Located in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Merion Golf Club is a private club that consistently rates among the best golf courses in the United States. It will host the 2009 Walker Cup on September 12 and 13 and the 2013 US Open. It has two courses: the West course, and the more highly regarded 18-hole East Course.
The East golf course highlights 6,482 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. It has a 72.9 course rating and 144 slope rating on Bent grass. The East course, designed by Hugh Wilson, opened in 1911. Merion’s East Course has hosted more USGA Championships than any course in the US and houses some of its greatest moments.
From Robert Tyre Jones, Jr.’s Grand Slam victory at the 1930 US Amateur to Ben Hogan’s amazing performance on the 72nd hole at the 1950 US Open, as well as the fairways, treacherous bunkers, and sculpted greens of the course have shaped the game. The East Course continues to challenge the best of the best.
Every square inch of Merrion’s East Course has a championship caliber condition. The teeing areas are lush green and the fairways give the golf ball a little extra roll. The rough is 4 to 5 inches high and the undulating greens are cut tight. The golf ball nestles down deep in the dense rough. So if you do not watch where the ball goes, you will never find it.
Check out some world-class practice facilities, such as driving range, pro shop, and putting and chipping greens. If you have time, have a satisfying meal on the outdoor patio overlooking the gorgeous course. Do not miss an opportunity to play st Merrion’s East Course.