Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pa., is one of the best courses anywhere.

Fans had their chance to find out just how great it is in 2005 when the U.S. Amateur came to town. They will get another photo-op in 2013, when the U.S. Open returns for the first time in 42 years.

But next year, the place where Bobby Jones completed a grand slam in 1930 and Ben Hogan completed his comeback from a near-fatal automobile accident in 1950 will host its first Walker Cup.

The biennial competition matches top amateurs from this country against their counterparts from Great Britain and Ireland. The 42nd edition will be held Sept. 12-13. Merion's own Buddy Marucci is the U.S. captain, as he was a year ago when the Americans won at Royal County Down.

Merion will be able to accommodate 10,000 spectators daily.

"I cannot express enough just how important it is to have friendly faces in the crowd," Marucci has said. "To be successful, we will need all the support we can get."

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