Pebble Beach Hole-By-Hole
This hole-by-hole guide to Pebble Beach shows how the course has changed since the last US Open there in 2000.
For a visual aid, head on over to pebblebeach.com for a fly-over guide of the course.
1st, 380 yards, par 4: An iron off the tee for many to try to keep the ball on the fairway. A birdie opportunity if that is done successfully.
2nd, 502yds, par 4: Converted from a par five for the 2000 championship and now 18 yards longer. With a narrow green flanked by bunkers, it could be a real brute.
3rd, 404yds, par 4: A dogleg left which usually calls for a draw, not necessarily with a driver, and then an accurate approach to a green which slopes from right to left.
4th, 331yds, par 4: Easily the shortest of the par fours, it has a big fairway bunker on the left awaiting tee shots directed away from the ocean on the right.
5th, 195yds, par 3: The small green is guarded by a bunker in front and a deceptive landing area to the left that looks safe, but will send balls careening into the rough.
6th, 523yds, par 5: The only par five on the front nine is uphill and usually into the wind as it climbs a high peninsula. The hilltop green is protected by bunkers.
7th, 109yds, par 3: The shortest hole in championship golf, America’s equivalent of the Postage Stamp at Troon. From the elevated tee the green looks like it is surrounded by ocean.
8th, 428yds, par 4: The first of three difficult par fours along the water. The drive is uphill and blind and the approach then played across the beach to a green perched on another cliff.
9th, 505yds, par 4: Lengthened nearly 40 yards from 2000. The fairway slopes toward the ocean and right of the green is a sheer drop down to the beach.
10th, 495yds, par 4: Almost 50 yards added to this one and again the fairway slopes down from the left with another green perched perilously close to a high cliff.
11th, 390yds, par 4: A blind tee shot to a very narrow fairway and a partially blind approach to a green that slopes severely from back to front.
12th, 202yds, par 3: Real care is needed on where to try to land the ball. When the green is firm the danger is bounding through into thick rough.
13th, 445yds, par 4: Thirty-nine yards longer. Fairway bunkers were added for the 2000 event, but the main feature remains the sloping green.
14th, 580yds, par 5: A dogleg right and a climb to the green which makes it reachable for very few. Pin placings can greatly add to the degree of difficulty.
15th, 397yds, par 4: With the rough brought in it is often a fairway wood or even iron off the tee, while the green is well-guarded.
16th, 403yds, par 4: Again a driver is not really needed unless it is playing into a strong wind. The green is framed by big Cypress trees left and right.
17th, 208yds, par 3: Remembered for Tom Watson’s chip-in birdie during his 1982 duel with Jack Nicklaus and for the long iron with which Nicklaus hit the flagstick 10 years earlier.
18th, 543yds, par 5: Curling left along the Pacific coastline, the drive is across the rocks, but only the brave and confident think of going for the green in two, especially with the title on the line.
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