Cherry Hills Country Club - Englewood, CO
Cherry Hills Country Club holds a special place in the history of golf. From 1938-2014, Cherry Hills has hosted the PGA Championship twice, The US Amateur twice, The US Mid Am, The US Senior Am, The US Senior Open, The US Women's Open, the BMW Championship and the US Open 3 times. That is one serious bankroll of some amazing professional golf.
While the times have changed, Cherry Hills is still able to remain a relevant and challenging place to play golf at the highest level. It is notable that at the 1960 US Open, Arnold Palmer would win $14.4 thousand and in the 2014 BMW Championship Billy Horschel would win $1.44 million. Billy's payday is roughly twice the amount that all of the other professional tournaments hosted at Cherry Hills have paid out combined.
However, Cherry Hills will forever be associated with the King of Golf, Arnold Palmer. After driving the green on the 346 yard 1st hole, he would birdie 5 of the next 6 holes, shoot a 65, and erase a 7 shot deficit en route to winning the 1960 US Open. If there is one shot that could define the career of such an amazing man, it was that driver on #1 at Cherry Hills.
During practice rounds at the 2014 BMW, players were given the challenge to drive the 1st hole with a persimmon wood and balata golf ball, just like Arnold Palmer did in 1960. None of the players were able to accomplish Arnold's feat. Long live the King!!