I had the opportunity to play this course right at the end of the season in 2008. Despite horizontal torrential rain, this was a magnificent golfing experience. From the moment you walk into the club everything oozes class and privilege, but despite the slightly awkward moral questions posed by being forced to take caddies who carried two bags each everything felt right about this place and it is clearly the course that is the master and the members are merely custodians. Walking through the clubhouse has a similar feel to taking a tour of Fenway Park or Lords. You are on hallowed ground and at every corner is a reminder of great players and their deeds. Playing the course (particularly in the conditions we had) is a humbling experience. Even soaking wet the greens were very fast and the mind boggles at how hard this course must be when it is set up for US Open conditions. The undulations and changes in elevation around the course are huge and the risk-reward options on nearly every shot make the mental challenge a key part as well. Some of the bunkering is knee trembling stuff as you try to work out a safe way to negotiate the hole! I have never been so wet in my life, and yet I enjoyed every minute - a lifelong memory and an ambition fulfilled!
Date: March 13, 2013