As golf fans know, the Open Championship is played on only 9 courses - five in Scotland, and four in England.
Which got me to thinking - if the U.S Open went to a rotation, which 9 courses would make up the rota?
These are my picks. The criteria? Great courses (of course), a bit of geographic diversity, and a bit of history. Plus, two public courses - real public courses, where it doesn't cost close to $500 to play. And those two share the final spot, meaning my 9 is really 10.
1. Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey, California.
2. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, Long Island.
3. The Olympic Club, San Francisco, California.
4. Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
5. Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, New York.
6. Pinehurst No. 2 Course, Pinehurst, North Carolina.
7. Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Illinois.
8. Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
9a. Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, New York.
9b. Torrey Pines (South Course), La Jolla, California.
That's my 10. What are yours?