It’s not unusual for a championship golf course to feature a long par-3, and some even have two. What is highly unusual is the challenge posed this week in the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, which features a trio of par-3 monsters: the 256-yard No. 3, the 236-yard No. 9, and the 246-yard No. 17.
“It’s the biggest small course I’ve ever seen, and that really shows up on the par-3s,” said Golf Channel analyst Frank Nobilo, who spent all of last week at Merion in Ardmore, Pa.
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Long par-3s at Merion
This week’s U.S. Open will feature three unusually long par-3s.
No. 3: 256 yards
No. 9: 236 yards
No. 17: 246 yards