June 18, 2009

The Par 3’s at this year’s US OPEN!

This year’s US Open is going to be an exciting event. Will there be any holes in one? That is the question that we are asking ourselves at US Hole In One. This week’s article will focus on the daunting par 3 holes at Bethpage Black. Thanks to the USGA’s website we were able to come up with some information on these truly challenging holes.

The 3rd hole is the first of four par 3s. It is also the longest par 3. According to the USGA this hole is 232 yards and the tee shot is played to a “diagonally-set green (front right to back left) which makes it fairly shallow in depth.” What’s even worse is that “the putting green falls off in all directions.” This means that the players will have to hit a high shot that will stop quickly otherwise they will find themselves in the unfavorable greenside rough.

Next is the 8th hole which is 230 yards. The USGA have already signaled that this will “likely end up being the most exciting of the par 3s.” An unwelcome pond guards the front of the green. The USGA goes on to say that “two new hole locations now exist in the front that will require players to carefully consider just how aggressive they want to be with their tee shots.” However if a player decides to play conservatively and hit his ball a little long, he will need “deft putting touch coming back down the hill to the front portion of green.” On top of that the USGA “plans to mix up the yardage on this hole from 135 to 230 yards, which means pitching wedges to long irons will be played depending upon the hole location and teeing ground chosen.”

The 14th hole is 158yards and the USGA firmly believe that it should be the “easiest of the four par 3s.” Minor changes have been made to the green in order to make the hole a little bit more challenging. Nevertheless, it is still a birdie hole.

The 207 yard 17th hole is uphill and the green has an “hourglass shape.” The USGA has set this hole up so that “it will require high, soft tee shots if conditions are dry.” This will be a good finishing hole that will test the eventual winner’s nerves. For even more information on the entire course make sure you visit www.usopen.com and click on the top link that says course.

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