Historic Merion Will Certainly Be This Week's US Open Golf Star

Merion's Iconic Red Wicker Baskets               photo credit: Penn State Turfgrass via photopin cc
While the weather in Haverford, PA looks a bit questionable, there can be no doubt at all that Merion East... with her "white face" bunkers and red wicker baskets... will be much discussed as US Open week gets underway.   

Fans, players and media will surely be awed by the course's history, but will also be weighing in on the venue's ability to accommodate a 21st century major.  We can also be assured of a copious dose of opinionating on the changes that have been made to the venerable course to ensure that the "grand old lady" can stand up to the way modern technology has affected the game. 

Bill Pennington's New York Times article on the "US Open's Audacious Experiment" presents an overview of what's at stake this week on the fairways and greens of Merion East, and how it may affect future debate on the future evolution of golf.

I won't be in Haverford this week... much to my chagrin... but I'll certainly be soaking up the golf history vicariously through those who are, and closely following their conversations on Merion's 21st century challenge.  In the meantime I'll be reposting some of the many bits I've written on Merion over the years.  


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    if it weren't for the 25 acres HAVERFORD college is providing for those CORPORATE TENTs which comprise a significant amount of funding towards this tournament, this venue would NOT have been selelcted, despite all the puffery of history and such

    the USGA isn't about history, it's about M O N E Y - that's the whole story - period

    and since the club manufacturers can sell $1,200 drivers forget about rolling back anything which is why DAVIS is up to his olde tricks of tampering with the stipmeter and making the greens as close to linoleum as nature allows

    WESTCHESTER and SIWANOY are two courses with plenty of "history" and soon enough even including WINGED FOOT, will ALL find themselves out of the loop and off the circuit (more correctly circus) because they will reject being shills for profit



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