I can't wait to spend all weekend watching the U.S. Open. It's such a great tournament.
Here's a nice article on the history of the Open.
My buddy and I play it every year. Played the Black the Sunday after the open in 2002. Toughest course we have ever played. Keep going back every year. Drive from Ohio and camp out in the parking lot.
played the tips and it kicked my ass, but if your going to play the Black you have to play from the tips. Grnds crew didn't care if you were in the middle of your swing, they where doing there cutting