By Torleif Sorenson on 7/3/12
After hosting the Irish Open last month, Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim, Ireland has been receiving very favorable opinions from players and writer alike as a possible venue for hosting the Open Championship.
In his book Open, author John Feinstein told the story of USGA Executive Director David Fay, whose dream of holding the U.S. Open Championship at a restored Bethpage Black course in Farmingdale, Long Island, came to fruition in 2002. This led to the very memorable 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego.
This writer would not mind seeing â€” just once â€” a U.S. Open or PGA contested at Purgatory Golf Club just outside Indianapolis. This course was designed by architect Ron Kern to play to as much as 7,754 yards and contains a gargantuan amount of sand. At 218 acres, the course also seems large enough to handle the hundreds of temporary bleachers, corporate tents, and other temporary buildings the USGA or PGA would need to have on-site. The Indianapolis metropolitan area certainly has enough hotel rooms to have hosted a Super Bowl, as well as the 1991 PGA.
Which other public-access courses in the United States that have not yet hosted a U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, or a PGA Championship, would YOU like to see host a major?
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Matt McGee says:
Palouse Ridge, in Pullman, Washington is about the only course I've played that could entertain the idea of hosting a PGA event. It's a fantastic course, and it's hosting some NCAA events in the next few years. The city of Pullman isn't large, though. Accomodations for the number of people involved might be an issue.
joe jones says:
Cog Hill # 4 Dubsdread. Longtime site of the Western Open and present day site for Fed X cup. Tight traditional parkland course similar to Medinah # 3 and Olympia Fields north course. Can be prepared with deep rough, narrow fairways and lightning fast greens. Chicago always supports big events with great attendance. Close to freeways from all directions and local hotels, motels and food availability is excellent. Parking is available on 3 other courses. Cog has a number of holes that have TPC type viewing areas and course is layed out so patrons can walk the whole course. This would be a wonderful tribute to the Jemsek family and Father Joe who was the longtime President of Chicago District Golf Association.
joe jones says:
The weather in June also has to be taken into account tho this June has been unbearable in the Chicago area.
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