Tom Watson walks with longtime caddie Bruce Edwards at the 1980 U.S. Open which was played at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Edwards was a close friend of Watson’s for 30 years, and died from ALS in 2004.
Baltusrol’s Upper course recently finished restorations by Rees Jones and his team. Although Tillinghast was the only architect to work on the course prior to the 1990s, over time many design elements faded. The restorations made by Jones were faithful to Tillinghast’s original design.The course is in wonderful shape with quick greens and immaculate bunkers.
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Above are photos of Baltusrol Golf Club’s Lower Course, host of the 2016 PGA Championship. Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship the last time it was at Baltusrol in 2005. I played there for the first time last week and it is a beautiful and fun golf course.
The two toughest elements of the course are the greens and the bunkers. The greens are very large and quick so a miss on the wrong side of the green leaves a very challenging two putt. The fairway and green side bunkers are very deep. In the fairway hitting out with a higher lofted club is usually necessary. Some of the green side bunkers are so far below the green that the green isn’t visible from the bottom.
Reminiscent of the Ben Hogan plaque at Merion, there are two Jack Nicklaus plaques on the 18th hole of the Lower Course at Baltusrol. One is at the tee in recognition of his U.S. Open victories. The other is in the fairway at the spot he used an 1 iron to reach the green in the 1967 U.S. Open.
"He hooks the ball and it goes behind the crowd, over the trees and Marty is never again in contention…"
Twenty-three-year-old Marty Fleckman shot 67-73-69 in a bid to become the first amateur to win the U.S. Open since Johnny Goodman (in 1933), but he ballooned to an 80 in the final round and finished 18th. Asked by reporters what happened, Fleckman replied, “I finally got back on my game.”
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