January 11, 2006

Sony Open Hole In One Preview

This week, the golfers of the PGA Tour travels to the Waialae Country Club for the Sony Open. Wind typically plays a huge role at Waialae and this weeks look to be no different. For those players looking for a hole in one this week, Waialae offers four par 3 holes for the taking: numbers 4, 7, 11 and 17.

Hole number 4, measuring 203 yards, offers players their first opportunity at the elusive ace. Though typically played straight into the wind, this hole features an extremely deep green with large bunkers guarding either side of the putting surface. Last year, Shigeki Maruyama made a hole in one on this hole during the third round of the championship on his way to a 68 and possession of the lead heading into the final round.

The seventh presents an entirely different challenge. While only measuring 167 yards, its green is well protected by a series of deep sandtraps running straight across its front and sides. Waialae's back nine plays host to the par 3 eleventh. At 196 yards, it is a challenging hole made more difficult by the fact that it typically plays with a crosswind that players will have to adjust for when seeking an ace of birdie. Nevertheless, the 11th is one of the more picturesque holes on the course as the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean lies just beyond the green.

Finally, the 189 yard, signature 17th hole runs alongside right the beach and offers the pros their final chance at a hole in one. Considering the green is protected on both sides with bunkers, and the hole is susceptible to a crosswind, the seventeenth is the most challenging of the par three holes on the golf course.

While there are no reported hole in one contests for the tour players to take part in this week, there are nonetheless a handful of opportunities to making history with an ace.