Like many great sporting events, the US Open can often encourage a spurt of activity on golf courses around the world. As fans from every corner of the globe enjoy watching this prestigious major tournament, they then look to emulate the leading professionals at their local courses.
2020 US Open Favourites
Welcome to Winged Foot.
It’s U.S. Open week! ⛳️ 🏆 pic.twitter.com/cvkxkmtWCS
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 14, 2020
This year the competition promises to be fierce amongst the leading contenders to win the US Open, which takes place between 17th and 20th September at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. Unsurprisingly, given it’s one of the highlights of the United States sporting calendar, American golfers have dominated the competition over the last five years.
Aiming to continue that trend, 2016 champion Dustin Johnson is the early US Open golf betting favourite at 15/2 odds. Meanwhile, Johnson’s compatriot, Justin Thomas, is tipped at 12/1 odds to challenge at the top of the leaderboard. However, the top golfers from elsewhere are just as keen to stake their claim, especially those from Europe.
Always popular with British golfing fans, Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland is priced as a 14/1 shot for the US Open, while arguably the strongest European contender is likely to be Jon Rahm at 9/1 odds. The Spaniard has been in superb form this year and has only recently slipped off top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Golfing Around Brighton and Hove
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— ⛳️East Brighton GC⛳️ (@EastBrightonGC) May 7, 2020
If there’s one thing our part of Sussex doesn’t lack, it’s a great selection of golf courses to choose from. Due to its proximity along the shoreline and stunning views across the sea, East Brighton Golf Club is almost always positively reviewed at Tripadvisor, although this links course can get tricky if a coastal wind starts blowing.
Just to the north of town and owned by the local council, Hollingbury Park Golf Course could be set for more investment and improvements, with the lease for this venue having changed hands recently. However, this came at the expense of Waterhall Golf Club, which has now closed, with plans to re-wild the land and return it to nature.
Just to the north of town and as the suburbs give way to greenery, there’s West Hove Golf Club and right alongside, it’s neighbour Brighton and Hove Golf Club. Meanwhile, adjacent to the picturesque Devil’s Dyke National Trust land, The Dyke Golf Club, boasts magnificent panoramic views across the surrounding area.
Practice Makes Perfect
Given there’s such an excellent selection of golf courses to choose from, the sport continues to remain a popular pastime for both locals and visitors around the Brighton and Hove area. Who knows, up and coming stars of the future may well emerge from within our midst, before getting the opportunity to play at future US Open golf tournaments themselves.
It’s a nice dream and one that any budding young golfer can aspire towards.