PAR AND YARDAGE – Hazeltine National Golf Club will play at 7,473 yards and par 36-36—72. The Chaska Town Course, which will be used for the first two days of stroke play, will play at 6,753 yards and par 35-36– 71.
HAZELTINE NATIONAL GOLF CLUB – Robert Trent Jones designed Hazeltine National, which opened in 1962. Arthur Hills designed the Chaska Town Course, which opened in 1997.
TICKETS AVAILABLE – Tickets can be purchased by calling the U.S. Amateur office at (952) 556-5441. Daily tickets are $15 and $60 for a weekly pass. More extensive ticket options are also available. Children 17 and under are admitted free if accompanied by a paying adult.
COURSE SET-UP – Hazeltine National will be set for green speeds of approximately 11-feet 6 inches on the Stimpmeter. The primary rough will be grown to four inches, with a strip of intermediate rough cut to 1½ inches in height. Bent grass covers both the fairways and greens.
SLOPE AND COURSE RATINGS – Hazeltine National will carry a USGA Course Rating™ of 77.8 and a Slope Rating® of 155. The Chaska Town Course will carry a USGA Course Rating™ of 73.4 and a Slope Rating® of 143. An "average" Slope Rating in the U.S. is about 113.
TOP RETURNING PLAYERS – Quarterfinalists from 2005 are fully exempt from having to qualify for the 2006 championship. Those exempt and entered (5) are Austin Eaton of North Sutton, N.H., Anthony Kim of La Quinta, Calif., Mark Leon of Canada, Dawie van der Walt of Beaumont, Texas (South Africa) and Ryan Yip of Canada.
TELEVISION COVERAGE – The U.S. Amateur will have 10 hours of national coverage on The Golf Channel and NBC over the last five days of the Championship.
The Golf Channel
First Round Matches – Wed. (Aug. 23), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)
Third Round Matches – Thurs. (Aug. 24), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)
Quarterfinal Matches – Fri. (Aug. 25), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)
Semifinal Matches – Sat. (Aug. 26), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)
Championship Match – Sun. (Aug. 27), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)