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‘Hidden gem’ Longue Vue Membership gears as much as co-host U.S. Beginner

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Saturday, July 17, 2021 | 4:54 PM


Nestled excessive above the Allegheny River Valley in Verona and on the border of Penn Hills is a difficult golf course that’s comparatively unknown.

“A hidden gem” is how president David Gilpatrick described Longue Vue Membership, which, when in-built 1920, was often called because the “Millionaires Membership.” The course will rejoice its one hundredth 12 months Labor Day weekend.

The hanging clubhouse, which is stuffed with historic memorabilia, was constructed with stone from a quarry a mile-and-a-half away. And the course is greater than difficult.

“Longue Vue has one of the crucial distinctive clubhouses within the state and possibly the nation,” former Longue Vue member Sean Knapp mentioned. “The course is manicured effectively, and the greens are horrifying.

“It’s troublesome to navigate across the course in case you don’t put your ball in the fitting locations. I don’t care how good your brief sport is. It’s an awesome take a look at, and you must be affected person.”

Longue Vue, together with Oakmont Nation Membership, is co-hosting the 121st United States Golf Affiliation’s Beginner Championship. Oakmont and Longue Vue would be the venues for stroke play competitors Aug. 9 and 10. The programs are 6 miles aside.

Knapp, one of many gamers within the discipline of 312, was a member at Longue Vue for 20 years.

A bunch of distinguished businessmen created a retreat the place household and buddies might get pleasure from themselves.

In 1922, Robert White, the primary PGA president, was commissioned to construct the course. White was born in 1874 in St. Andrews, Scotland, and immigrated to the USA. He constructed the course, and, in 1935, legendary golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast renovated it.

“We’re extraordinarily glad that Oakmont requested us to co-host,” Gilpatrick mentioned. “We’ve labored effectively with them up to now, and we’re excited to point out off our course. I imagine the gamers will discover the course very difficult.”

Like Oakmont, Longue Vue cleared a number of bushes on the property to open up the format.

The course is 6,720 yards lengthy and performs at par 70. And never solely is the course in excellent form, the golfers can have some spectacular views of the Allegheny River Valley.

“On No. 2, you’ll be able to look in the direction of Aspinwall, Etna and Sharpsburg,” Gilpatrick mentioned. On No. 15 inexperienced, you’ll be able to look again up the valley and see Verona and the Hulton Bridge in Oakmont.”

And despite the fact that the course sits on high of a hill overlooking the valley, it’s a comparatively simple course to stroll.

The entrance 9 options two troublesome par 3’s (Nos. 3 and 5) and a troublesome par 5 (No. 4). The again 9 has three par 3’s and a few prolonged par 4’s. The slope ranking from the championship tees is 14.

“Oakmont likes the deep roughs and quick greens,” Gilpatrick mentioned. “We will present the identical. I do know we get on our superintendent (Corbin Blier) when the greens aren’t quick sufficient.”

The course’s delicate greens are quick, and the quite a few bunkers positioned strategically across the course make golfers use a number of golf equipment to avoid hassle.

Longue Vue has held two earlier USGA occasions: the Women Championship in 1966 and the Girls’s Beginner qualifier in 1993.

It additionally has hosted quite a few Tri-State Part PGA, Western Pennsylvania Golf Affiliation and Pennsylvania Golf Affiliation occasions.

However the U.S. Beginner shall be Longue Vue’s largest occasion thus far.

“We will’t wait to work with the USGA,” Gilpatrick mentioned. “Hopefully, it would result in greater issues. The largest factor, we wish to placed on a spectacular occasion.”

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Assessment Workers Author. You’ll be able to contact Paul by electronic mail at pschofield@triblive.com or through Twitter .

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