Oakmont Country Club Pictures

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 1

Oakmont Country Club 1st hole and clubhouse
A view from the fairway on Oakmont Country Club's No. 1 hole, with the clubhouse in the background. Justin K. Aller/Getty Images for DC&P Championship

Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa., is regarded as one of the most challenging golf courses in the world. Its membership likes it that way - the USGA actually slows the greens for the U.S. Open.

Oakmont has hosted many major championships during its long history. That includes U.S. Opens, PGA Championships, U.S. Amateurs, and U.S. Women's Opens.

Each photo in this tour of the course is accompanied by commentary from golf course design enthusiast Christopher Hunt, based on his own playing of Oakmont. Hunt holds a Masters of Science degree from the Edinburgh College of Art in Golf Architecture.

Hole 1
Par 4 men/Par 5 women

  • Black tees: 492 yards
  • Blue tees: 441
  • White tees: 423
  • Red tees: 418

Christopher Hunt: "Oakmont is known as perhaps the world's fiercest golfing challenge. The first hole, a par-4, 492-yard monster, does nothing to dispel this assertion. If the fairway is found amongst the eight fairway bunkers, a longish approach remains to a bunkered green that slopes viciously away from the player. An opening par will provide the golfer with some necessary confidence moving to the second."

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 2

Sunrise over Oakmont - the 2nd hole
The 2nd hole at Oakmont Country Club, viewed from behind the green. Fred Vuich/Getty Images

Hole 2
Par 4

  • Black tees: 340 yards
  • Blue tees: 325
  • White tees: 317
  • Red tees: 309

Christopher Hunt: "The second hole lies at the far end of a bridge crossing above the Pennsylvania Turnpike. While only 340 yards, the hole entertains the golfer with thirteen bunkers and a devilish green that is eminently three-puttable. A sure long iron off the tee to the right of a flanking drainage ditch and a precise wedge below the hole will produce favorable results."

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 3

Oakmont Country Club's third hole green and Church Pews
Looking over the Church Pews bunker toward the No. 3 green at Oakmont. Fred Vuich/Getty Images

Hole 3
Par 4

  • Black tees: 428 yards
  • Blue tees: 390
  • White tees: 378
  • Red tees: 339

Christopher Hunt: "Oakmont introduces its famous Church Pews bunker at the short uphill par-4, 428-yard third hole. One of golf's most famous bunkers is bisected by a dozen parallel grassy rows and blankets the left side of the landing area. Avoiding the sandy expanse and its neighbors to the right of the fairway leaves the golfer a relatively straightforward uphill shot to a relatively benign putting surface."

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 4

Oakmont Country Club fourth hole
The neck, bunkers and green on the No. 4 hole at Oakmont Country Club. Fred Vuich/Getty Images

Hole 4
Par 5

  • Black tees: 609 yards
  • Blue tees: 512
  • White tees: 504
  • Red tees: 467

Christopher Hunt: "The first par-5 (609 yards) at Oakmont is the fourth, running along the other side of the Church Pews bunker. Stay right of it, and avoid the other 16 bunkers on the hole, and you can have a much-needed chance to get under par. The longest of hitters can reach the green with two accurate and mighty thrashes."

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 5

A general view of the par 4 Fifth hole at Oakmont Country Club
The 5th hole viewed from behind the green. Fred Vuich/Getty Images

Hole 5
Par 4

  • Black tees: 382 yards
  • Blue tees: 349
  • White tees: 347
  • Red tees: 275

Christopher Hunt:"The fifth plays to 382 yards, and offers another scoring chance to the accurate ballstriker. The fairway is bunkered on both sides and ends with a vastness of knee-high rough and drainage ditches that must be carried to the green nestled in a bunkered hillside. Courageous putting is required on the heavily contoured surface if birdie is to be achieved, although Sam Snead managed to avoid the trouble by holing out from the hillside above the green on his way to winning the 1951 PGA Championship."

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 6

Oakmont Country Club 6th hole
Bunker and green on the No. 6 hole at Oakmont Country Club. Justin K. Aller/Getty Images for DC&P Championship

Hole 6
Par 3

  • Black tees: 194 yards
  • Blue tees: 168
  • White tees: 152
  • Red tees: 143

Christopher Hunt: "The par-3 sixth hole is only 194 yards, and is actually the first hole at Oakmont that tests the golfer with fewer than ten bunkers. A middle iron will get the golfer to the green, which slopes heavily from right to left. Typically, a stray shot at the sixth must be short or left for an up-and-down par possibility."

