The playing field for the US Open Championship
has been warned to expect "golf
's toughest test" at the Olympic Club when the major event gets underway today (June 14th).
With the first six holes deemed the most challenging in the tournament's history, the entire course is set to prove difficult for competitors that will be forced to test every aspect of their game.
Always a factor in the US Open
, the rough is a mixture of poa annua and ryefrass which will give different lies depending on which the ball lands in, while the greens - among the smallest targets in major championship gold - are running fast and true.
The length of the 16th hole is particularly interesting, with the USGA looking to use the full 670 yards on two days and push the tee up to around the 600-yard mark.
Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA, said: "The greens are as good as any greens we have seen at a US Open. They putt beautifully. The fairways are perfect. The rough is aptly named, it's rough - and we're just delighted."