Course stats: 7,025 yards, par 71; 73.4 rating/139 slope from black tees; Bent grass
Course info: New carts, driveway, maintenance shed and equipment, and refurbished bunkers since new ownership took over last fall
Of note: Great Bear is not like many other courses in the Poconos. It doesn't have holes that climb up or down mountains. But it is not a walkable course, thanks to several long treks from one green to the next tee. There are no parallel holes in the 18-hole design.
Golf pro: Matt McKeon
Superintendent: Keith Snyder
General manager: Rob Howell
FIVE DAYS TO MERION
The U.S. Open returns to Merion Golf Club next week, continuing the club's rich history of USGA championships. As the countdown to Merion continues, we take a look back at some of the great moments.
1981 U.S. OPEN
Merion's last U.S. Open belonged to David Graham, who became the first Australian to win the championship. Graham won at 7-under par on the 6,544-yard course, the shortest to host a U.S. Open since 1947.
With rain softening Merion, players took advantage: A total of 93 shot even-par or better. Graham shot a 3-under 67 in the final round, missing just one fairway. Ben Crenshaw shot the week's low round of 64, still tied for the course record.