As you read this post, GCM's very own Howard Richman is jetting toward Philadelphia and Merion Golf Club, site of this week's U.S. Open. And as we've done for the past eight years, Howard will be reporting from inside the ropes at Merion, offering readers our particular brand of coverage of golf course maintenance activites at a U.S. Open.
To get you ready for one of the biggest weeks in golf, here is a roll call of resources that will introduce you to Matt Shaffer, Merion's director of golf course management, and the team that will be preparing the famed East Course for this week's championship. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it's a pretty decent primer in advance to the things your see, hear and read in the coming days both on this blog and in the mainstream media.
The first, obviously, is the GCSAA TV video above that features Shaffer and his team's work in advance of the U.S. Open. Also, we'd be remiss if we didn't direct you to Howard's excellent profile of Shaffer and the crew at Merion that was the cover story of the June issue of GCM.
You'll also want to take a look at two "official" GCSAA communications on Merion and the U.S. Open — the pre-tournament news release and the tournament fact sheet, something the association prepares weekly for virtually every professional golf event out there.
A few other points of interest to consider:
- GCSAA members (double check your membership classification!) can gain complimentary admission to Merion next week.
- Fascinating story in the New York Times on the logistical challenges the USGA is facing in hosting the Open at Merion.
- Merion's hometown news source, Philly.com, has a whole package of coverage of the championship.