Merion (East)

Merion's East Course
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Merion (East)

  • Course Type

  • GOLF Top 100 World Rank (2023-24)

  • Year

  • Architect

    Hugh Wilson
  • Par

  • Yardage


Course Overview

What makes Merion so distinctive is its remarkable variety. Some par-4s are short, others are monsters with the delta being as much as 200 yards. One par-3 is tiny, at 115 yards; the others measure 236, 246 and 256. The famous par-4 11th, where Bobby Jones clinched the 1930 Grand Slam, is slashed by a creek, while the par-4 16th demands a shot over an abandoned stone quarry. In short, Merion has everything, including sub-air and irrigation systems that lend more control over the firmness and speed of the playing surfaces. The recently expanded greens have created a plethora of new hole locations around the greens’ perimeters, and the player’s chess match with the clever design is more intense than ever. (Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images)

3 things to know

  • Hole everyone talks about

    No. 18, par-4, 462 yards: The closing hole at Merion’s East Course requires a 260+-yard carry over a quarry to reach the fairway, where players then face a tricky approach to an elevated green, which Ben Hogan famously accomplished with a 1-iron at the 1950 U.S. Open.
  • Best non-golf amenity

    Merion is famous for its Snapper Soup, which is made not from snapper fish but snapping turtles.
  • Insider tip

    There are no yardage markers to be found on Merion’s East Course, so it’s important to take a club caddie and trust their highly-trained expertise. Also, no mulligans allowed on the 1st tee.