Merion in Pictures

The Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania is set to host its fifth U.S. Open. Learn more about the private golf course and why it's often considered one of the best in America.

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The Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania is set to host its fifth U.S. Open. Learn more about the private golf course and why it's often considered one of the best in America.
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Merion Golf Club, located in the Philadelphia suburb of Ardmore, is the site for the 2013 U.S. Open that will be played June 13-16. Click through the gallery for more images and information about the course.
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Here is a view of the 14th fairway looking back towards the tee box on the East Course of the Club. Merion has held more USGA championships than any other club in the country.
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This is a view of the ninth hole on the East Course. Merion’s East Course opened on September 14, 1912 and was “among experts, considered the finest inland links in the country, ” said a report upon its arrival.
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A USGA official walks to the 17th green with the trophy. The course is a little under 7,000 yards, almost 500 yards longer than when it last held the national championship in 1981.
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Members of the media photograph the U.S. Open Championship Trophy. Tiger Woods could put an end to his five-year major championship absence at this year's U.S. Open.
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The course has seen many influential figures. Former President Dwight D.Eisenhower, left, is greeted by golfer Arnold Palmer before they participate in Heart Fund Benefit, a golf match at the Merion Golf Club in 1964.
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The U.S. Open Championship Trophy rests on the foot bridge to the 11th hole. The very first trophy that was given at the first U.S. Open in 1895 was burned in a fire in 1946 at a country club near Chicago. A new one was cast and has been given to Open winners since 1947.
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The U.S. Open Championship Trophy rests on the 18th fairway next to a plaque commemorating the famous shot by Ben Hogan in 1950. Hogan played only 16 ‘months after a near fatal car crash with a bus. Although he was struggling to walk and in pain, he won the 1950 U.S. Open with a shot 200 yards away and into wind.
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Here is a detailed view of the top of the U.S. Open Championship Trophy. The U.S. Open winner takes custody of a replica of the real trophy for one year, The USGA states.
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Hugh Wilson was chosen to design the course in 1910. The 32-year-old member of the club had never designed a golf club, so he went to Scotland and England to learn how to create a masterpiece course. He ended up creating the Merion Golf Club that stands today.
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Here is a view of the clubhouse on the East Course. It was originally a farmhouse in 1824 and is pretty small by today's standards, according to Golf Digest.
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A plaque is located on a boulder of the 11th tee box that honors Bobby Jones. He is the only golf player to win all four majors in the same year.
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The U.S. Open has grown over the years and gained popularity. However, the tight space of Merion, which spans fewer than 120 acres, will be a tight fit for the players and media crews, according to the New York Post.
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Here is a view of the wicker basket on the East Course at Merion Golf Club. The club uses baskets rather than flags. The winner of any USGA event at Merion gets a wicker basket.
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Olin Dutra is shown in action during the U.S. Open Golf Championship at Merion Cricket Club in 1934. Dutra beat Gene Sarazen by one stroke to win the Open.
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Merion isn't like most, having challenged players throughout its history. With its with sculpted greens, fairways, and baffling bunkers, the course has influenced the game.
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Jack Nicklaus swings his club during the 1981 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. “Acre for acre, [Merion] may be the best test of golf in the world,” Nicklaus once said.
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Here is the club crest on the entrance sign to Merion, depicting the club's signature wicker baskets. The story goes that while the designer of the gold course was in England, he saw sheep herders with staffs that had wicker baskets that held their lunches. He took the idea, though this is unconfirmed.
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