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Sunday
May262013

Video: The Mood For Merion, 5th Hole Flyover

I giggled watching this U.S. Open flyover as it does not do justice to one of the greatest greens in golf. But the ground before the putting surface is pretty sensational too, making this one of the very best par-4s on the planet and likely a spot I'll try to set up shop during U.S. Open week.

To try and describe the green would be unfair other than to say it's a masterpiece of lay-of-the-land architecture with numerous "pockets" for hole locations. Anywhere on this green in two means you've hit two outstanding shots and a par-4 will have come after two fine putts.

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Reader Comments (10)

Spot on Geoff. An incredible green complex, including the turf and slope that feeds into it. This was my favorite hole to watch in the 2009 Walker Cup.
05.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRM
I watched this hole in the Walker Cup as well and was impressed w/ how the players navigated.
Will green speed be so fast that water left is unfairly in play?
05.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Canyon
As the late, great Ken Venturi would put it if he were talking about yours truly: He will take his 9 on this hole and go quietly to the 6th tee.
05.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
No surprise at the comments. It is the #1 handicap hole on the East Course.

http://course.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/course/course/merione/detailedscorecard.htm
05.27.2013 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
I chipped in for 3 the one time I played here last August hence I have retired this hole and will only play 17 of them the next time I am invited back.
05.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMGM
This hole is friggin' hard. Nuff said.
05.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterShady golf
The back tee/us open tee lookes a little forced. I not a fan of weird walks to get a few more yards. Is the tee ever used for member play?
05.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark
When I played here a few years ago I was on the front right part of the green with the pin all the way on the left about 1/2 way back. I had to play 25 feet of break and only tried to hit the putt 1/3rd of the way there. I two putted, but there was a chip shot in between putts (after almost holing the first putt)! It should be interesting to see these guys play it.
05.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDanK
I believe the TOUR would call that a 3-putt -- once a stroke is made from the putting green, it and all subsequent strokes are counted as putts regardless of club used or part of the course from which they are played.
05.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Peterson
Wow, what a beautiful, beautiful piece of land this east course is. All these flyover vids are leaving me drooling onto my keyboard. I really can't see these guys going stupidly low on this course, there seems to be plenty of tough holes. I do hope it is playing nice and firm come US open week however.

I would just love to play a US open set up the week after the tournament so I can fully appreciate just how tough these courses are. That and the fact that they are stunning.

Keep the flyover vids coming please!
05.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRichD

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