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.
Spring is in full bloom at the Stanwich Club. Dogwoods are flowering behind the 1st, 13th, and 17th greens adding a bit of much needed color to the golf course. The greens are firm since there hasn’t been much rain and are already rolling at 12 on the Stimpmeter.
Now & then: Masters honorary starters Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus kicked off the year’s first major this morning with ceremonial tee shots. Top: The Big Three in a photo from the early 1960s.
Credits: Golf Digest Resource Center; Donald Miralle for Golf Digest