By Tim Bannon
The venerable Oakmont Country Club, host to this week's U.S. Open, is considered one of the most challenging golf courses in the world.
It's also the only one with the Pennsylvania Turnpike slicing right through it.
When it opened in 1904 in western Pennsylvania, a railroad cut across the property. Years later, the turnpike was built on the railroad line, and now holes one and nine through 18 are on the west side of the highway and holes two through eight are on the east side.
"It's a unique feature in that it's there," Tom Marzlof, a senior design associate with Fazio Designs, a golf course design company, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
This is the ninth time Oakmont has hosted the U.S. Open, more than any other course in the country.
And it's not the only course with a major road running through it. Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia, where the 2013 U.S. Open was held, is split by two-lane Ardmore Avenue.
But this is no mere avenue. The 550-mile-long Pennsylvania Turnpike averages approximately 42,000 vehiles a day.
"It's really difficult to even tell there's a highway there when you're up on the golf course," Mike Houser, an engineer project manager for the Turnpike, told the Post-Gazette. "That's never been an issue, never been a discussion and never been a problem as far as we know."
The two sides are now connected by a walking bridge. In 2003, Oakmont built a new pedestrian bridge meant to ease crowd congestion.
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