As the years majors have come to an end, I take a look at some of the best venues that have held major championships. However before we get down to business....
I am not going to include Augusta among this list. It's just the best. It's iconic, its year on year perfection. It's drama on grass. Just simply, epic! Compared to most other top courses, it's Barclays Premier League v.s. Vanamara National League. Therefore, it's not fair to include it among the mortals that make up this top five.
The Old Course at St Andrews has to make my top five, for no other reason than it's history. It is renowned as the 'Home of Golf' but for me, it's the 'Home of Memories'. Seve Ballesteros punching the air as he won his Open Championship. Jack Nicklaus waving goodbye (which has been done by almost everyone who has bowed out now), Swilcan Bridge, the trick shots off of the wall, I could go on.
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Yes the course isn't really up to the demands of the modern game, it's not long enough for one. But you can just see the smiles on the faces of those who get to walk the fairways of the Old Course. It's a magical place.
Merion Golf Club, more specifically the East Course, is one of the most interesting major venues we have had the chance to experience. The wicker baskets, instead of flags, are still a mystery to this very day, but its part of their heritage.
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I remember players getting riled after they hit the basket and their ball ended up much further away, than it should have been. However it's what makes it a great spectators venue.
At 6846 yards, its not long by the modern standards. But it was a challenge for those who played in the 2013 US Open, where Justin Rose triumphed with a one over par tournament score. Don't judge the course by its distance!
Whistling Straits is home to this years PGA Championship and in its short 17 year history it has played host to three other major championships. A Pete and Alice Dye Design, built by the picturesque views of Lake Michigan, is (almost) 7800 yards long and boasts 1002 bunkers!
Yes it has had its share of controversy. In 2010 where Dustin Johnson, not realising he was in a bunker, grounded his club and received a penalty, which cost him the championship. However it will play host to the 2020 Ryder Cup which will be a real powerhouse of a match at this iconic venue.
Unlike the majority of the other venues that hold major championships, with a long history etc. Whistling Straits is a resort destination which meets the needs of the traveling golfer and their families. Well worth a visit if you are nearby!
Oakmont Country Club is arguably the only course that is US Open ready, all of the time. Home of the US Open a record nine times, Oakmont is the perfect blend of history, layout and difficulty. No wonder it has been chosen to host the 2016 US Open.
Padraig Harrington was quoted saying that Oakmont "makes 'Winged Foot' seem - pleasant" and Sergio Garcia joked, saying it was "pretty good for a par 78".
The famous "Church Pews" on the third hole make for a difficult approach, if you ball happens to find them. The lines of grassy banks and sand, like a zebra crossing, mean that only a bail out will suffice.
Pebble Beach Golf Links is by far the third most iconic golf facility on the planet, behind St Andrews and Augusta. Having held its first major in 1972, 53 years after it opened, it has gone on to play host to five US Opens and one PGA Championship.
The Pacific Ocean is the courses largest water hazard and comes into play on a variety of holes for those who have a wayward drive. Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson have all won US Opens at The Links, showing only the best prevail!
The iconic par three number seven, playing at a (not so) eye-watering distance of 106 yards, plays as one of the most difficult holes on the course throughout different PGA tournaments.
Whilst the breathtaking 18th which plays along the coast line, provides the optimum blend of picturesque views, golf strategy and drama for that all so special finale, we crave to see.
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