10 Toughest Holes In U.S. Open History


The U.S. Open is known as golf’s toughest test for good reason. Here are 10 of the toughest holes statistically that the USGA has ever assembled for their men’s championship.

Pebble Beach Golf Links – 17th hole, par 3, 208 yards



Pebble Beach, California
Years: 1972, 1982, 1992, 2000, 2010

Pebble Beach is home to some of the most gorgeous holes in the world, but none of them play tougher than the par-3 17th. It says 208-yards on the card but it usually plays longer into the wind and features a long, shallow green surrounded by seven bunkers. In 2010, a total of just five players hit the green during the final green and it played to a 3.49 average. In 2000 it was 3.45. It also is home to Jack Nicklas famous 1-iron in 1972 and Watson chip-in birdie in 1982. 

According to Watson, “It’s such a little green, and you’re hitting such a long shot. You’re hitting a 210-yard shot in there, and to stop the ball on that little, tiny, hard green … it was virtually impossible to keep your ball on the putting surface.”


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