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PGA Championship 2013: A Course Guide To Oak Hill Part Two
We continue our Oak Hill course countdown...
Hole 10: 429 yards, Par 4
A beautiful downhill hole that requires accurate driving. Some players will lay-up off the tee with a fairway wood or long iron. Because the green is small, hitting from the fairway is a must to control the ball on the second shot. This is another hole where the slopes in the fairway make the tee shot much tighter than normal. A bunker on the left protects this side of the hole and trees and a creek protect the right. The green has a small slope in the middle that makes it difficult to get close to the hole on the second shot. A very sneaky hole that lots of golfers may find harrowing to tame.
Hole 11: 226 yards, Par 3
Traditionally one of the easier holes on the course, this par 3 has been made a whole lot more difficult with the addition of 30 more yards! This will be a long-iron tee shot hit to a fairly receptive target. The traditional left-to-right wind will make some hole locations play especially difficult, so good weather will be on the players’ minds. A creek winds its way to the right of the green and some balls will find it. The green is surrounded by bunkers but they are not terribly penal and quite manageable.
Hole 12: 372 yards, Par 4
This green cannot be driven, but some golfers may still feel an urge to test it anyhow. A subtle downhill slope in the fairway with a long hitter can get within 50 yards of the green. The smart play will be to tee off with a long iron and hit the tee shot 150 yards from the green. This is another very tight driving hole with trees guarding both sides of the fairway. A short-iron approach to a wonderfully shaped green is all that will be left. Best hole locations are in the back, left part of the green. This is a great viewing hole for the spectators to enjoy the action.
Hole 13: 598 yards, Par 5
This hole is yet to be reached in two shots but that could change during the event if someone with two fantastic shots manages to tame this green. the “Hill of Fame” hole is normally played with a fairway wood off the tee. This should keep the drive short of the creek that bisects the fairway at 300 yards. This creek meanders down the right side, also coming into play. A long-iron second shot will put the player 125 yards from the green, avoiding the right side fairway bunkers and the tree trouble on the left. From there the player will hit a wedge onto a receptive green.
Hole 14: 323 yards, Par 4
A very short par 4 that will allow some daring players to use a driver to see how close to the green they can hit it. Most of the field will use a long iron to make sure that they hit their second shot from the fairway. The uphill second shot to a two-tier green requires a play from the fairway if you want to knock it close with a wedge.
Hole 15: 181 yards, Par 3
Difficult downhill par 3 which requires a mid-iron to a narrow green. Water rests to the right and is a worrying sight, especially when the wind is blowing towards it. It is very easy to a tee shot through the green and leaves a very tough up and down. A couple of bunkers guard the left side and tricky hole locations make this green harder to putt on.
Hole 16: 439 yards, Par 4
This hole usually plays much shorter than the yardage. Many golfers will be able to carry the tee shot far enough to hit the fairway on the down slope and the ball will run another 30-plus yards. The bad news is that the fairway is very narrow in the landing area and there is a slope on the left side that will kick most balls into the deep rough. Most shots onto the green will be hit with a short iron to a fairly large green.
Hole 17: 509 yards, Par 4
The dogleg right hole and hole No. 5 are the toughest on the course. A great driving hole that requires a left-to-right tee shot which must hug the right side or the golf ball will run through the fairway on the left side. Heavy rough and pine trees guard that side of the fairway. Trees on the right side will take care of any drives that go in that direction. This hole traditionally gives up the fewest birdies and allows for the most bogeys. Most players will be hitting a longer iron onto this green that is well bunkered on both sides.
Hole 18: 497 yards, Par 4
This is a new tee added for the 2003 PGA Championship. An extra 30-plus yards added to this makes it a very hard finishing hole. A big drive is needed in order to have a mid-to-long iron into the green. Problems off the tee are everywhere. Deep bunkers on the right, hills and trees on the left will make it difficult to hit the green if you are not in the fairway. Problems off the tee are everywhere and in abundance. Deep bunkers on the right, hills and trees on the left will make it difficult to hit the green if you are not in the fairway. The green is set right at the base of a very steep hill and any shot hitting short of the green will not make it up the slope. The green, although wide, is very shallow. Shots must have good distance control to hit this green. A fantastic finishing hole and an enjoyable end to what will hopefully be a great event.
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