ASG Games is proud to announce two additions to our roster of courses, while the intention was to release both the board and PC verisons, a last minute glitch in the PC version has caused a minor delay. But we didn’t want to hold up the board versions, since they were ready to go. Both the shot-by-shot versions and the quick play versions are available for both courses.
When the PC versions are released we will offer an East Coast-West Coast U.S. Open Special.
Shinnecock Hills is located in Southampton on the Eastern end of New York’s Long Island. The links style course was built in the late 1800s, and even held the 2nd ever U.S. Open in 1896. The Open has returned 3 times since: Raymond Floyd won in 1986, Corey Pavin in 1995, and Retief Goosen in 2004. That year the course was declared the hardest Open setup in history as the players averaged over 74 strokes per round. Did we mention that par is only 70? When the Open returns again in 2018, the golfers will be looking for an easier setup for sure. Play it with a strong wind for the full U.S. Open effect and you’ll see what a stern test it can be, even though it doesn’t even reach 7,000 yards.
Our second offering is the site of the recently completed 2012 U.S. Open, The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Olympic has hosted the U.S. Open 5 times and has been the scene of 3 huge upsets of 54 hole leaders, when Jack Fleck defeated Ben Hogan, Billy Casper came from 7 shots back to defeat Arnold Palmer, and Scott Simpson defeated Tom Watson. There are very few level lies as the course is built into the side of one of San Francisco’s hills. Many of the holes have doglegs, often with the slant of the fairway going the wrong way. Its a lot of FUN to play.
We also have a little surprise new feature. This year the par 5 16th hole played at a record 670 yards. But for your 4th round you’ll be playing the forward tee at 571 yards. There’s also a forward tee for the par 3 15th, so in your 3rd round you’ll only be playing at 107 yards, instead of 154.