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The world's best players offer their thoughts on playing "The Heath", home of the 2016 World Cup of Golf
No. 1: 457 yards, par-4
Marc Leishman says: "The first hole is a tough driving hole. You have to avoid the bunkers on the right where left is a better miss, but it’s still not great. Your approach is into a big, fairly flat green. If you hit a good drive, it’s a birdie opportunity, but if you miss the fairway, you’re going to be battling for par."
No. 2: 139 yards, par-3
Marc Leishman says: “The second hole is completely surrounded by bunkers with a long, narrow green. That time of year it’s going to be pretty firm, so you’re going to have to land it in the front third of the green and it will bounce back into the middle of the green. Long is no good. It’s a shorter par 3, but everything depends on the wind in Melbourne. If it is windy, it’s going to be very tough. If it’s calm, there’s going to be a lot of birdies."
No. 3: 400 yards, par-4
Marc Leishman says: “The third hole is more than likely going to be an iron off the tee. Bunkers on the left are no good and the longest rough on the course is on the right side of that hole. You’ll want to be on the right-hand side of that fairway.”
No. 4: 294 yard, par-4
Marc Leishman says: “The fourth hole is a short par 4. It’s very drivable – most players will be able to reach the green with a 3-wood. If you miss the green anywhere right, it’s tough to get the bunker shot anywhere onto that green. You need to hit your tee shot on the left-side with probably only a 5-iron and then you’ll have a lob wedge into the green. You have to be really precise with your wedge shot to hit the green because the greens are so firm.
You can very well be two or three-under after four holes, but there’s also a good chance you can be a few over par too.”
No. 5: 427 yard, par-4
Geoff Ogilvy says: "Although some yardage has been added recently by using the back of the original 10th hole, which is not in play this week, the fifth hole is a relatively short par-4 by modern standards. The most user friendly of the first half dozen holes, it’s a good chance to open up the shoulders off the tee for maybe the first time of the day. Some bunkers down the left to catch the player trying to get the slightly better angle for the approach, but not much to worry about here. Just a drive and a wedge for most, to a relatively flat green, players will be looking to make 3."
No. 6: 187 yard, par-3
Geoff Ogilvy says: "The Melbourne Sandbelt collectively has maybe the best group of par 3s in the world and Kingston Heaths one shot holes might be the jewel in the crown. Although not as famous as the incredible 15th hole, the sixth hole is a beautiful mid iron shot played over a wonderfully rugged stretch of sandy native grasses and shrubs to a great green, with beautiful bunkering. The slopes on the green make managing your miss here of upmost importance with a miss on the wrong side for the days pin position leaving the player with not much to work with. With the regular breezes here being cross winds, only shots of the highest quality will do.”
No. 7: 443 yard, par-4
Tiger Woods says: “This is a medium length par 4 that demands an accurate tee shot. It’s not especially long, but you have to be careful. You have to know where to maneuver the ball both off the tee and on your second shot. It requires shot making which is something we don’t see enough at home. I’ve hit a mid-iron into the green trying to avoid trouble on the side.”
No. 8: 503 yard, par-5
Geoff Ogilvy says: “The first par five of the course provides the best chance for birdie and perhaps eagle so far. It doesn’t come easy though as a very precise drive is needed to get in position to take advantage. The correct area of the fairway is quite narrow between bunkers on the left and rough and trees to the right, so both accuracy and power are rewarded. After a good drive distance shouldn’t be a problem, but deciding whether to fly the ball all the way to the green or to run the ball on will complicate things a bit. A big dip short of the well bunkered green, makes being decisive with your second very important if you want to putt for three.”
No. 9: 435 yard, par-4
Geoff Ogilvy says: “The ninth hole is a wonderful mid-length par 4. A blind tee shot to a very wide fairway sets up a really fun shot to the massive double green which is shared with the 16th hole. Fairway woods and irons off the tee are usually played to avoid running into the bunkers. Being such a wide fairway it is easy to get a little carefree with the tee shot but that usually comes back to get you as the second can get very awkward if you find yourself out of position. Always a tough hole to hit the ball pin high with the second, the 9th always yields more bogeys than birdies.”
No. 10: 359 yard, par-4
Aaron Baddeley says: “The 10th hole is a short dogleg left par four. Most players will use an iron off the tee. The fairway is generous, but position is vital for the best angle to attack the pin. The right side of the fairway leaves you the best angle to get your second shot (which would normally be just a wedge) close to the pin. Look for players to make plenty of birdies on this hole.”
