Above are photos of Baltusrol Golf Club’s Lower Course, host of the 2016 PGA Championship. Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship the last time it was at Baltusrol in 2005. I played there for the first time last week and it is a beautiful and fun golf course.
The two toughest elements of the course are the greens and the bunkers. The greens are very large and quick so a miss on the wrong side of the green leaves a very challenging two putt. The fairway and green side bunkers are very deep. In the fairway hitting out with a higher lofted club is usually necessary. Some of the green side bunkers are so far below the green that the green isn’t visible from the bottom.
Reminiscent of the Ben Hogan plaque at Merion, there are two Jack Nicklaus plaques on the 18th hole of the Lower Course at Baltusrol. One is at the tee in recognition of his U.S. Open victories. The other is in the fairway at the spot he used an 1 iron to reach the green in the 1967 U.S. Open.