OAKMONT COUNTRY CLUB
GOLF COURSES --
OAKMONT COUNTRY CLUB
By Ken Liebeskind
The Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, PA prides itself on being one of the most difficult courses in North America, with 210 deep bunkers, hard, slick greens that slope away from players and tight fairways that demand the utmost precision.
The Oakmont Country Club has hosted more major championships than any other course in the U.S., including eight U.S. Opens, three PGA championships and two U.S. Women's Opens. Johnny Miller's 63 in the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open has been called the â€œgreatest round of the 20th century."
The Oakmont Country Club was designed by Henry C. Fownes and opened in 1903. It's been consistently rated in the top 10 of American courses and retains a turn of the century charm - until you actually play it!
The challenge of the Oakmont Country Club begins on the first hole, a 482 yard par 4 that's been called one of the hardest holes in golf, because of the blind mid iron to a green that slopes away from you.
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The Oakmont Country Club has hosted more major championships than
any other course in the U.S.
The third hole is a 428 yard par 4 with the famous Church Pews bunker on the left and a series of fairway bunkers on the right that demand accuracy off the tee to avoid the sand. The eighth hole is a 288 yard par 3 with the 100 yard Sahara bunker on the left side of the green. The 12th hole is a 667 yard par 5 with another severe sloping green. The 18th is a picturesque par 4 that is considered one of the greatest finishing holes in golf with a series of chip out bunkers on the left of the fairway with an undulating green that makes for a great finish.
The Oakmont Country Club plays 7255 yards from the green tees, which demands great length from the tees. A driver that gets the distance you need to play a long course like the Oakmont Country Club is the Controller 460cc driver from www.Ngcsports.com. This is the driver with the max size clubhead that's coated with a M70 metal once used on military missiles that makes this long distance driver even longer. Golfers consistently hit their drives 20 to 40 yards farther with the Controller 460cc driver than they do with their current drivers and a long distance pro says the Controller 460cc is best driver he's used in over 20 years of whacking long distance drives.
The coating on the Controller 460cc driver is twice as hard as steel and 70 percent harder than titanium, so it's the ideal club to use on the long holes at the Oakmont Country Club, including the 667 yard par 5 12th.