A Retro Look At A Retro Course
Through the unique lens of a Holga camera, Golf Digest Managing Editor Alan Pittman takes us on a tour of Merion
June 15, 2013
Evening light falls on Merion's clubhouse.
The grandstand behind the par-3 13th green was a prime spot for spectators.
A lone tree overlooks the quarry on No.16 with the Goodyear blimp overhead.
Players prepare to hit an intimidating approach over the quarry on the par-4 16th.
Adam Scott is greeted like a rock star on the practice range Wednesday.
Players weren't the only ones in need of a break from Merion.
Caleb Carney and his son, Landon, of Durham, Conn., watch players come through the 15th Friday.
A light rain falls during play Friday morning.
Bob Davison of Canton, Ga., works the leader board on No. 13 Friday.
A caddie leaves his player's bag for a few minutes to check the yardage
Classic U.S. Open fare: hot dog with mustard.
Trees cast shadows on the fifth fairway at sunset Friday.
The practice range is stocked with all the major brands of golf balls.
A distant view of the grandstand near the 17th green.
Small, manual leader boards border each green.
A group makes its way to the 17th green.
A stone walkway offers a path across Cobbs Creek near the sixth green.
Spectators exit the grandstand on No. 17.
A quiet moment on the fifth hole before the next group comes through.
Members of the grounds crew prep the course before Friday's round.
Two of the massive white tents that comprise the spectator's pavilion.
Spectators stretch to get a view of players teeing off on 13.
Merion's bunkers are as treacherous as they are beautiful.
Patrolmen Frank Dambrosio (left) of the Ridely Park Police and Matthew Barber of Lower Providence Township Police work the practice range.
Brandt Jobe escapes from a fairway bunker on the par-5 fourth.
A shady area on No.13 offers a cool spot to watch.
The top of the grandstand near No.18 offered more than just course views.
Amateur Cheng-Tsung Pan tees off on the par-5 fourth hole Friday.
The sun sets across the sixth fairway during Wednesday's practice round.
Zakiyyah Howell of Ardmore, Pa., waits on spectators to arrive for the practice-range shuttles.
Heavy rain and spectator traffic took a toll on the fairway crossings.
The group of Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and Nicolas Colsaerts attracted a large following the first two rounds.
After a day and a half of heavy rain and clouds, the sun finally broke through Friday afternoon.
A couple studies a course map before play on Saturday.
One of Merion's most interesting traditions is the use of wicker baskets atop the pins instead of flags.