U.S. Open Betting: What To Know About The Country Club

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Matthew Fitzpatrick, 18, of England, hits of the 10th tee, the 28th tee of play, during the 36-hole championship match of the U.S. Amateur golf tournament at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Jun 13, 2022, 6:30 AM

When it comes to forming a strategy for golf betting, course history is at the top of the list.

With this year’s U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, there isn’t much to go off of.

The course has hosted several top USGA events, 17 in all, but none since the U.S. Amateur in 2013. Before that, the last big event was the 1999 Ryder Cup. With that being the case, most players in the field have never played a competitive round at the course.

Current U.S. Open golf odds have Rory McIlroy (+1100) as the favorite.

The Country Club Layout

The Country Club consists of 27 holes. The main 18 (the Clyde and the Squirrel) were designed by Willie Campbell (1895) and Alex Campbell (1902), and then the third nine (the Primrose) was added in the 1920s and was designed by William S. Flynn. 

Gil Hanse also renovated the entire course before the U.S. Amateur in 2013.

The championship course is a mix-and-match of holes, using both the Clyde and the Squirrel, plus three holes from the Primrose. For this year’s U.S Open, the par-4 fourth hole of the main course has been removed, and the par-3 12th hole of the main course has been added. 

That hole is a short par-3, roughly 130 yards, known for its small green, and will be the 11th hole at this year’s U.S. Open.

What To Know About The Country Club

The course is most known for hosting the 1999 Ryder Cup and Justin Leonard’s Cup-clinching putt, but it’s hosted 17 total USGA events, including the 2013 U.S. Amateur.

A few players in that event will be competing this week, including the winner Matthew Fitzpatrick, Scottie Scheffler, Corey Conners, Bryson DeChambeau, Cameron Young and Will Zalatoris.

The top feature of The Country Club is small greens, and the USGA raises the length of the rough for the U.S. Open, making hitting fairways imperative to having success.

With the lack of history at the course, most players will be going into the week without much knowledge.

“It’s one that I’m going to have to roll into pretty blind, which is not normally my MO,” Justin Rose said to The Boston Globe last month. “I really don’t know what to expect, other than a traditional U.S. Open track. I can kind of picture what it’s going to be like from images I’ve seen from years past, but I don’t have a good appreciation for the track.”

Past Tournaments At The Country Club

YearTournamentWinner
2013U.S. Amateur Matt Fitzpatrick
1999Ryder CupUnited States
1995U.S. Women's AmateurKelli Kuehne
1988U.S. OpenCurtis Strange
1982U.S. AmateurJay Sigel
1963U.S. OpenJulius Boros
1957 U.S. AmateurHillman Robbins
1941U.S. Women's AmateurBetty Hicks Newell
1934U.S. AmateurLawson Little
1922U.S. AmateurJess Sweetser
1913U.S. OpenFrancis Ouimet
1910U.S. AmateurWilliam C. Fownes Jr.
1902U.S. Women's AmateurGenevieve Hecker

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”