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Don’t Miss the U.S. Open


The 117th U.S. Open will be played June 15–18 at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin. It will be the first U.S. Open to be played in the state of Wisconsin, although it is the state’s fifth major golf championship. The U.S. Open will have a purse of over $12 million, making it the first major championship where the winner’s share exceeds $2 million. 

The U.S. Open

If watching the U.S. Open gives you a case of golf fever, you may want to head out to the course and try a round for yourself. Before you do, though, you’ll need some key equipment. Golf isn’t cheap, but most players will tell you that it’s well worth the investment. 

Here’s a look at the basic gear you will need to try your hand at golf: 

  • Golf clubs – This is where every golfer begins. You can purchase a full set of clubs, which may be new or used. The set should include a driver, two or three woods, a number of irons, a pitching or sand wedge, and a putter. As you progress in your game, you can purchase other clubs individually. 
  • Golf balls – You will want to start with a box or two of golf balls. It pays to have extra; new golfers tend to lose quite a few balls on their first outing to the links. There are many different kinds of golf balls. Some are designed to help improve the golfer’s accuracy and others claim to increase driving distance. 
  • Golf tees – Every hole has a tee box so plan to bring tees along. Tees come in varying lengths and are made of different materials. 
  • Golf bag – Use your bag to store your clubs, golf balls, and tees. Golf bags range from no-frills, low-cost bags to intricate, high-end bags with all kinds of custom pockets. 
  • Golf shoes – Rubber-cleated shoes are important – especially for novice golfers. Buy a comfortable pair because playing golf entails a lot of walking. An ill-fitting pair will leave your feet sore at the end of a round. 

You may want to start by renting equipment. If you become passionate about the sport, as many people do, you can begin investing in your own gear.