The US Open will return to Pinehurst No. 2 for the third time in 15 years in less than 50 days and it is going to be one of the most brutal tests of length ever at an Open.
Purely in terms of yardage it will be the third longest US Open ever at 7,562 yards, trailing only Congressional in 2011 and Torrey Pines in 2008.
But Pinehurst is a par 70 which means its yardage per stroke to par is even longer. Here's a look at the five longest in US Open history (yards/strokes to par):
2014 (Pinehurst No. 2): 108.0 yards
2008 (Torrey Pines): 107.6 yards
2011 (Congressional): 106.7 yards
2009 (Bethpage): 106.1 yards
2006 (Winged Foot): 103.8 yards
For context, in 1999 Pinehurst played at 102.5 yards per stroke and in 2005 it played 103.1 yards.
This thing is going to be a monstrous thing.
There are four par-4s over 500 yards, one of them is 528 yards which will be the longest par-4 in US Open history.
One par-5 is 617 yards. The par-3s are a joy as well. Three of the four are over 200 yards.
The cut at this tournament on this course in 2005 was nine over and that will likely be approached again this year, if not exceeded.
That's bad news if you like scoring, because there won't be much of it come June.