The Par 4 18th hole
"Knowing the gentlemen who have donned this jacket, and will don this jacket, and putting myself in that company is just very humbling."
- Zach Johnson, 2010 champion
"It's very special, obviously. this tournament's been around for so many years. So many of the great players have played here, and have won here. To be a part of that is beyond what I can expound on. It's very humbling, and very cool."
- Steve Stricker, 2009 champion
"This golf course is one of the best tests that we have in the game of golf. To have won this tournament is an amazing feeling. I can't explain how good it feels to have won this championship."
- Phil Mickelson, 2000 & 2008 champion
This is a tempting par 5 but it's difficult to reach in two because of the bunkering. A sand wedge approach shot gives the best chance for birdie.
|2||4||389||This is a short par 4 and an important birdie opportunity. The tee
shot requires a choice -- play left to right or over the tall tree
in the dogleg.
|3||4||483||This is the beginning of Colonial's "Horrible Horseshoe" -- the three most difficult holes on the golf course. The long dogleg left requires a perfectly placed tee shot around a large tree and bunkers. A long approach shot makes birdies rare. This ranks as the second-most difficult hole at Colonial.|
This is the longest of the par 3s. The elevated green is
difficult to hold. This is the only par 3 that has not yielded a
hole-in-one during the 62-year history of the tournament. Even
birdies are rare.
|5||4||481||This is the hardest hole, and the most famous, at Colonial and
the last of the "Horrible Horseshoe." The tee shot must be precise
-- there's a ditch to the left and a river on the right. Even a
good tee shot leaves a long, narrow approach.
|6||4||406||A left-to-right tee shot between bunkers sets up a good birdie
opportunity. The green can be tricky.
This is a straight hole that requires accuracy off the tee into
a pinched landing area. You can be more aggressive with the second
This hole features a three-tiered green with tricky crosswinds. Short birdie putts are difficult to come by here.
This is an attractive, devilish hole that can extract some big
numbers. You must hit it straight off the tee and avoid a pond in
front of the tricky green with your approach.
This is the second-toughest hole on the back nine. The tee shot
must stay left to fully utilize the narrow opening to the green.
|11||5||635||You can let it all out on this straight tee shot but watch out for
bunkers to the left side of fairway. For most players, likely a
3-shot hole. The well-bunkered green requires a sand wedge approach
for the best chance at birdie.
|12||4||445||This is the hardest hole on back nine. The fairway is a dogleg left
that requires accuracy and length. The approach must negotiate a
tightly-bunkered green and often a headwind.
|13||3||190||You face a tee shot with total carry over water to this small
green. Winds can make this hole very difficult, with water front
and right, bunkers left.
This long dogleg left requires a draw off the tee and a long
approach shot. The green can be tricky, and the approach is usually
into a headwind.
|15||4||430||Your tee shot must navigate a gauntlet formed by out-of-bounds to
the right and trees to the left. A short approach makes birdies
possible on this two-tiered green.
|16||3||192||The steepest green on the course requires a good shot to stay below
This is a short but dangerous hole. It's a dogleg right but you
must keep your tee shot left. Accuracy is a premium all the way
with a short but hazardous approach.
You need to hit a draw off the tee on this dogleg left with
trees capturing wayward shots. A lake protects the left side of the
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