2017 U.S. Open Preview

Like Chambers Bay in 2015, Erin Hills is a first-time U.S. Open venue and a relative unknown to the pros as it has little tournament history. It hosted a U.S. Amateur in 2011 as a preparation for the Open.

The heavily bunkered, tree-less course, which opened in 2006, by description sounds comparable to Oakmont, last year’s U.S. Open venue, where Dustin Johnson’s length and short-game prowess powered him to a break through major championship.

That win catapulted Johnson to the most dominant stretch of his career and the world No. 1 ranking. That momentum was stalled at the Masters after a freak fall caused him to withdraw with a back injury. Can he return to form on a course that will play to his strengths – namely length? Or will another big bomber raise the trophy?

Today we start to find out. Here’s a look at the leading storylines heading into the first U.S. Open ever in the state of Wisconsin.

The Unknown

The knowns are these: the rough is thick and the course is long, because that’s what a traditional U.S. Open setup is. But practically everything else about the longest course in U.S. Open history (7,741 yards) remains a mystery.

The pros will be using their practice rounds to get used to the new layout and particularly its treacherous bunkers, of which there are three types, the nuances of its rolling terrain and the sight lines for a number of blind semi-blind approaches.

The course is such an unknown that ESPN golf analyst Andy North, a Wisconsin native, gave a 30-shot range for predicting the winning score.

“We really don’t know if it’s going to be closer to 15-over or 15-under,” he said.

Of note: the last major played in Wisconsin, the 2015 PGA at Whistling Straits, saw Jason Day post a major championship scoring record of 20-under.

Will someone solve Erin Hills and go on a similar birdie binge or will it be a week that sees a barrage of bogeys? We seem to have a true wildcard course on our hands, but there’s no such mystery about the favorite: It’s Dustin Johnson.

A Double For D.J.?

There hasn’t been repeat champion at the U.S Open since Curtis Strange defended in 1989. Will the 117th Open see Johnson snap that streak?

The fairways are reportedly twice as wide as the ones Johnson dominated at Oakmont a year ago, so the set-up is friendly to his prodigious length, but it’s his improved wedge and short game that has really been the game changer for his 2017 dominance.

Johnson, however, hasn’t seemed to have quite the same sharpness since returning to competition after the Masters. He missed the cut at his last event (the Memorial), but some analysts viewed that as a blessing in disguise because it allowed him to get a head start on his Open preparation.

We’ll soon see if that extra preparation pays off and Johnson can reclaim the dominating form he had going into the Masters, before which he had reeled off three straight victories.

If D.J. is right, are you betting against him? His putting has improved as well this year and he’s part of a Tour trend.

How They Roll

Rory McIlroy is the latest to add a mallet putter to his bag in a last-minute equipment change this week. The mallet is becoming the preferred style on Tour. Putting is always key, but a hot putter could really get on a roll this week due to the impeccable course conditions.

Erin Hills has been closed since October to ensure premium conditions for the Open, especially on the greens, which, unlike Chambers Bay, are yielding compliments from the pros. The pros who figure out the greens the fastest could gain an early edge. Martin Kaymer solved Pinehurst once by putting from off the greens. That option isn’t available this week, but steady putting will still be crucial.

Who will wield the magic wand that will lead to victory this week? Will it be a past major winner or a championship newcomer like it has been in the previous six majors?

Break On Through, Part 7?

Sergio Garcia’s win at the Masters pushed the streak of first-time major winners to six. Can another first-timer get hot and continue the streak? Rickie Fowler? John Rahm? Justin Thomas?

Understandably, the Tour’s top bombers dominate the list of favorites. Will one of them prevail if D.J. can’t recapture his A game? If bogeys abound, it could turn into a real scramble (think British Open) and the bounces could favor another first-timer.

But if U.S. Open experience prevails …

Can recent history repeat?

Before D.J., the previous three U.S. Open winners were Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose. Rory McIlroy is also a past champion and the holder of the Open scoring record, 16-under in 2011.

Rose is on something akin to a major hot streak of his own. He finished runner-up to Garcia at Augusta and previously won the gold medal in the Rio Olympics playing under course conditions that sound a bit similar to what he’ll be facing this week at Erin Hills. GolfWeek actually has Rose listed as its No. 2 pick behind D.J. and ahead of Jason Day to raise the trophy this week (that’s a TaylorMade trio, by the way) and then rounds out its top five with Spieth and McIlroy.

Will one of the favorites prevail or will major-victory rookies resume their rise at the majors? We’ll start to get some clues when the major fun begins on Thurs.

Join us to watch the tournament unfold in O’Neill’s Bar and Grill. And, since you’re coming to Arroyo Trabuco anyways, might as well play a round of golf…

Please Support Us As Best Of OC

We always appreciate the support of our members and patrons and are asking for it in the Orange County Register’s Best of OC 2017.

Voting has begun and runs through June 2nd. We’d particularly appreciate your votes for Best Golf Course, Sunday Brunch, and BBQ. There may be another category or two where you see as a candidate, please vote away.

The contest is a win-win. You can support us and get a chance to win $100! If you vote in 10 categories or more, you’re entered into a drawing for the prize, which will be awarded to five lucky winners.

