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16 PAR 5 670 YARDS


Say hello to the longest hole in U.S. Open history. This demanding dogleg left puts a premium on accuracy and even the longest


hitters can probably forget about hitting the green in two. The ideal drive is down the right side of the fairway, since this will open up the hole for the second shot, which is played to an area just 23 yards wide—certainly a demanding shot. Players will want to lay back with their second shot in order to leave themselves a full wedge into the green that is protected by a large bunker in front of the green and one to the left of the putting surface, which slopes from back to front.


17 PAR 5 520 YARDS


A new tee has been added 15 yards to the left and 17 yards short of the current back tee. This new tee will add drama to the hole since it will


allow some players to go for the green with their second shot on the uphill hole that usually plays into the wind. The ideal drive will be a draw since the fairway slopes from left to right. Going for this green is a true risk-reward decision since missing the green long or to the right leaves a difficult, uphill play from closely mown areas. Shots that fail to carry onto the putting surface easily roll back to the player. A new fairway bunker in the layup area was added a month before the tournament.


18 PAR 4 355 YARDS


This short par 4 is one of the classic finishing holes in golf. The fairway has been reduced to a mere 21 yards in width. Players face both a demanding drive and a precise, uphill second shot. The drama is increased by the thousands of spectators watching from the hillside along the left side of the hole, as well as bleachers behind the putting surface. The green, which slopes severely from back to front, is protected by four bunkers. It is a fitting ending to one of golf’s great tests.


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