Who Says Oakmont Country Club Is Tough To Play?

Just about everybody! And that’s the truth.

This week the LPGA U.S. Women’s Open is being played on one of the toughest golf courses in the country, the Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania. Predictions are that the winning score will certainly be over par. Three years ago in 2007 the U.S. Men’s Open was held on this brute of a course. Winner Angel Cabrera came in with a 5-over par 285 to take home the trophy.

Third Hole at Oakmont with "church pews" sand bunkerWhat makes this course such a nightmare to play? Here are just a few of the holes the women will have to negotiate this week:

  • 2nd hole- it’s a short par 4 but uphill… tee markers will be moved to make it 250 yards, tee to green.
  • 3rd hole with it’s narrow fairway and infamous “church pews” sand bunker – deep and notorious!
  • 8th hole – the longest par 3 in the history of the U.S. Women’s Open – it’s over 250 yards
  • 9th hole – The tee box on the infamous 9th hole has been moved – it is now a par 5- 477 yards
  • 12th hole -The longest par 5 in the history of the U.S. Women’s Open -602 yards

Is it worth the effort? 128 professionals and 28 amateurs are on the course, each determined to win! With a purse of $3,250,000 at stake, every player will be out to play their best.

Want current stats? live feed from Oakmont? Click here. Watch the tournament this week, televised on ESPN2 Thursday and Friday and run 3pm – 7pm. The last two rounds on Saturday and Sunday on NBC from 3pm – 6pm.

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