First holeFirst Hole

415 metres, par 4

An early birdie chance on this dogleg left – but players better not be too brash. The fairway is guarded by trees on the left and bunkers on the right, so pulling out the driver may be a risky move. Approach shots to the green must stay below the hole.




Second holeSecond Hole

468 metres, par 4

A brute of a second hole! Any miscued tee shots will find either the soft, sandy landing of a bunker or the thick, heavy rough of the tree line – and the green is no gimmie either. Surrounded by sand, the dance floor slopes away underfoot and hole locations are often conjured by a devious mind. Par is a very respectable score.


 

Third holeThird Hole

434 metres, par 4

Another par saver’s paradise. Wind is no friend on this long, demanding hole. The tee shot is critical – gaping bunkers on the right will ruin any good score. A mid-iron shot should get the ball tee-to-green in two, but beware the slippery putting surface. One of the most difficult holes on the front nine.



Fourth holeFourth Hole

200 metres, par 3

A nightmare for any golfer – especially if the wind decides to join the party. Water surrounds the long, narrow green and players will need a telepathic understanding with their club to survive a watery grave. A fast green will not help the confidence either.

 

Fifth holeFifth Hole

517 metres, par 5

The bombers in the field will be licking their lips with only the big hitters having a realistic chance of reaching the green in two. Bunkers will play a major role in deciding how to approach the hole, but a birdie is there for the taking.




Sixth holeSixth Hole

389 metres, par 4

This hole is going to raise the age-old question of ‘should I or shouldn’t I?’ If the tee is pushed back, a lay-up in front of the left-side pond should do just nicely. But if the tee is pushed forward - the green, the hole and every hazard in between comes into play with just one shot. Big risk, but even greater reward.


 


Seventh holeSeventh Hole

168 metres, par 3

Accuracy is the name of the game. A solid, mid-iron tee shot should do the trick, but if anything goes wrong – putting from the wrong location could be perilous on this undulating green. And forget the pond in front, but not the monster bunker.


 

Eighth holeEighth Hole

427 metres, par 4

Water, length, hazards and a scary green - this hole has it all! The perfect shot is over the water and to the left of the fairway, but that’s easier said then done. The second shot has its problems as well. Nobody wants to miss the green long or leave their ball high of the hole. A spectacular, but dangerous hole.


 

Ninth holeNinth Hole

390 metres, par 4

A strong birdie chance to finish the front nine. Bunkers will come into play down the fairway, so a safety first drive off the tee is a wise choice. The green slopes from front to back but a well placed approach shot should be rewarded handsomely.

 

Tenth holeTenth Hole

404 metres, par 4

A dogleg right to start the back nine. Bunkers will gobble anything left off the tee but most players will be able to position themselves for a short iron into the green. Players will want to avoid hitting long or left with their approach to the green, but won’t forget about the large bunker sitting on the front.


Eleventh holeEleventh Hole

418 metres, par 4

Placement is critical off the tee on this dogleg left. The overly ambitious might take on the bunkers, but ruin and misfortune will befall them. However, safe and right will add some distance for the approach into the green. The second shot is a test of nerve and steel with bunkers and a large pond awaiting an error in judgment. Don’t expect birdies galore.


Twelfth holeTwelfth Hole

504 metres, par 5

A tale of two shots. The big hitters will want to take advantage of the elevated tee, while the rest will look for position. The second shot is the problem – anything right and short of the hole will find the lake. A lay-up before the green will be the order of the day, but after a 275-metre drive – how can they resist?  An eagle is there for the taking.


Thirteenth holeThirteenth Hole

340 metres, par 4

The mantra for this hole is control, control and more control. Trees line the fairway like a fortress and a wayward tee shot will leave no escape route. The elevated, contoured green is well protected by a series of bunkers and only a pinpoint laser approach will open a birdie chance.
 

Fourteenth holeFourteenth Hole

428 metres, par 4

A poor tee shot will kill a launch up the leaderboard on this dogleg right. Bunkers guard both the left and right hand side of the fairway and distance control is necessary. A short-iron should be enough to get onto the green, but beware the green-eyed monster. Slick, steep and devious – putting will be an adventure.


Fifteenth holeFifteenth Hole

238 metres, par 3

‘Don’t hit right!’ Those words will reverberate between the ears of the competitors heading into this monster par 3. Any shot flirting with a bad line will surely sink to the bottom of the moat guarding the entire right-side and back of the green. Middle of the green is the only option – but tell that to the chasing pack.

 

Sixteenth holeSixteenth Hole

435 metres, par 4

The home stretch begins with this tough, uphill par 4. The tee shot is critical – get it wrong and forget about a birdie chance. However, hitting the fairway doesn’t leave an easy approach. Blind and uphill, players will have to trust gut instinct to land the ball even remotely close to the hole.

 

Seventeenth HoleSeventeenth Hole

189 metres, par 3

Beauty to take your breath away – and a couple of shots. Player hit over an inland sea to a green well protected by bunkers. The temptation is to hit long, but the green will suck any hole-high putts back towards the water’s edge. The modest golfer would take par – but with the PGA Championship on the line, will glory tempt better judgment?



Eighteenth holeEighteenth Hole

464 metres, par 4

This is not a finishing hole for the faint-hearted. A draw off the tee is essential on this dogleg left – anything right may not reach the green in two. Length and water will trouble many with their approach to the green, as will the bunker-protected, undulating green. Closing out the Championship is always difficult, but throw in this hole’s layout and it will quickly become a nightmare.

 
 
 
 

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