WATCH: The Nightmare Green US Amateur Field Will Face

A video showing the speed and undulations at one of Ridgewood Country Club’s greens has gone viral

Lou Stagner shows the speed and undulations of the greens at Ridgewood Coutry Club
(Image credit: Twitter @LouStagner)

The best non-pro golfers in the world will face the stiffest of tests this week at the 122nd US Amateur Championship, which is being held over two courses in New Jersey.

The Ridgewood Country Club and nearby Arcola Country Club, both in Paramus, New Jersey, welcome 312 of the best non-professionals from 29 different countries, but one hole awaiting them in particular has been drawing plenty of attention on social media. The 14th hole on Ridgewood’s championship course has the sort of quick, undulating, raised green that would see even the most seasoned pro break into cold sweats.

Golf stats guru Lou Stagner tweeted a video showing a golf ball being dropped at the back of the green, and following it as it gathered pace rolling past the hole towards the front of the green, carried on back onto the fairway, down a hill and coming to rest in a divot in a flat area, leaving a nasty chip back to start the whole process again.


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Xavier University Men's Golf Coach Brian Arlinghaus also took to Twitter to show his experience of the hole, with the caption 'There will be blood'. His video shows his putt go past the hole, rolling off the green and back down the hill onto the fairway. Xavier's Justin Gabbard was the last player to tee off in the US Amateur on Monday, having been drawn in the final group at Ridgewood.


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The US Amateur got under way on both courses on Monday August 15th, with the top 64 players left after everyone has played 18 holes of strokeplay at each venue then moving on, with the rest of the tournament all in the matchplay fromoat and held at Ridgewood. Wednesday and Thursday sees that 64 whittled down to the last eight, with semi-finals on Saturday and the 36-hole final on Sunday 21st.

As ever with the USGA, there are some creative groupings over the first couple of days, the pick of which will tickle Seinfeld fans - Mark Costanza joins Hazen Newman and Campbell Kremer for the first couple of days. All three share, just about, surnames with main characters in the much-loved comedy series.

James Piot is the current champion, having beaten Austin Greaser 2&1 in the 2021 US Amateur at Oakmont Country Club. Piot has since turned professional and joined LIV Golf, where he is a member of the Niblicks GC team. Greaser is now a senior at the University of North Carolina and is back to try again, having suffered a bit of a collapse last year.

With nine holes remaining he was 3-up, but a combination of losing his form at the vital moment and Piot finding his saw Greaser finish runner-up and Piot follow in the footsteps of the likes of Phil Michelson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods and more recently Matt Fitzpatrick, Bryson DeChambeau and Viktor Hovland.

Jeff Kimber
Freelance Staff Writer

Jeff graduated from Leeds University in Business Studies and Media in 1996 and did a post grad in journalism at Sheffield College in 1997. His first jobs were on Slam Dunk (basketball) and Football Monthly magazines, and he's worked for the Sunday Times, Press Association and ESPN. He has faced golfing greats Sam Torrance and Sergio Garcia, but on the poker felt rather than the golf course. Jeff's favourite course played is Sandy Lane in Barbados, which went far better than when he played Matfen Hall in Northumberland, where he crashed the buggy on the way to the 1st tee!