Top 100 Up Close: Plainfield Country Club

The sixth at Plainfield, No. 65 on our Top 100 Courses in the U.S.
Mike Klemme

Classic Donald Ross designs—most notably Pinehurst No. 2—typically favor precision over power. But Plainfield Country Club, which opened in 1921, is indelibly linked with two big hitters. Unknown Brit Laura Davies parlayed booming drives and towering irons into her first major win at the 1987 U.S. Women's Open at Plainfield. So who is the other long hitter? Club member Bobby Thomson, the New York Giants baseball legend who hit the "Shot heard 'round the world," a ninth-inning blast that sent his team to the 1951 World Series. Home-run power won't hurt you at Plainfield, but touch and imagination on the fiendishly contoured greens will serve you better.

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