US Open 2016 Oakmont Country Club: Hole 1

The par-4 first at Oakmont Country Club is a wicked opener

A guide to the first hole at Oakmont Country Club ahead of the 2016 US Open

US Open 2016 Oakmont Country Club: Hole 1

Hole 1 - Par 4 - 482 yards

A lot of courses tend to start with a nice, simple opener to get golfers on their way but Oakmont Country Club's first hole is far from that.

At 482 yards it's a long one, where even after a good drive most players will be hitting mid-to-long irons into the green.

Hitting a good drive here is a premium as there are bunkers littered either side of the fairway meaning if you slightly pull it left or push it right, you'll probably be in the sand.

It doesn't get any easier from there. The approach plays blind for all-but the longest of hitters.

Oakmont Country Club

The green sits at the bottom of a pronounced hill, sloping away from you and only the most precise shots will hold the putting surface.

One thing you notice with this green is that there are no bunkers surrounding it - quite rare for Oakmont.

However, plenty will see their golf ball run off the green where from there it's an uphill chip and no simple up-and-down.

Expect to see plenty in the sand off the tee where very few will find the green. A par here will likely gain half a shot on the field.

A wonderful opening test.

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x