BROOKLINE, Mass. – This year’s US Open setup, The Country Club, will host its 15th USGA Championship – and third US Open – this week just west of downtown Boston. It is arguably one of the most unique places in that its layout has changed considerably over the years.
Here’s everything you need to know about the venue:
The Country Club did not go beyond 18 holes until the addition of the nine-hole Primrose Course, which officially opened in 1929. Yet the Country Club would not introduce routing involving a composite the main 18-hole course and the nine-hole course. Primrose course for major tournaments held at the club until 1957.
The Composite Championship routing debuted at the 1957 US Amateur. This routing was, for the first nine holes in order: Main Course Nos. 10, 9, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12. The back nine holes in order: the main course no 13, Primrose Nos Combo 1 and 2, Primrose no 8, Primrose no 9, then main course no 14-18. The composite routing would change significantly after this event.
A new composite routing emerged for the 1963 US Open and would also be used for the 1968 US Junior Amateur, 1973 Walker Cup, 1982 US Amateur, 1988 US Open, Ryder Cup 1999 and the 2013 US Amateur. This one would be for the first nine holes in order: main course #18 then main course #11. The back nine was the same as the back nine for the 1957 American amateur routing.
The US Open 2022 will feature another modified version of composite routing:
US Open 2022 course routing | Where Hole played in 1913
- Hole 1: Main Course 1 | Played as hole 1
- Hole 2: Main Course 2 | Played as hole 2
- Hole 3: Main course 3 | Played as hole 3
- Hole 4: Main course 5 | Played as hole 5
- Hole 5: Main course 6 | Played as hole 6
- Hole 6: Main course 7 | Played as hole 7
- Hole 7: Main course 8 | Played as hole 8
- Hole 8: Main course 14 | Played as hole 14
- Hole n° 9: Primrose 9 course | N / A
- Hole 10: Main course 11 | Played as hole 9
- Hole 11: Main Course 12 | Played as hole 10
- Hole 12: Main course 13 | Played hole 11
- Hole n° 13: Primrose 1 and 2 courses (combined) | N / A
- Hole n° 14: Primrose 8 course | N / A
- Hole 15: Main course 15 | Played hole 15
- Hole 16: Main Course 16 | Played hole 16
- Hole 17: Main course 17 | Played hole 17
- Hole 18: Main course 18 | Played hole 18
hole by hole
A hole-by-hole description of the Country Club, site of the 122nd US Open to be played June 16-19:
NOPE. 1,488 yards, PAR 4: A not-so-sweet start to the US Open, with two bunkers on the left side of the landing zone from around 285 yards to around 320 yards. Two bunkers on the left and one on the right guard the green, which slopes back and forth.
NOPE. 2, 215 yards, PAR 3: The hole plays longer than its distance because it is 15 feet higher than the teeing area. The bunker complexes are in front, two more to the left and behind. The green slopes forward and has a runoff area.
NOPE. 3,499 yards, PAR 4: This downhill hole has a semi-blind tee shot with bunkers protecting the fairway and a narrow gap for those trying to make the most of the tee. Narrow bunkers protect both sides of the green. A pond about 10 meters behind the green was built in 1898 for winter skating and curling.
NOPE. 4, 493 yards, PAR 4: The raised tee will prevent players from seeing the fairway, and an 80-foot tree to the right blocks the view. The landing area is among the widest on the course. A bunker is to the left of the green which has a steep slope from back right to front left.
NOPE. 5, 310 yards, PAR 4: This accessible par 4 allows for options, although most players will probably hit the driver. A row of bunkers are on the right, with a pair protecting the front about 280 yards away. The false front will repel shots that don’t carry enough.
NOPE. 6, 192 yards, PAR 3: This is the oldest hole on the course, dating back to 1894. It also has the largest green on the course, which slopes forward and then has a false front. The bunkers are on both sides of the green.
NOPE. 7, 375 yards, PAR 4: Players can opt for an iron off the tee or take more club to set up a wedge in the green. The fairway slopes to the left and could involve a stand of trees. The four bunkers to the right and left of the green are among the deepest on the course.
