The Magic of Merion

Published 10:45 AM ET, Thu June 13, 2013
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The famous wicker basket flagsticks will be on full view again at the 2013 U.S. Open on the East Course at Merion. Drew Hallowell/Getty Images
The history of golf at the Merion club dates back to 1896, with the East Course being completed in 1912. CNN
Merion is regarded as one of the most picturesque courses in world golf, and this sunset view from the 10th tee takes in the ninth green with the fourth green in the background. Dave Cannon/Getty Images
Merion's trophy cabinet reflects its staging of 18 USGA events and a host of important tournaments.
Ben Hogan plays his famous one-iron approach to the final green in the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion. It is acknowledged as one of the greatest shots in golfing history and he went on to win the tournament in a playoff.
The U.S. Open trophy is paraded next to the plaque on the 18th hole which marks the point from which Hogan played his famous shot. Drew Hallowell/Getty Images
The club used by Hogan is on public display in the USGA museum, having been stolen but then found by a collector. CNN
A plaque in the clubhouse is dedicated to the course's designer, Scotsman Hugh Wilson, who was a member at Merion. CNN
A commemorative stone on the par-four 12th on the East Course marks the hole on which the great Bobby Jones completed golf's first "grand slam" in 1930 by winning the final of the U.S. Amateur. Dave Cannon/Getty Images
Players will take aim at the wicker basket targets rather than the conventional flags, making it harder to judge the wind direction.
The wicker basket flagsticks are gathered up each night by a special machine before being put out the next morning. Dave Cannon/Getty Images
Leading PGA Tour professional Rickie Fowler (left) was among the victorious American Walker Cup team which beat Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the last major event to be staged at Merion in 2009.
The legendary Lee Trevino won the U.S. Open at Merion in 1971 after beating Jack Nicklaus in a playoff. He has fond memories of the unique course. CNN
The changing room at Merion has a old-fashioned qualities, with massive metal lockers as the main feature. CNN
Players will tee off at the U.S. Open right in front of the dining patio in the clubhouse.
When the original Merion club was founded in 1865, it was used for the traditional British sport of cricket. CNN