Inside the course: Quail Hollow Club

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A view of the 18th green at Quail Hollow Club
May 02, 2011
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts
Course Superintendent Jeff A. Kent
Original architect George Cobb (1961)
Redesign Tom Fazio (1996-1997)
Par value 72
Number of TOUR events as host venue* 9 (including 2011)
Yardage history 7,442 (2004-present)
  7,396 (2003)
Grass 419 bermudagrass, perennial ryegrass (tees, fairways, rough); G2 creeping bentgrass (greens)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11 ft
Sand bunkers 52
Water hazards 3
Course tour Click here
* Also hosted the Kemper Open (1969-1979)
Course record
Kirk Triplett
Bo Van Pelt
Rory Sabbatini
There has been one ace recorded at Quail Hollow Club
Player Hole Year
Jay Williamson 6 2008
2010 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-4 478-yard 18th This is the last in a three-hole stretch dubbed "The Green Mile" and is consistently one of the toughest finishing holes in golf. On the tee shot, players must avoid a bunker on the right, as well as a creek that meanders along the entire left side of the narrow fairway. An uphill second shot must avoid hazards on both sides of the green, which is deep and sloped. If a player must birdie this hole to win the tournament, he will have his hands full.
2010: 0 eagles, 39 birdies, 251 pars, 146 bogeys, 25 double bogeys, 2 others.
Easiest Hole
The par-5 570-yard 5th The first of four par 5s is reachable in two by some players. A right-to-left tee shot sets up a great birdie opportunity. The 230-yard second shot from the crest of the hill must be on the mark because the green is heavily bunkered and slopes from back to front.
2010: 3 eagles, 186 birdies, 243 pars, 31 bogeys, 0 double bogeys and 0 others.
Quail Hollow Club2010 rankings Last 8 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 410 4.041 12 4.042 12
2 3 178 3.08 11 3.078 11
3 4 452 4.134 8 4.125 9
4 4 489 4.197 7 4.196 7
5 5 570 4.652 18 4.651 18
6 3 250 3.21 5 3.210 5
7 5 532 4.752 16 4.745 16
8 4 343 3.838 13 3.834 13
9 4 491 4.244 4 4.242 4
10 5 591 4.81 14 4.808 15
11 4 421 4.093 10 4.098 10
12 4 456 4.21 5 4.201 6
13 3 201 3.125 9 3.125 8
14 4 346 3.808 15 3.814 14
15 5 566 4.717 17 4.729 17
16* 4 478 4.311 3 4.320 3
17* 3 217 3.343 2 3.340 2
18* 4 478 4.354 1 4.358 1
Course origins
On April 13, 1959, James J. Harris hosted a meeting at Morrocroft Farm that marked the formal beginning of Quail Hollow Club. Committees were named to proceed with various details of organizing the Club and planning its activities. George Cobb was engaged as the golf architect and plans were made for the acquisition from Mr. and Mrs. Harris of the land that would become the site of the Club.
On Dec. 18, 1959, the Certificate of Incorporation of Quail Hollow Club was executed by the 21 Founders of the Club, and on Jan. 4, 1960, was filed with the Secretary of State of Delaware thereby constituting the Club, a nonprofit corporation to provide social and recreational facililties for the exclusive pleasure and recreation of the member of the Club. The Delaware corporation was qualified with the State of North Carolina to conduct its activities in that state. The golf course formally opened on June 3, 1961.
Quail Hollow Club has two signature holes. The par-4 14th is a dogleg left that can be driven with a good tee shot. It measures 346 yards from the pro tees. A 15-acre lake frames the left side of the hole and the rough on that side slopes down to the water. The narrow landing area measures about 27 yards across and is guarded with two bunkers on each side. The two-tiered green is long and narrow with about 7,100 square feet of putting surface. Two more bunkers guard the left front and middle of the green, and a collection area waits just off the right front of the green for short approach shots hit off line, or almost perfect drives. The area immediately left of the green slopes severely down 15 feet to the lake, so anything hit left has a very good chance of ending up in the hazard.
The 17th hole is a 217-yard par-3 over water. A rock wall rings this part of the lake and borders the left and front of the green. The tee shot must carry the water hazard and a bunker that protects the center. The 6,500 square-foot green is undulated, and, on the left side, there is only six feet between the edge of the putting surface and the water hazard. On the right, there lies a closely mown collection area for errant shots. The water will be the collection area on the left. Shots hit too strong also have a good chance of getting wet since the lake wraps around behind a good portion of the green, and the rough slopes drastically down to it. --Source: Golf Course Superintendents Assocation of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Quail Hollow Club Charlotte, N.C. 2003-present
This week's Kodak Challenge hole
HOLE: The par-5, 566-yard 15th at Quail Hollow
LAST YEAR: The 15th played to a stroke average of 4.586, with players recording 6 eagles, 166 birdies, 251 pars, 34 bogeys, 5 double bogeys and 1 others
DESCRIPTION: The last of the par 5s plays uphill after the tee shot. To spectators, water on the left and right of the fairway may appear dangerous; however, it will probably have little affect on the professionals. A ridge running down the middle of the green requires perhaps more caution and an accurate approach. (Click here for tour)

The TOUR heads to North Carolina for the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte. Learn more about this week's host, Quail Hollow Club.