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By bringing the US Open back to Merion for the first time in 32 years, the USGA is breaking the recent mold of holding the national championship on sweeping, expansive layouts that can create large corporate tent cities, stretch beyond 7,500 yards, and comfortably accommodate tens of thousands of spectators.
Merion doesn’t allow for any of that. Nestled in a neighborhood, the East Course sits on just 126 acres, about half the size of typical US Open venues. Most of the corporate areas appear on the outer edge of the golf course, and tickets have been limited to 25,000 per day.
But people will come, curious to see if a course that’s short by professional standards can still serve as a test worthy of such a championship.