“It’s probably the best course in the world . . . This is the greatest course I’ve ever played.”
– Johnny Miller
Most golf seasons are winding down after our unusual Indian Summer, but I’ve been looking forward to one last taste of greatness before the clubs get plunked in the basement to begin their seasonal hybernation.
I’m going to Oakmont. It’ll be the last of the Top 10 courses in the world I had yet to see, and the place where Ben Hogan won a third of his 1953 Triple Crown of majors. Sure I’m bragging — but hell, it is Oakmont and you’d brag too.
Yep, ththis is the course with greens that stimp at 14, one some regard as one of the hardest in the world. This is a course with greens so difficult that Sam Snead once said he tried to mark a ball and the coin slid off the green.
I’ve been invited for a couple of seasons by a member who read one of my articles from a few years back in the now defunct T&L Golf. We tried to get a game last year, but difficulties with Oakmont’s greens following the women’s US Open kept me away.
I’m going to make that right this week with a fall golf road trip, driving through Erie, playing the Donald Ross designed Kahkwa before heading to Oakmont for dinner followed by an early morning game the next day and a drive home from Pittsburgh.
I’ll report back when I’ve returned.