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East at Merion Golf Club

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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Style Links
Par 70
Length 6590 yards
Slope 146
Rating 73.4
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Back 70 6590 yards 73.4 146
Middle 70 6126 yards 71.3 144
Middle (W) 74 6126 yards 77.4 151
Forward 70 5746 yards 69.5 136
Forward (W) 74 5746 yards 75.2 147
Scorecard for East
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 73.5/149 350 536 219 600 418 420 362 359 196 3460 303 367 380 115 418 411 430 245 463 3132 6592
White M: 71.6/144 W: 77.6/155 333 518 168 560 405 410 343 342 160 3239 294 349 334 121 387 353 407 208 411 2864 6103
Red M: 69.9/140 W: 75.8/152 318 513 154 541 390 394 328 332 151 3121 270 330 320 114 370 334 356 197 395 2686 5807
Handicap 9 3 13 7 1 5 11 15 17 16 8 12 18 6 10 4 14 2
Par 4 5 3 5 4 4 4 4 3 36 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 34 70
Handicap (W) 9 3 13 7 1 5 11 15 17 14 2 8 18 6 12 4 16 10

Course Details

Year Built 1912
Golf Season Year round. High Season: May - September
Architect Hugh Wilson (1912) Perry Maxwell (1938) Gil Hanse (2014) William S. Flynn (1912) William S. Flynn (1943)

Rentals/Services

Carts No, only for a medical necessity
Clubs No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire.

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
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5.0
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Excellent weather

Pure perfect golf!

I was fortunate enough to be invited to play Merion earlier this week and was eagerly anticipating the experience. The course is absolutely perfect! It's not a tremendously long course for a US Open style course, but the rough is very penalizing and the bunkers are nearly impossible.

This is truly a course where if you just keep the ball in the fairway you should be able to get around just fine and enjoy your round. The last three holes are brutal and can easily mess up a good score.

Be sure to show up early and check out the Trophy Room to admire the history of this fine place.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Channel
First Time Playing
Good weather

It's hosted U.S. Opens - enough said.

Played this the day after the final round of the 2013 U.S. Open and started on the 16th hole.

Goodness gracious that was a difficult start - having no chance to warm up before.

There's not much to say that hasn't already been said. I was lucky to play there and felt extremely fortunate to walk the same fairways as most of the greats of the game.

That last stretch is something special, and you get goosebumps looking at the Hogan plaque in the middle of the 18th fairway.

It's a golf geek's paradise.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather

Scenic course with tons of elevation changes

Merion is a course that should be on every intermediate and advanced player's bucket list. The conditions are pristine and the layout is both fun and challenging. There are quite a few shots with drastic elevation change which is both breath taking and intimidating simultaneously. Some shots that don't seem that uphill or downhill to the naked eye still play longer/shorter than the yardage, respectively. That is why the wicker basket flag sticks are so long in length--it's so you can locate the pins on those approach shots.

If beginners also want to give this course a go, be sure to play from the forward tees as there are quite a few shots that will require carries.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

Merion’s East Course is both one of the most celebrated and it is also one of the most unique designs in America

It is not a coincidence that great courses possess great histories. Merion’s East Course is both one of the most celebrated and it is also one of the most unique designs in America. Designed by Hugh Wilson, a 32 year-old club member, who was a good amateur player, but he had never designed a course before. So, in an effort to learn as much as he could, Wilson spent seven months in Scotland (and England) learning everything he could. He experience can be felt in numerous design elements at Merion, including the unique bunkering and the overall efficiency of the layout (remarkably, only 126 acres). Merion’s history is distinctive: Bobby Jones clinched the “Grand Slam” there in 1930 after winning the U.S. Amateur, Ben Hogan’s heroic comeback from a near fatal car accident was complete when he won the 1950 U.S. Open in a playoff (his famed 1 iron approach to the 18th green in the final round is immortalized as the most famous photo in golf), Lee Trevino took down Jack Nicklaus in a playoff at the 1971 U.S. Open at the height of Nicklaus’ dominance, David Graham won the 1981 U.S. Open there and in 2013 the U.S. Open was won by Justin Rose, leaving Phil Mickelson “heart broken.” From its wicker baskets to it’s comfy confines, Merion’s East Course has a place in history second only to it’s place in our hearts.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
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