11 Jun '13, 11pm

wicker baskets

wicker baskets

ARDMORE, Pa. -- Several generations of golfers will be introduced to Merion Golf Club as it hosts the U.S. Open for the first time in 32 years. Granted, most fans have seen the iconic photo of Ben Hogan launching that 1-iron down the 18th fairway. But not everyone has noticed the wicker baskets perched atop the heavy metal flagsticks. The baskets, which are shaped like an egg and painted bright red, are unique in this modern era but can be traced to the 1850s. An article in the Evening Public Ledger in 1915, two years after Merion opened, first mentioned the unusual adornment. “Instead of the usual flags, which, when a head wind is blowing are invisible, wooden pins, with alternate stripes of black and white, and large, wicker, pear-shaped tops, are used. On the out holes the tops are red, on the in holes yellow, and they can be seen for a mile." No one seems to know exact...

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