Tee To Green

Thoughts and photographs as I play and watch golf.

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"To get a perfect read on one of Phil’s putts, I stand over the ball as though I’m going to hit it. I get a great sense of the break not only with my eyes, but with my feet. When I look down at the ball, I can tell immediately whether it’s a fraction of an inch higher or lower than my feet."

- Jim “Bones” Mackay (Phil Mickelson’s caddie)

Photographs by Nathaniel Welch for Golf Digest

Phil the Thrill’s main man

When I think of fescue it conjures up images of classic links golf. I was pleasantly surprised to see the abundance of fescue at Oakmont Country Club… that is until I hit into it a few times. It is a great addition to the course’s rolling fairways and adds a lot of dimension when looking at a hole’s layout from the tee box.

What a way to enjoy Independence Day! Oakmont Country Club’s toughness was evident from the get go. With wide open views across the course you can see exactly where all the trouble lies.

What a way to enjoy Independence Day! Oakmont Country Club’s toughness was evident from the get go. With wide open views across the course you can see exactly where all the trouble lies.

Scenes from Laurel Valley

TGIF! I’m ready for a weekend playing golf at the Stanwich Club.

My two favorite holes at Merion are tough par 3’s. The biggest difference between them is length. The 13th is a short hole that U.S. Open competitors can attack with a sand wedge. The 17th is a long hole with severe slope in the front of the green. It will be interesting to see how the field fares against them both.

Scenes from the U.S. Open at Merion during today’s practice round.

Scenes from the Pete Dye designed Pound Ridge Golf Club, a quirky layout with natural elevation changes and tight fairways.

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In less than a month the U.S. Open returns to the East Course at Merion Golf Club, No. 7 on our ranking of American’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.  Check out these images taken by Stephen Szurlej.

For the full listing of our 100 Greatest Courses: http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-courses/2013-02/americas-100-greatest-golf-courses-ranking

Merion is beautiful and tough. I can’t wait to see how the pros attack it during the U.S. Open.