Posted by: John K. Abendroth, PGA
Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 8:40 PM
New bunker on 17 to create a challenge for some at U. S. Open at Olympic Club
By. John K. Abendroth, PGA
As the players make it toward the clubhouse on the 17th hole at the Olympic Club in June for the U. S. Open the ones that have played Olympic before will find a surprise with a new bunker about 60 yards from the green on the edge of the right rough.
The area is a very common layup area when playing as a true par-5 and it will get some action, especially when you consider the concept of having fairway length grass right up to the edge of the bunkers that are approach bunkers or the one true fairway bunker on the 6th hole.
It has always been said the Olympic Club Lake Course only has one fairway bunker, but on the first hole there are two bunkers at about 40-yards, one on the 14th hole about 25-yards short of the green, two on the 4th hole that are about 40-yards from the green and now the new bunker on 17. To use words similar to Sandy Tatum when planting the famous tree during the U. S. Open ("we caused the tree to be planted...") to prevent Lon Hinkle and others from playing down an adjacent fairway, on 17 at Olympic...Mike Davis caused a bunker to be dug.
For many of the players in the field of 156 they will see Olymopic for the first time in June the bunker will not be new to them and they are often used to seeing many fairway bunkers on championship courses, so this will not be a very big deal but it will create a new batch of thinking and planning by the players and their caddies.