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 7

Oakmont Country Club 7th hole
Looking across the green on Hole No. 7 at Oakmont Country Club. Justin K. Aller/Getty Images for DC&P Championship

Hole 7
Par 4

  • Black tees: 479 yards
  • Blue tees: 370
  • White tees: 357
  • Red tees: 274

Christopher Hunt: "Another brutal par-4 for mortals at 479 yards, the seventh at Oakmont puts the golfer back in survival mode. Bunkers on both sides of the fairway and both sides of the green must be avoided, and the nasty putting surface tilts opposite of the previous green from left to right."

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 8

Oakmont Country Club 8th hole
A large bunker guards the greens complex on the long par-3 No. 8 hole at Oakmont Country Club. Fred Vuich/Getty Images

Hole 8
Par 3

  • Black tees: 288 yards
  • Blue tees: 225
  • White tees: 209
  • Red tees: 185

Christopher Hunt: "Maybe the longest par-3 in championship golf awaits the tour players at the eighth tee, checking in at 288 yards. It will be refreshing to see some professionals forced to play a wood on this diabolical hole. The left greenside bunker is 100 yards long itself, and will see plenty of wayward shots during the U.S. Open. Fortunately the putting surface itself is flattish compared to most of its counterparts, so the golfer who hits the green should escape with a par heading back across the Turnpike to finish off the front nine."

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 9

Oakmont Country Club 9th hole
Hole No. 9 at Oakmont Country Club. Rick Stewart/Getty Images

Hole 9
Par 5

  • Black tees: 477 yards
  • Blue tees: 462
  • White tees: 459
  • Red tees: 431

Christopher Hunt: "The unique ninth at Oakmont offers an intimidating, long, uphill par-4 of 477 yards for the professionals, but members are given one more stroke to complete the nine with a par. Apart from visibility issues, the hole contests scoring with fifteen bunkers and a ditch left of the fairway. The unique putting green is massive and ties into the practice green, sitting right in front of Oakmont's clubhouse."

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 10

Oakmont Country Club 10th hole
Looking back down the fairway on the No. 10 hole at Oakmont Country Club. Fred Vuich/Getty Images

Hole 10
Par 4 men/Par 5 women

  • Black tees: 462 yards
  • Blue tees: 440
  • White tees: 436
  • Red tees: 431

Christopher Hunt: "The back nine begins with an intermediate length par-4 at 462 yards for the pros. The tenth and the first sandwich the ninth, and both play toward the turnpike gorge. Also like the first, the tenth putting green slopes away from the player, making it all the more important to find the narrow fairway off the tee and get some spin on the approach shot. The extremely wayward have three ditches to avoid on the hole outside the spread of bunkering."

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 11

Oakmont Country Club 11th hole
Hole No. 11 at Oakmont Country Club. Fred Vuich/Getty Images

Hole 11
Par 4

  • Black tees: 379 yards
  • Blue tees: 328
  • White tees: 307
  • Red tees: 271

Christopher Hunt: "The eleventh hole presents subtle difficulty, as opposed to the blunt brutality of some of its predecessors. The short 379-yard par-4 can be attacked with an iron off the tee to a plateau area of fairway between bunkers and another ditch, this one crossing the fairway. A wedge from there to a green bunkered heavily at the right and the player has another chance for glory on the famous Oakmont putting surfaces, this one being of the milder variety."

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 12

Oakmont Country Club 12th hole
Hole No. 12, viewed from behind the green, at Oakmont Country Club. Fred Vuich/Getty Images

Hole 12
Par 5

  • Black tees: 667 yards
  • Blue tees: 562
  • White tees: 550
  • Red tees: 466

Christopher Hunt: "The last of the three-shot holes at Oakmont is an absolute bear. The 667-yard twelfth is long, narrow, and full of bunkers. Twenty sand pits populate the hole, most diagonally guarding the landing area for the tee shot and the left portion of the green. Accuracy will benefit the player, as most mortals concede that the green is unreachable in two and desire to remain in the left-to-right sloping fairway. Where the bunkers do not flank the fairway, one is likely to find a drainage ditch, and the treacherous green does not receive shots gracefully, sloping away from the player."

