Golf Tournaments 2016
Golf Tournaments 2016
You know when the golf tournaments 2016 calendar starts to kick in, it’s when the US Masters starts in early April, in this post we are going to have a look at this year’s major golf tournaments and where they will be hosted.
US Masters – Augusta National Georgia – April 7th to 10th April 2016
To start off with the US Masters, the Masters tournament has the smallest fields of all of the major golf championships, so spots for the first major of the year are always the most sort after playing for the ‘Green Jacket’.
Last year’s winner Jordan Spieth will be in attendance once again and looking for a follow up victory to add to last year’s win, Augusta National Golf Club is a Par 72 and the distance of the course is 7,435 yards or 6,799 metres in length – and it will play every inch of that length with tough pin positions and electric fast greens.
With the US Masters all past champions of the event get an automatic spot in the field, this year no doubt we will see the likes of ex Masters Champions Fred Couples and Angel Cabrera still vying for the Green Jacket, they seem to revel in the prospect of playing well at the Masters and they always do well considering the length and difficulty of the course.
After the US Masters, we move onto the US Open which will be taking place in June.
US Open – Oakmont Country Club – June 16th to 19th June 2016
This year’s US Open will take place at the Oakmont Country Club in Oak, this is one of the grand golf courses of the US, considered one of the best designed and most challenging golf courses in the world, so not for the faint hearted especially of the back tees!
Located just outside of Pittsburgh, the course offers lush fairways and punishing and daunting rough to contend with, plus the greens are lightning quick and with undulations that will have some of the players totally baffled by some of the breaks and contours of the greens, now you can see why the Oakmont members love the difficulty of the course and relish the opportunity to see the top players in the world do battle around its fairways – 2016 should no doubt be a no easier prospect to win the US Open this year!
Oakmont Country Club has been the host of more U.S. Opens than any other course, 2007 being the eighth occasion. A par 71 and playing to a yardage of 7,255 – so no walk in the park! Past champions at Oakmont include:
- Gene Sarazen
- Bobby Jones
- Sam Snead
- Ben Hogan
- Jack Nicklaus
The Open Championship – Royal Troon, Scotland – July 14th to 17th 2016
Here we head back to Scotland for the Open Championship for the third golf major of the year –Royal Troon on the west coast of Scotland is the host of the 145th Open Championship, this will be the ninth time the Open has been held at this old golf course which started with humble beginnings in 1878.
Off of the blue championship tees the course measures 7,208 yards or 6,591 metres playing to a par of 71 with a standard scratch of 75, the scratch score indicates just how difficult this course can play if the weather elements kick in and that will mean some serious over par scores, but if the weather is kind to the field of the world’s top golfers we could see some remarkable scores under par – but anything can happen on a summers day on the west coast of Scotland!
Some notable past Open Championship winners at Royal Troon are:
- Bobby Locke
- Arnold Palmer
- Tom Weiskopf
- Tom Watson
- Mark Calcavecchia
- Justin Leonard
- Todd Hamilton
And finally onto the last major golf tournament of the year we are heading off to the east coast of the US to Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey – with only a short break since the Open Championship!
USPGA Championship – Baltusrol Golf Club, New Jersey – July 28th to 31st July
The Baltusrol Golf Club is a private 36-hole golf club in Springfield, New Jersey, about 20 miles west of New York City. It was founded 121 years ago in 1895, so a well-established golf course and a tough venue to contend the last golf major in 2016!
A par 72 and a full 7,400 yard of tough golf playing conditions, this will surely be a test for the world’s top golfers for the 4th and final golf major of the year 2016.
Past winners at Baltusrol Golf Club include Jack Nicklaus and Lee Janzen and has hosted 7 previous US Open and one PGA Championship, so after such a long wait for another PGA the golf course and its members are looking forward to hosting the world’s top golfers and the international media to this year’s event.
I know that I have covered all the golf majors for 2016, but this year is pretty unique in the fact that we have a ‘5th’ golf major this year, and it’s called the Olympic Games in Brazil – with golf not included in the Olympic games since 1904, so well worth the wait and well worth a mention of the course, layout and dates of the tournament.
The Olympics 2016 – Golf Tournament – Olympic Dates are 5th to 21st August 2016
Though not officially named, the golf course has been called The Rio 2016 golf course, aptly named don’t you think! The tournament will be played over the normal 4 days, like any other golf tournament that is conducted in stroke play. There are only three winners, well only one really but three medals, gold, silver and bronze as with all events at the summer Olympics, the golf feature will be open to male and female who pre-qualify by July 11th, 2016.
A lot of hype has been made about this event, with a lot of golfers either for it or not, some are saying it’s the fifth golf major, the others are saying that is has ruined the 2016 golf annual calendar, with a lot of tournaments being re-arranged to accommodate the event – either way it will be a memorable event and no doubt the male and female winners will relish in winning a gold medal for their country!
That about covers this year’s major golf tournaments 2016, with a bit of a twist thrown in with the Olympics, but with the US Masters first out of the blocks we are sure going to have an action-packed golfing calendar this year.
As always I hope that you have enjoyed this article and if you have any comments or questions please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below, I will do my best to respond to your questions or comments as soon as possible.
Happy Golfing as always, keeping hitting them straight and see you on the first tee!