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Carmel Magazine, spring 2018

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USGA is committed to bringing our championships to golf 's greatest venues and the oppor tunity to have the best players in the world, female and male, compete at this iconic course will provide a fantastic showcase of the game." Backlash. Two of the last three U.S. Opens (at Chambers Bay and Erin Hills) have been experiments conducted on new, untested courses. To say the least, they were not rousing successes. Players, fans and reporters made it plain that they prefer the U.S. Open to be played on old, classic courses, which helped bring the tournament back to Pebble a mere eight years after the 2019 edition. Meanwhile, recent Ryder Cup host venues have been deeply uninspiring, the courses chosen more for financial and logistical reasons than the quality of the playing field. The Olympic Club will offer a course that is equal to the status of the Ryder Cup. "Olympic is without a doubt one of the toughest courses on the planet," says Olin Browne, a vice captain for the U.S. team at the 2008 Ryder Cup. "That will only add to the theater. Not only do [the players] The restoration of Harding Park (here the 18th hole is pictured) is one of public golf 's great success stories, and the course will be on further display for the 2020 PGA Championship and '25 Presidents Cup. 126 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 The PGA Championship, which has traditionally been played in August, is moving to May and there are widespread concerns that many eastern and northern courses will no longer be able to host the event, as turf conditions will be substandard coming hard on the heels of the winter months. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

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