Follow the link to vote: voteocbest.ocregister.com

Thank you for your patronage and for taking the time to vote us Best of OC!

How We Roll In 2017: Check Out Our New Golf Carts!

One of many reasons to get excited about the 2017 golf season at Arroyo Trabuco? New golf carts!

We’ve updated our entire fleet of 96 and they’ve already hosted many happy riders in the new year.

Highlights of the upgraded carts:

  • Upgraded GPS with vibrant colors and a touch screen to help you accurately gauge yardages
  • USB ports
  • Coolers

Arroyo Trabuco Club Manager/Director of Golf Geoff Cram said the new carts have received an enthusiastic response from golfers.

“The GPS is greatly upgraded and the coolers will allow people to carry cold water on hot days and they think that’s great,” he said. “(The new carts) just make for an overall improved playing experience.”

The new carts are also a boon to the course staff. They can be monitored and controlled remotely to assist with pace of play, but also from a maintenance perspective, the staff can identify issues such as a battery not fully charging.

“We can troubleshoot issues before they even happen, which benefits everybody,” he said.

Come check out the new carts during your next round with us! We hope to see you soon!

Arroyo Trabuco Cooler Special

Grab Your Cooler And Let Us Fill It For You!

Do you get the munchies during your round? We’ve got the cure!

O’Neill’s is offering a cooler special. Bring your cooler to the snack bar and we’ll fill it for you with two beers, a sandwich, chips, candy and a water – for $16!

Make sure to come see us to fill up and fuel up before your next round!

Classes into the Summer with South County Golf Academy

South County Golf Academy

As the weather gets warmer, it is time to knock off the rust from your game! We wanted to make you aware of the latest events happening at South County Golf Academy, that can help with that. They have some great classes starting up for all ages!

Golf Fundamentals

For adults, their “Golf Fundamentals” class starts March 10th at 1:00 PM

It will run every Friday for 4 weeks, and end on Friday, March 31st.

This class allows you to learn the fundamentals of a great swing, as well as learn the proper muscles involved in creating a great swing. This will allow you to learn the game faster, more efficiently, and pain free!

Golf Fundamentals

Beginner Course Management

If you have your swing fundamentals already dialed in and are looking to take your golf game to the next level, they also offer a “Beginner Course Management” class starting on Thursday June 1st at 5:00 PM. It will run every Thursday for 4 weeks, and end on Thursday June 22nd.

This class allows you to play different shots on the course, learn rulings and etiquette, as well as dial in your swing mechanics.

Beginner Course Management

Junior Golfers

For juniors, South County Golf Academy also offers a great series of developmentally sound classes that fit the specific level and needs of any junior ages 3-17.

Year-Round Level Classes Summer Camp Options

 

For any questions, feel free to contact Jentry, at 858-395-9773 or coachjentry@scgolfacademy.com!

Become A Member at Arroyo Trabuco

We have opened up membership for the 2017 Member’s Club. And, you don’t have to wait for all your perks to kick in.

Sign up now for maximum savings. Your benefits kick in as soon as you sign up and last all the way through December 2017.

The Member’s Club is a chance for us to reward our loyal golfers. The program unlocks access to numerous benefits, discounts, and all our best offers.

2017 Member Club – $199 Annually

MEMBER RATES*

REGULAR

MEMBER

MEMBER-GUEST

PRIME TIME
MON-THURS $75 $62 $70
FRIDAY $90 $73 $80
SENIOR FRIDAY (Before 10am) N/A $68 $75
WEEKEND/HOLIDAY $105 $93 $100
TWILIGHT
MON-THURS $60 $50 $58
FRIDAY $65 $55 $63
WEEKEND/HOLIDAY $75 $65 $73
SUPER TWILIGHT
MON-THURS $45 $40 $45
FRIDAY $45 $40 $45
WEEKEND/HOLIDAY $50 $40 $45

*Rates subject to change

Additional Benefits:

  • Up to three (3) guests play at a discounted guest rate
  • Daily discounts on green fees
  • Twilight & Super Twilight start 1-hour early
  • FREE End of the year tournament for qualifiers (top 24)
  • A complimentary Twilight round of golf(any day)

Plus member only events, a $50 range card, advanced tee times, discounts on food and in the golf shop, an optional SCGA/GHIN membership add-on and more. Find out about all the benefits, click the button below.

Family Program – $109 (add-on)

We love families who golf together. We hope you will share your love of golf with your children so they can experience the benefits and joys of golf for their lifetime. That’s why we created the family program. Get all the same benefits as the Player Program and then some. Find out more, click the button.

If you were a member last year, you can renew your Membership for just $169.

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Golf and Save at Arroyo Trabuco on Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday Golf Discount at Arroyo Trabuco

Don’t sit behind a computer all day on Cyber Monday . . . Come play golf at Arroyo Trabuco instead.

Non-members save $10 when you book online or through our mobile app and members save $7 when you book your tee time on Monday before 11am.

Non-Members pay $65 (Normally $75).

Members pay $55 (Normally $62).

Book a tee time using the Promo Code: CyberMonday

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If you have any questions or experience any technical difficulties, please contact our golf shop at (949) 305-5100.