To prepare for a round at Oakmont the best practice is to spend some time rolling putts on a glass-top table . . . seriously. World renowned for for their lightning fast greens, it is rumored that when the U.S. Open comes to Oakmont that the USGA actually slows the greens down from normal member play speeds. In addition to their performance on the greens, a player’s success at Oakmont will often be defined by their ability to avoid the numerous deep and penal bunkers found around the course, especially the unique “church pews”.
Local Knowledge: The type of Poa annua turf found on Oakmont’s infamously perfect greens is an unusual combination containing several different strains of what is technically a weed. The turf grass school at Penn State tried for decades to clone the unique turf, but to date has been unsuccessful and Oakmont continues to be the only golf course with this exact strain of Poa annua.