The Black Course is a difficult and challenging course that should be played only by low-handicap golfers. The course is for walkers only and its slope rating is one of the highest in the northeast. This was one of the last courses designed by master golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast, and is said by many to be his finest work. The Black Course served as the site of the U.S. Open Championship in 2002 and 2009. The narrow fairways, high roughs, well placed bunkers and small greens help to make this an extremely difficult course. The Black Course is closed Mondays for course maintenance except holidays.