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U.S. Open

No Chance For An Average Player

Posted by Mitch Juricich

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Rightfully so, there have been a ton of thoughts on the Olympic Club, the site of this year’s US Open. This marvelous course has been dissected, rated and analyzed by many in the hopes of trying to ascertain how the best players in the world will fair during US Open week. Allow me to give you the slightest peek at how you might do, based on my experience during Media Day For proper identification, your humble scribe is an average golfer who once had an index that dipped as low as 5.2, but has mostly hovered around the 8 to 12 area. In short, my game is maybe ever so slightly above average. At my best, a good drive for me is in the 240-250 range. If I really caught one, 260 would be the max. The only way I could ever hit a 300 yard drive would be if three factors were involved: 1-downhill, 2-down wind, 3-cart path. I will state that I’m and “ok” putter.

Putting my game to the test at Olympic for The US Open would lead to these givens:

1-There are four par 4’s on the course that I could absolutely not reach in two shots; #1-#5-#6 and #12. There are three other par 4’s that would take two perfect shots to reach in regulation; #2-#9 and #11.

2-There is one par 3, #3, on which I would have to hit a driver to reach the green from the back tee and I better get all of it. Another par three, #8, might also be a driver, if not the 3 metal of my life.

3-The two par fives during the Open week (#1 is played as a five par by the members), #16 and #17 would tear up the average schmoe for different reasons. 

The 16th is unreachable in 3 shots for most of us. At 670 yards it is the longest hole in Open history, and from the back most tees, it basically requires somewhat of a duck hook tee shot through a very, very narrow opening. I haven’t hooked a ball since the Johnson administration. Serious business, if I was offered a seven on the tee, I would take it and forego the torture, which I get enough of watching Giant’s baseball.

The 17th, which cants severely from left to right, is reachable in three shots. The problem here starts when you get on the green. An already difficult green to putt has been made even more difficult by the shaving of the fringe on the right side of the green. I predict we could see a scenario where a player hits the green in two, knocks his eagle putt off the green in three and has to take an unplayable lie because his ball is up against a tree to the right of the green. Now lying four with a severe uphill pitch shot to, perhaps, a short sided pin, and said player might be looking at a seven when he had thought of a three.

As for putting, I had 9 three-putts and 9 two-putts. And I had to make some 5-8 footers just to do that well.

In short, I came away thinking there is no way anyone breaks par for the Open. But, then again, these are the greatest players in the world, so who knows? One thing I do know, I’d be happy to break 90, but I ‘d have to be at my level best!


US Open Preview from a member's view

Posted by Jack Persons

Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 7:29 AM

U S Open Preview


One last trip around The Olympic Club before US Open

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 7:42 PM

It's 5:30 am, June 3rd, site is the Olympic Club, 10-days before the start of the 112th U.S Open Championship and my son Michael and I show up to play our last round of golf before the championship We are 8th in line to tee off...

Where to spectate the US Open

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 5:17 PM

The 2012 U.S Open is less than 30 days away and as a Vice Chair of the event I have been out and around the course and have a few ideas on how to spectate and see the most golf.

I enjoy watching on the driving range, maybe do that on the practice round days, there will be bleachers fairly close to the players and that is a good chance to watch them get ready for battle.

If you have not been to the Olympic Club before, you may consider walking the entire course and see who you can around the course Wear layers as it can be foggy in the morning, but warm up especially as you drop down from the 3rd fairway to the lower portion of the property...

The term Open fits perfect for The U.S. Open Golf Championship

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 6:57 PM

The U.S Open is truely Open.

By John K...

My vote for Bubba Watson for leg two of The Grand Slam

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Bubba Watson could be a favorite to win at Olympic Club.

When I first thought about possible winners at The Olympic Club for the U S Open, I felt Bubba Watson would be in the list of no-chance players instead of the plodders who would have a chance...but I have changed my mind.

After seeing the golf course where I have played for 45-years get into U.S...

New bunker was caused to be dug on 17 for U.S. Open at Olympic Club

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 8:40 PM

New bunker on 17 to create a challenge for some at U S Open at Olympic Club


The U. S. Open Championship finds a great home in San Francisco just like former champions, Ken Venturi and Johnny Miller.

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM

The U.S Open Championship being played at the Olympic Club in June of 2012 is steeped in history, but there is a micro-climate of history when you think about former champions and  Olympic Club members Johnny Miller and Ken Venturi and their rare claim to fame.

Johnny Miller and Ken Venturi are each a U.S Open Champions, and  members of the Olympic Club where Venturi was a member and won the club championship, but most amazing is the fact they both attended the same High School about 15 years apart...

The Olympic Club, Hole-by-hole

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM

The 2012 U.S Open is sure to be an exciting championship and if history is any example of what we will see this 5th U.S Open at The Olympic Club should be amazing.

#1 Par-4, 515 yards: This opening hole will be played as a par-4 for the first time in championship history at The Olympic Club...

Jack Fleck and Billy Casper, two great icons of golf

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Jack Fleck and Billy Casper are true icons of golf and in November of 2011 they celebrated their great U.S Open victories with the members of the Olympic Club in a historic night of memories and storytelling.

At 90 years old, Jack Fleck has a wonderful spirit for life and golf and he can recall much about his great victory at The Olympic Club over Ben Hogan in 1955 The two were friends and in-fact, Fleck used clubs from the new Ben Hogan Golf Company the only other player in the field besides Ben Hogan to use those clubs...

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