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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 204
“In many respects, Baltusrol can be considered one of Tillinghast’s most important designs. This was one of the reasons Baltusrol Golf Club was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2014 by the National Park Service, becoming one of only four golf properties to hold this distinction." “Tillinghast was prescient in seeing that golf courses should have the flexibility to accommodate future changes in the game, and the courses he built at Baltusrol show his foresight,” Jones [pictured below] continued, adding that the total length of the Lower course has grown by more than 820 metres over time without any re-routing of holes or relocating of greens. Golf fans might recall Jack Nicklaus won two of his four US Opens (1967 and 1980) at Baltusrol and how Lee Janzen defeated Payne Stewart the last time America’s national championship was held across the Lower course, in 1993. More recently, the site has become a PGA of America domain, despite the USGA’s headquarters sitting only 30 kilometres away in Far Hills. Phil Mickelson won the lone PGA Championship staged at Baltusrol to date, in 2005. Just why it ever became a US Open venue is immediately obvious. The Lower course is narrow, heavily bunkered and long. Eight of the 12 par-4s exceed 400 metres and there are few, if any, ‘breather’ holes. Even the shortest of the four par- 3s measures 178 metres across water. On many greens, the contours act as hazards themselves, meaning even the target itself isn’t necessarily a safe haven if players find the wrong portion of the shortest grass. While more recent PGA venues have moved away from the penal, US Open-style setup, Baltusrol is one layout that blurs the lines between the two majors. Defending champion Jason Day won’t be shooting PHIL MICKELSON WON THE LONE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP STAGED AT BALTUSROL TO DATE, IN 2005.
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