Thursday, September 9, 2004
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
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
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
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.