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 13

Oakmont Country Club 13th hole
The green on Hole No. 13 at Oakmont Country Club. Justin K. Aller/Getty Images for DC&P Championship

Hole 13
Par 3

  • Black tees: 183 yards
  • Blue tees: 153
  • White tees: 139
  • Red tees: 129

Christopher Hunt: "A moderate par-3 of 183 yards awaits the player at the thirteenth hole. The green is nestled above the tee at the base of a hill, bunkered on all sides except the back. It elbows around the right bunker, diagonally canted from the line of play, making club selection all the more challenging. The back-right pin location is on a slight knoll, making aggression potentially catastrophic as anything above the hole is likely a three-putt."

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 14

14th hole at Oakmont Country Club
The sun is just beginning to peak over the greens complex of Oakmont Country Club's No. 14 hole. Fred Vuich/Getty Image

Hole 14
Par 4

  • Black tees: 358 yards
  • Blue tees: 340
  • White tees: 332
  • Red tees: 327

Christopher Hunt: "The short 358-yard fourteenth hole presents some options for the player. The fifteen bunkers on the hole are equitably distributed left and right along the length of the hole. The fairway is accordingly pinched, and some strong players might opt to go for the green if the breeze is favorable. The green is fairly large and full of double-breaking putts."

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 15

Oakmont Country Club 15th hole
The 'mini-Church Pews' on Hole No. 15 at Oakmont Country Club. Fred Vuich/Getty Images

Hole 15
Par 4 men/Par 5 women

  • Black tees:  499 yards
  • Blue tees: 434
  • White tees: 428
  • Red tees: 421

Christopher Hunt: "The final four holes at Oakmont call up memories of the great players who have won on this course. Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller all managed to best the field and add a win at this impressive venue to their resumes. The fifteenth hole is one yard short of 500 but still a par-4, and features the other Church Pew bunker off to the left of the severely sloping landing area. A par is a victory here and driving accuracy is again pivotal to hold the undulating green that is, of course, heavily bunkered."

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 16

Oakmont Country Club 16th hole
A view of Hole No. 16 at Oakmont Country Club. Fred Vuich/Getty Images

Hole 16
Par 3

  • Black tees: 231 yards
  • Blue tees: 211
  • White tees: 189
  • Red tees: 135

Christopher Hunt: "The final short hole on the course must be thoughtfully accounted for, at 231 yards and a side-hill green complex. The miss is right if par will be had, as the large green slopes left to right. Putting is challenging on the sixteenth as hillocks and hummocks abound in the surface."

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 17

Oakmont Country Club 17th hole
The elevated green of the short, par-4 No. 17 hole at Oakmont Country Club. Fred Vuich/Getty Images

Hole 17
Par 4

  • Black tees: 313 yards
  • Blue tees: 296
  • White tees: 276
  • Red tees: 259

Christopher Hunt: "Perhaps the most exciting hole on the course and a true risk-reward venture, the seventeenth plays a mere 313 yards. The longest of players might only need 3-wood to reach, but the blow must carry a menacing congregation of bunkers about 60 yards short and another string around the back and sides. Ben Hogan accomplished the feat in his birdie-birdie finish to win the 1953 U.S. Open over Sam Snead. The distance-challenged in the field must play two crisp iron shots to threaten for birdie."

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Oakmont Country Club - Hole No. 18

Oakmont Country Club Hole No. 18 and clubhouse
Looking up the 18th hole at Oakmont Country Club, with the clubhouse behind the green. Fred Vuich/Getty Images

Hole 18
Par 4 men/Par 5 women

  • Black tees: 484 yards
  • Blue tees: 430
  • White tees: 420
  • Red tees: 412

Christopher Hunt: "The last at Oakmont is certainly not the least - a majestic and fair closing to Pennsylvania's finest golf course. Playing toward the clubhouse, downhill off the tee and uphill slightly from there to the green, 484 yards are traversed. The fairway bunkers must be avoided at all costs if a slim lead is to be kept, as reaching the green from them is often impossible due to their steepness. The putting green when reached is one of the most exciting on the course, rolling intricately down from back to front and creating all sorts of pressure putts. Finishing up this wonderful par-4 on the most rigorous of courses, one often wonders how Johnny Miller's final-round 63 in the 1973 U.S. Open was even possible."