NOPE. 8,557 yards, PAR 5: The first par 5 has been designed as a three shot hole and will be accessible to almost anyone on the course. The second shot plays longer due to a 30 foot rise. The false front is the steepest on the course and the green is the smallest. It will be difficult to hold with fairway metal.
NOPE. 9, 427 yards, PAR 4: Expect to see caution on this tee, with an iron on top of the hill. Nothing more, and the fairway slopes down to a very narrow landing area and a pond to the right of the fairway. The green has a bunker on each side.
NOPE. 10,499 yards, PAR 4: For those who start the runs on the backstroke during the week, the start is not easier. Heavy hitters should be aware of a stream crossing at just over 340 yards. The green is surrounded by thick grass and two bunkers, with a slope from back left to front right.
NOPE. 11, 131 yards, PAR 3: This hole adds to the belief that no par 3 is better than a short par 3. With a corner in hand, players will need to ensure they avoid danger on three sides of the green. Three bunkers are on the left and a long bunker guards the front.
NOPE. 12, 473 yards, PAR 4: The fairway narrows, but playing too close to the bunker leaves a blind second shot. The green is only 22 yards deep, had the second smallest putting area and slopes back to front.
NOPE. 13, 450 yards, PAR 4: With trees on both sides, the hole is a slight dogleg to the left and the fairway slopes to the right. There are no fairway bunkers. A 75 foot tree to the left of the green makes the putting area look smaller than it actually is.
NOPE. 14, 619 yards, PAR 5: The hole is usually upwind, and missing the fairway can make it difficult to get to the top of the hill and avoid a blind shot. The green is elevated approximately 30 feet and sits 150 yards from the foot of the rise to a two-tier putting surface.
NOPE. 15, 510 yards, PAR 4: The terrain of this hole was used for steeplechase at the end of the 19th century. It is the longest par 4 with a blind tee shot. The green is the deepest at 40 yards and one of the largest.
NOPE. 16, 202 yards, PAR 3: Multiple tees could make a difference of about 30 yards in the length of this hole. The green looks like an island with only thick rough and four bunkers surrounding it, the largest in front and to the right.
NOPE. 17, 373 yards, PAR 4: The hole leans to the right. Fame is on the green. Francis Ouimet birdied the final round that tied for the lead at the 1913 US Open, and Justin Leonard made the putt heard around the world in the 1999 Ryder Cup. The green is narrow, has two levels and a 70 foot tree to its right.
NOPE. 18, 451 yards, PAR 4: The bunker at the corner of this slight left dogleg was enlarged during the restoration. The green is guarded by deep bunkers and thick rough, the imposing bunker very wide and in front of the green. Curtis Strange saved par from the bunker to force a playoff he won against Nick Faldo at the 1988 US Open.
– The Associated Press
USGA at TCC
- 1902 American female amateur: Geneviève Hecker defeated. Louisa A. Wells, 4 and 3
- 1910 American amateur: William C. Fownes Jr. defeated. Warren K. Wood, 4 and 3
- 1913 US Open: Francis Ouimet defeated. Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, 304 (72) – 304 (77) – 304 (78)
- 1922 American amateur: Jess Sweetser defeated. Charles “Chick” Evans Jr., 3 and 2
- 1934 American amateur: W. Lawson Little Jr. defeated. David Goldman, 8 and 7 years old
- 1941 American female amateur: Elizabeth Hicks defeated. Helene Sigel, 5 and 3
- 1953 US Girls’ Junior: Mildred Meyerson defeated. Holly Jean Roth, 4 and 2
- 1957 American amateur: Hillman Robbins Jr. defeated. Dr. Frank M. Taylor, 5 and 4
- 1963 US Open: Julius Boros defeated. Jacky Cupit and Arnold Palmer, 293 (70) – 293 (73) – 293 (76)
- 1968 American Junior Amateur: Eddie Pearce defeated. WB Harman Jr., 6 and 5
- 1982 American Amateur: Jay Sigel defeated. David Tolley, 8 and 7 years old
- 1988 US Open: Curtis Strange defeated. Nick Faldo, 278 (71) – 278 (75)
- 1995 USA Female Amateur: Kelli Kuehne defeated. Anne-Marie Chevalier, 4 and 3
- 2013 US Amateur: Matthew Fitzpatrick defeated. Olivier Goss, 4 and 3