Oakland Hills CC hole-by-hole
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- A hole-by-hole look at Oakland Hills Country Club, site of the 35th Ryder Cup matches to be played Sept. 17-19:
No. 1, 435 yards, par 4: A charming way to begin the Ryder Cup, with the tee perched on a hillside near the clubhouse. Bunkers frame the landing area on both sides. Strong contours on the green, which is protected in front by two bunkers.
No. 2, 519 yards, par 5: Should be easily reached in two, provided the tee shot avoids three bunkers on the left and two on the right. Otherwise, players might have to lay up in front of the four bunkers guarding the two-tiered green. The upper tier slopes away.
No. 3, 198 yards, par 3: A middle iron to a green surrounded by five bunkers. The toughest hole location is on the small plateau at the back of the green.
No. 4, 430 yards, par 4: Slightly downhill, making it play shorter than itS yardage. The tee is located on a slight rise, giving a good view of the hole. Bunkers are on both sides to frame the landing area. The green is guarded by four bunkers, but won't be much more than a wedge.
No. 5, 455 yards, par 4: Another slightly elevated tee, with the landing area shaped by deciduous trees on the left and two bunkers on the right. A stream divides the landing area from the green, although it shouldn't come into play. The green is protected by two bunkers and surrounded by trees.
No. 6, 356 yards, par 4: The tees might be moved forward to give players a chance to drive the green. Otherwise, the landing area is on an uphill slope, with trees to the right and bunkers to the left. The green is elevated and protected by three bunkers.
No. 7, 411 yards, par 4: A dogleg right with three bunkers on the left and a lateral water hazard to the right. Green slopes gently from back to front, with deep bunkers protecting the left side of the green.
No. 8, 482 yards, par 4: Toughest driving hole on the front nine, with two bunkers pinching the fairway on each side. The lip of the first bunker on the left will make it tough to reach the green. The approach is slightly uphill to a moderately contoured green with bunkers left and right.
No. 9, 220 yards, par 3: Beautiful view from an elevated tee with the clubhouse in the background. Four bunkers protect a large, undulating green that runs from left to right with a small crown in the middle-right part of the green. There could be some difficult two-putts.
No. 10, 453 yards, par 4: Tee is situated on a hill next to the practice green. The landing area is guarded by a bunker to the left and two to the right. A ridge runs through the center of the green, which is guarded by deep bunkers to the right. A bunker to the left is relatively shallow.
No. 11, 423 yards, par 4: The landing area is located in a saddle, where a good drive will feed over the ridge on the left side of this slight dogleg to the right. Long, narrow green is flanked on each side by two bunkers, and club selection will be crucial because the back tier is 4 feet higher.
No. 12, 560 yards, par 5: From an elevated tee, the landing area is framed by trees on the right and four bunkers on the left. Moderate hitters will leave their second shot short of a bunker some 70 yards to the left of the green. The slightly elevated green has a ridge running steeply from front right to back left.
No. 13, 162 yards, par 3: Deep bowl in the front of the green puts a premium on club selection. Tee and green sit upon natural rises, separated by a broad swale. Green surrounded by bunkers, and it's difficult to keep a shot from the back bunker on the back terrace of the putting surface.
No. 14, 473 yards, par 4: Landing area is just beyond a slight rise in the fairway. There are no fairway bunkers, but trees line the entire hole on this slight dogleg right. The green, protected by three bunkers, runs away from the approach shot.
No. 15, 400 yards, par 4: A bunker in the middle of the fairway offers some options. Laying up short leaves a longer approach to the green. Those who try to fly the bunker have to worry about trees to the left on the inside of the dogleg. Saucer-shaped green is heavily guarded by five bunkers.
No. 16, 406 yards, par 4: The signature hole, which brings water into play on the tee shot and the approach. The landing area is short of a pond framed by giant willow trees. The green is on the other side of the pond and protected by a series of bunkers. Gary Player hit a 9-iron from the right rough over the trees to make birdie in the 1972 PGA.
No. 17, 200 yards, par 3: The green, protected by six bunkers, sits some 30 feet above the tee and features a ridge running from the front right to the back center, along with a small crown in the front left. The pin position can be blind from the tee.
No. 18, 494 yards, par 4: This plays as a par 5 for the members, and the green set into a hillside was built to handle wedges. The tee shot must avoid a bunker to the left (Tom Lehman found it in the final round of the '96 U.S. Open and made bogey), and the green is guarded by four bunkers.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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