Merion East has long been considered the best course on the tightest acreage in America, and when it hosted the U.S. Open in 2013, its first since 1981, the present generation of big hitters couldn’t conquer this clever little course. They couldn’t consistently hit its twisting fairways, which are edged by creeks, hodge-podge rough and OB stakes and couldn’t consistently hold its canted greens, edged by bunkers that stare back. Justin Rose won with a 72-hole total of one-over-par, two ahead of Jason Day and Phil Mickelson. With Gil Hanse's extensive two-year renovation making even more improvements at Merion's East Course, the design should be even more polished when the Open returns again in 2030.
100 Greatest: Ranked every year since 1966.
2023-'24 ranking (and previous): 6th.
Highest ranking: 5th, 2015-2016.
Best in State: Ranked first in Pennsylvania four times (1989-1990, 1995-'96, '99-2000, 2015-'16). Ranked second in every other edition.
Current ranking: Second.