|1||4||447||How to Play It:
Donald Ross once wrote, "The first hole of a golf course should not be too difficult -- give the player a chance to warm up a bit." He must have made that quote after designing the first hole at Belmont. There is plenty of room to drive the ball; a ball played down the right side of the fairway will tend to travel farther. A long iron played into the center of the green must be struck solid to have a chance at hitting this generous green.
|2||4||358||How to Play It:
This well-designed, short par 4 requires the player to choose the correct club off the tee. There are seven well-placed bunkers on #2, and the first fairway bunker down the left side awaits tee shots that are poorly struck, making this hole a very difficult short hole. Tee shots played to the right side of the bunker will offer the player the best approach to this challenging green complex. Possibly the best opportunity to make birdie!
|3||3||188||How to Play It:
An uphill par 3 that requires accuracy and distance. Choosing the correct club is a must; shots that fall short and to the right will find the green-side bunker that will make par difficult. When the green is reached, the fun has just begun. This green slopes from front to back with a long hogs back located in the middle of the green. Making a par requires one to control the pace of the putter.
|4||5||536||How to Play It:
One of the easiest par 5s on the course. Straight off the tee and avoiding bunkers on the right will give the player one of the best chances at birdie the course offers. Long hitters will be afforded the opportunity of going for the green in two. Watch for miss-hit shots left of the target, as a green-side bunker and Winter Street looms disaster. The green slopes from front to back, and poorly conceive shots will run off the green.
|5||3||211||How to Play It:
The wind often plays a key role in how this well-protected par 3 is played. Players will test their skills controlling distance. The green is mostly flat and generous. A pin location on the right side of the green presents the most difficult challenge to the player, as you must carry the water that wraps around the front right side of the green.
|6||4||432||How to Play It:
A demanding par 4 requires that the player puts the ball int he fairway off the tee as it will take a well-connected second shot to reach the green. Stray tee shots will be faced with a difficult rough and almost no chance for par. Bunkers located on both sides of the green leave little room for error. A little local knowledge on the green will tell you that a ball played to the middle of this green is where one will find his best chance for par.
|7||4||399||How to Play It:
Distance is not needed here, but control is. Bunkers on the right and left leave little room for error. One will be required to hit a tee shot in the fairway to afford the opportunity at this green. The ball must carry the steep slope to reach the undulating green. A hole located in the back right adds 10 or 15 yards to any shot from the fairway. Balls that fall short will surely find their way back down the slope or a green-side bunker. With three diverse sections, this green offers some of the best putting challenges on the course.
|8||4||399||How to Play It:
One of the most picturesque tee shots on the course. This short, dogleg right par 4 requires a shot down the middle and avoiding the fairway bunkers that flank the right side of the fairway; the pond on the left offers certain doom. The approach, depending on which tier of the green the hole is located, will determine the shot to be played. The green runs from front to back and is well bunkered. Shots that miss the green will most likely find a bunker. Two well-played shots will give the player a good look at a birdie three.
|9||5||565||How to Play It:
A great way to end the nine, this par 5 is a three-shot hole. Only the boldest and longest hitters are afforded the chance to hit the green in two shots. The 9th hole offers a variety of obstacles. Bunkers on the left offer a more favorable choice of lines than the water on the right provides. Water comes into play on every shot; tight landing areas make accuracy a premium. The green is well bunkered, making the middle left pin the most interesting on the hole.
|10||4||362||How to Play It:
This is a great short hole. Favor the right side of the fairway off the tee, as the fairway slopes right to left. The green is elevated and will reject any ball that falls short of the green. Once on the green, heavy undulations will put your feel for the greens to its maximum test. Beware of any front pin location - golf balls do not like the terrain!
|11||4||406||How to Play It:
Again, favor the right side of the fairway and allow the ball to use the right-to-left sloping ground to gain beneficial access to this crowned green. Long hitters should be aware of the fairway bunker that looms about 100 yards from the green. The downhill approach shot requires knowledge of the wind direction and careful selection of club. A large bunker located to the right side of the green will catch ill-played shots. The green slants from right to left, making the green difficult to read.
|12||3||175||How to Play It:
The shortest par 3 can show its fangs when the wind blows. Bunkers are well placed to capture an errant shot. The hole tends to play a bit longer than the yardage provided. The green has no significant challenges, so a well-played shot will give a realistic chance at birdie. Look for Sunday's tournament hole locations to be back right.
|13||4||394||How to Play It:
A beautiful dogleg left that plays host to one of the most demanding tee shots -- error here spells trouble. Trees guard both sides of this narrow fairway. Playing the ball down the right side of the fairway will give you best approach angle to the green. Bunkers surround this double tier green, making it one of the most challenging holes on the course. Long on this green and a price is paid.
|14||4||415||How to Play It:
Scenic and majestic, this par 4 is one that shows Donald Ross at his best. A downhill, rolling fairway provides some challenge if caught on the downhill. A bunker located 30 yards in front of the green causes the player some depth perception problems and makes yardage difficult to judge. The green slopes from front to back; don't get caught with too much club here -- long is not the place to be.
|15||3||228||How to Play It:
The wind will play havoc with tee shots here as the hole takes a different direction from any of the other par 3s on the course. The right-side hole locations are the most difficult, as a gaping bunker in front of the green stands ready to swallow short shots.
|16||4||411||How to Play It:
The difficult 16 is set up by the tee shot -- the most demanding tee shot on the course. Water right and a stream that runs the length of the landing area left await the ambitious. Be conservative on the tee shot and give a chance to reach this green in regulation. Par here is a great score.
|17||5||501||How to Play It:
Hitting the drive in the fairway maybe a most difficult accomplishment, as a ball that travels down the right side of the fairway tends to end up in the right rough. The lay-up shot should be carefully planned, as you need to leave yourself about 120 yards out or face an uphill stance that may make the approach tougher than necessary. Be careful -- a bunker and trees outreaching the fairway will catch any shot that may leak to the left, making par a difficult score. Down wind long hitters may be able to reach this hole in two, gaining a stroke on the field or closing out a close match.
|18||4||432||How to Play It:
A great finishing hole! The 18th at Belmont offers a great view of the clubhouse and surrounds. Aim your tee shot at the stone chimney to allow the player to finish this championship course with an opportunity for par or better. A deep bunker sited to the left side of the green will catch the long ball, making the reach of this green in regulation very difficult. The green itself is a masterpiece. Three tiers that will cost you a shot if the approach shot is not played to the proper tier. A front or middle pin location offers the player a chance to get the ball close to the pin by playing a bank shot off the slope.
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