No. 11: 413 yard, par-4
Aaron Baddeley says: “The 11th hole is a tough hole, even though it's not very long. The hole doglegs to the right with the tee shot giving you many options, from a long iron off the tee to a three-wood or a driver, but the further you hit it the narrower the fairway is. There is trouble on both sides with bunkers on the right and a tea tree on the left. The green is narrow with bunkers to the right and swales to the left and long. If a player misses the green with their second shot it's leaves for a difficult up-and-down for a par. Par is a very good score here.”
No. 12: 574 yard, par-5
Aaron Baddeley says: “The 12th is a par five with two big fairway bunkers right in the middle of the fairway. When the wind is coming off player’s backs, players should be able to carry the bunkers. The typical wind is into the player’s face though so they will need to either choose to go left (which is the narrower part of the fairway) or right (which is wider). The layup has a fairway bunker down the left-hand side. The closer you can hit the ball to those bunkers, the better the angle into the green for your third shot. The green slopes from right to left so that the farther left you are in the fairway, the easier the third shot because you're heading straight up the green making it easy to get it close for your birdie putt.”
No. 13: 370 yard, par 4
Aaron Baddeley says: “The 13th hole is a short par 4 that is a slight dogleg to the right with fairway bunkers down the left-hand side. Players have the option of hitting an iron off the tee to lay-up close to those fairway bunkers, which leaves the best angle for their wedge shot or they can challenge the fairway bunkers with a driver and carry them which will leave about 50-60 yards with an easy wedge shot straight up the green. Deep bunkers are on both sides of the green and are ready to catch any wayward wedge shot, but this is definitely a birdie hole, especially downwind.”
No. 14: 563 yard, par-5
Adam Scott says: “The 14th hole at Kingston Heath is a strong par 5. You have to split it between the bunkers and some trees on the left, a pretty tight tee shot. The second shot is blind even for the lay-up approach. If you’re going for the green, you have to have a really great idea of your line, but it’s one you can hit in two with a bit of run-up on to the green, which is such a feature of the Melbourne Sandbelt courses. There’s a good scoring opportunity here, but it’s a tough green to pitch into. If you do have a chance to get it up by the green in two, you have to take advantage of it.”
No. 15: 154 yard, par-3
Adam Scott says: “The 15th hole is widely regarded as one of the best par 3s in the game of golf. It’s only 154 yards and slightly uphill. Into a stiff wind, I’ve hit up to a 5-iron in there. There’s no margin for error – you’ve got steep bunkers on both sides, something you have to avoid.”
Jason Day says: “What makes the 15th hole at Kingston Heath Golf Club such a unique par 3 is that it’s quite narrow even though you’re hitting wedge into the green. You have to be very cautious of where you actually land the ball on that green because it may bounce through. There’s no rough around the green – it goes straight from green to bunker. You can sometimes be able to putt the ball from the green into the bunker, so it’s quite an interesting hole.”
Tiger Woods says: "The three par 3s at Kingston Heath are all really good, and No. 15 especially shows off the natural bunkering. I've always loved the bunkering in the Sandbelt. It’s some of the best bunkering in the world and you don’t see it like this anywhere else. This uphill hole is tough, and I was fortunate to have made birdie there during the final round when I won the 2009 Australian Masters. It was a back pin and I put the ball about six feet away and made the putt."
No. 16: 440 yard, par 4
Adam Scott says: “The 16th hole is another blind, but important tee shot. Local knowledge is handy there with just feeling comfortable with your line off the tee. There’s a very subtle angle on the green and the way the bunkers are cut in, getting it in the fairway is key there because you can run it up and over that hill. If you get it in the right spot in the fairway, you can hit up the green. If you’re in the wrong spot, you’re hitting across the slope on the green, which can cause major issues.”
No. 17: 459 yard, par-4
Adam Scott says: “17 is just a good, strong hole. It’s straight away off the tee with a little room to the right, but again if you go right, it can change your angle into the green. The green is high in the front then runs away with a slight tilt from back to front. You’ll want to find yourself hitting the middle of the green because it’s quite a severe pitch onto the green from short and putting from just off the green is sure to get away from you.”
No. 18: 457 yard, par-4
Adam Scott says: “18 is such a great finishing hole. It requires pin-point accuracy off the tee whether you are hitting an iron or a driver. Obviously, hitting a driver leaves you a short club in. If you drive it in the fairway, there’s a good chance of hitting a wedge in there and making a birdie. Plenty of trouble left and right off the tee, so your tee shot is crucial.”
Tiger Woods says: “The final hole at Kingston Heath is a really good test. In 2009, I birdied No. 15 the last day, and I was happy to make pars the rest of the way in to secure a two-stroke win. Until I putted out at No. 18, nothing was assured. The hole’s not especially long, but if you hit a marginal shot, you can wind up in a pretty bad spot. It features another green well protected by bunkers where you can get in trouble if you’re not careful.”
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