Myopia Hunt Club

myopia hunt
Ran Morrissett
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Myopia Hunt Club

  • Course Type

  • GOLF Top 100 World Rank (2023-24)

  • Year

  • Architect

    H.C. Leeds
  • Par

  • Yardage


Course Overview

Some critics of rankings grumble that hosting a major unduly elevates a course. Is that true for Myopia Hunt, given that it has played host to four U.S. Opens? Probably not, given its last one was in 1908! Myopia Hunt’s rise in the list can be attributed to Gil Hanse’s recent restoration work whereby trees came down, and fairways were expanded/reconnected to Herbert Leeds’s fabulous pit bunkers. The handsome blue stem rough is best admired from a distance but there is no hiding from the severely titled greens at the 4th, 6th and 13th. None of those two-shotters is long but the slopes with which Leeds imbued them with 125 years ago define treachery at modern green speeds. With the wind more evident and the playing surfaces firm, the course’s thorny playing attributes are once again on full display. Fun fact: The winning score at its four U.S. Opens averaged nearly 324, or 81 strokes per round. (Photo: Ran Morrissett)

3 things to know

  • Hole everyone talks about

    No. 16, par-3, 192 yards: This diabolical hole plays severely downhill over fescue and to a green that slopes away from you. When the conditions are firm, it can be difficult to even hold the green with a wedge.
  • Best non-golf amenity

    Myopia Hunt Club has one of the oldest continually running polo fields in the nation. If you visit in season, you can take in a match after your round.
  • Insider tip

    Be ready for a test. This course might be short, but with firm and fast conditions, getting your ball to stop on the greens can be nearly impossible.