity for players to make up lost ground, but there are risks attached for an aggressive tee shot. Bunkers lie in wait 50 yards short of the green on the left-hand side.
484yds, Par 4:
This is one of the toughest closing par fours in golf, with long and straight shots needed for both the drive and the approach to reach an undulating green.