The Best American Golf Tournaments – Part 1

America has some of the best golf courses in the world, and it also has some of the most famous tournaments on the golfing calendar. The whole world is aware of the coveted Green Jacket that is awarded to the winner of the US Masters and the spectacular beauty of Pebble Beach Golf Links.

In this blog we look at the ultimate golf tournaments that are held in America, the famous holes and the players that have triumphed over the years.

The US Masters

Perhaps the most famous golf tournament in the world is the US Masters, which takes place at the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club. The club was designed and formed by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts and it opened in 1932.

The inaugural tournament was played in 1933 and was called The Augusta National Invitation Tournament which included a mix of amateur and professional players. It was won by Horton Smith and the event was actually broadcasted on national radio which was the first time ever for a golfing tournament.

Another ground breaking fact was that the event was played over seventy-two holes over four days. It was deemed the additional time made for better quality play. Augusta is made up of the most complex holes and verdant greens in golf, and with holes like Amen Corner it is not surprising it is probably the most popular golf tournaments in the world. 

Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Better known as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, this great tournament is held at the Pebble Beach Golf Links which includes such golfing landmarks as Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula which all contribute to make this course one of the most picturesque in world golf.

Perhaps one of the most famous and most photographed holes in golf is the seventh hole which is a par three and is certainly dramatic. Pebble Beach Golf Club has actually three courses, Monterey Peninsula, Spyglass Hill, and Spanish Bay, each containing its own particular charm and difficulty.

Pebble Beach has also hosted the U.S Open on five occasions such is its great reputation, this is more than any other course in the last half century.

The U.S Open

The U.S Open is the oldest golf tournament in America, and it proves to be the most complete test of golfing skill that there is. Spectators flock to the U.S Open to see the world’s best players competing against each other at the best courses in the U.S.

First played in 1895 on a nine-hole course, the tournament was dominated by British golfers in its early years. Then in 1911 the first American golfer, John McDermott was the first native-American to win it.

Opened in 1903, the Oakmont course has been home to the U.S. Open 9 times, more than any other course. The U.S. Open will return to Oakmont in 2016. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The format of the tournament is seventy-two holes of stroke-play, and the player with the lowest score wins. It has been competed for at some of the most prestigious courses in the U.S including, Oakmont Country Club, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Merion Golf Club, and Baltusrol Golf Club.

In part two of this blog we look at even more great golf tournaments that are held in America, which includes The Players Championship, The Farmers Insurance Open, and the AT&T National.