The view from the 11th hole of the Merion Golf Club has not changed substantially in nearly a century: Cobbs Creek chuckles and bubbles over smooth, buffed stones around three sides of the lima-bean-shaped green, and a deep, unforgiving bunker looms just to the left.

“If Bobby Jones came back here today, he would recognize every hole – especially this one,” says Matt Shaffer, whose title is director of golf course operations and whose job is maintaining one of the world’s most historic athletic venues.

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