PGA CHAMPIONSHIP '13: A hole-by-hole look at Oak Hill Country Club
PITTSFORD, N.Y. – A hole-by-hole look at the East Course of Oak Hill Country Club, site of the 95th PGA Championship on Aug. 8-11:
No. 1, 460 yards, par 4: A good drive will shorten this hole because of the slope at about the 260-yard mark. That would leave a short iron at most into a fairly large green. There is out-of-bounds to the right and trees on the both sides of the fairway.
No. 2, 401 yards, par 4: A long iron off the tee will keep the ball short of deep bunkers on both sides of the fairway. Approach shots will need to stay below the hole, although a bunker guards the right front section of the green. The putting surface is quick from behind the hole.
No. 3, 214 yards, par 3: Deep bunkers guard both sides of this small green, and the worst miss is long and right. This usually ranks as one of the toughest holes at Oak Hill.
No. 4, 570 yards, par 5: This typically is the best birdie chance at Oak Hill, yielding about 50 percent more birdies than any other hole. It is reachable in two by the majority of players. The key is a big drive that moves left-to-right over a pair of deep fairway bunkers, with out-of-bounds on the right. Anything in the bunker will leave 160 yards for a third shot. The only difficult hole location is on a narrow knob in the back center.
No. 5, 428 yards, par 4: The tee shot must travel through a chute of trees for 215 yards, and then avoid a creek that winds into the landing area at the 250-yard mark. The left side features heavy rough. A good drive will leave a short iron into a green fronted by the same creek. The likely will be more bogeys than birdies on this hole.
No. 6, 175 yards, par 3: Four players made a hole-in-one during the first 90 minutes of the 1989 U.S. Open, and two players made an ace during the Ryder Cup in 1995. The green has a deep bunker on the right side and a creek that winds around the green on the left and front. Back right is the toughest hole location.
No. 7, 461 yards, par 4: This is one of the tightest driving areas with a fairway width of about 22 yards. A creek on the right side comes close to the fairway. A strong tee shot will leave a mid-iron to short iron into one of the smallest greens on the course.
No. 8, 428 yards, par 4: This is a straight hole, with fairway bunkers on the left side so deep that players might not be able to reach the green. Trees loom on the right side of the fairway. The green is relatively large, offering some interesting hole locations, especially back right.
No. 9, 452 yards, par 4: An uphill, dogleg right that has rough so deep on the right side that the only option might be to chip back out to the fairway. The left side slopes away, kicking drives into rough. The fairway is 25 yards wide and looks much narrower. The approach is uphill to a green that is smaller in the back.
No. 10, 429 yards, par 4: This downhill hole plays shorter than its yardage, so expect players to hit iron off the tee because a small green requires approach shots to be struck from the fairway. Slopes in the fairway make the landing area tighter than it looks, especially with a bunker on the left and a creek on the right. The green has a small slope in the middle that makes it tough to get close to the hole.
No. 11, 226 yards, par 3: A creek winds to the right of the green, which is surrounded by bunkers. A traditional left-to-right wind will make it tough to get it close on some days.
No. 12, 372 yards, par 4: A subtle downhill slope that might tempt some players to hit drive. Trees guard both sides of the fairway. The smart play is a long iron off the tee, followed by a wedge or short iron.
No. 13, 598 yards, par 5: This is a difficult par 5 to reach in two, though the long hitters might be able to run their second shots onto the green. The drive should be kept short of the creek that bisects the fairway at 300 yards. The creek meanders down the right side, and fairway bunkers right and trees to the left make the layup no picnic. The approach should be kept below the hole because green is quick from back to front.
No. 14, 323 yards, par 4: A short par 4 will tempt some players to go for the green. Most players will opt for a long iron to get in the fairway for a second shot that is uphill to a two-tiered green.
No. 15, 181 yards, par 3: Downhill tee shot to a narrow green. The biggest fear is water on the right side, especially when the wind blows in that direction. Two bunkers guard the left side. Fans will be able to vote online on four options for the hole location for the final round.
No. 16, 439 yards, par 4: Most players can carry their tee shots far enough to catch a slope and pick up an additional 30 yards. The fairway is narrow in the landing area, with a slope on the left that kicks most balls into the deep rough. The green is guarded by a bunker to the right.
No. 17, 509 yards, par 4: Oak Hill packs a powerful punch at the end, starting with this dogleg right that must hug the right side to avoid running through into the rough on the left side. Heavy rough and pine trees guard the left side, and trees line the right side. The approach is to an undulating green that makes it difficult to get close to the hole. This hole traditionally yields the fewest number of birdies. The hole measures 14 yards longer than in 2003.
No. 18, 497 yards, par 4: A new tee adds 15 yards to this classic finishing hole, which requires a left-to-right tee shot. There are deep bunkers on the right, and hills and trees to the left, and it's difficult to hit the elevated green without being in the fairway. The green is set right at the base of a very steep hill, so anything short will not make it up the slope. The green is wide, but shallow. Shaun Micheel hit 7-iron to 2 inches for birdie to wrap up the 2003 PGA title. Nick Faldo got up-and-down for par to help Europe win the Ryder Cup in 1995.