1The first green must be boldly approached, or the first terrace will leave the ball short.2Let every hole be worthy of a name. The photograph of the Elm hole shows one to which a name fastened itself immediately. The fine elm behind the green lends a charming individualiYet the surrounding of the green in the virgin state presented nothing of the president affect.The green shows its best face to the short approach, after a long drive down the left.3The third hole gets its name from its two-leveled green, featuring a precipitous slope from the back-top terrace, as from the pinnacle of a mountain.This hole is famous in Winged Foot lore as key to Billy Casper’s win in the 1959 U.S. Open: who for four consecutive rounds deliberately played short of the green and then pitcheHe scored 4 pars and gained 2 strokes on the field.4An open hole, but the three level green (depression in the center) places a premium on length from the tee and a careful approach.5A slight dog-leg that may be reached with a brassie second from the right-center of the fairway.6As the shortest par 4 on the course, the sixth hole cries out birdie. But temptation is at the heart of golf architecture. A very shallow depth, a huge deep bunker, and a steep unbunkered left side that can bounce a ball into a stream have induced many disasters such as Wild Bill Melhorn’s 12 in the 7This par 3, with its large, fairly flat and false-fronted green, completes the three-hole stretch of “birdie-able” holes. In the 1974 U.S. Open, however, defending champion JohThe bunkers are the deepest on the course. 8The hardest on the course, this long hole bends late past a small forest, but a straight shot can go through the fairway. It demands utmost accuracy for the second shot, because of the ‘fall-away’ several yards in front of the green. The green is receptive to a proper run-up approach, but the sligThe front of the green breaks sharply from the right along a shoulder ridge all the way to the back left corner. The most challenging pin positions are beyond this ridge.9Certainly one of the toughest holes on the course. The mound in the middle and the restored perimeter pin positions make the green, as Gil Hanse describes it, “a wedge green.10A house – just 40 yards behind this green led Ben Hogan to describe the 10th hole as “a three-iron into somebody’s bedroom.”Shots to a front flagstick can easily catch the side bunkers, requiring the player to make an extremely delicate bunker shot to the narrow front of the green.The green itself is sharply inclined and narrows from the back to a very small front opening. A back-left flagstick placement requires a high draw into the green. 11The 11th,” it said, “is a no-man’s-land hole where something volcanic has happened to the terrain.” looks down “on a fairway humped and ridged at all angles.” The vistaTillinghast said the best chance for birdies of any hole on the course is here.12A classic Tillinghast double-dogleg, this hole is a true threeshotter. Two well hit balls to the right will get close to home, but particularly the second must be placed with rare Bob Jones, winner of the 1929 U.S. Open, propelled his start-off, record-setting 31 on the back nine with an eagle on this hole, as he went 3-3-3-3-3-4-4-4-4=31.Flagstick positions at the front of the green are relatively manageable, but a terraced area farther back permits intimidating hole locations, especially on the left.13The old White Mule Tillinghast regarded as a particularly worthy one.A flagstick placed on the mesa, or either left or right of it, creates a devilish putt from anywhere.Tillinghast described this green as one of Winged Foot’s finest. A back-center mesa falls off both left and right. The recent restoration of the perimeters, with the original con14Originally a spoon and niblick, and still so from the whites, this hole now has perhaps the most difficult tee shot from the back tees. The hole gets its name from the shape of the green, which Tillinghast imagined as having three lobes and a stem.The green is quite beautifully sited on a knoll with dramatic drop offs behind and affords a chance for a 3 in that the ball can be pitched right to the pin with a chance of making15Many members consider this hole their favorite, admiring the seamless perfection of fairway crossing a stream and merging with the green at a slightly offset angle.Most competitors will lay up short on their drive, courting a level lie for the short-iron second shotit is, no doubt, one of the finest greens ever conceived, tumbling up and over for four full club lengths. The left of the green is a large knoll, and on the back right is a ridge 16The tee shot has to be played to the right center if the green is to be gained with the second. Tillinghast’s mastery of angles, shown on this long bending hole, there is simply It is a full second shot even for big hitters.The green, with its long graceful rise, often sees lengthy putts that gently curve until finally dropping in. Most golfers have a chance for a 3 here. All have a chance for a 5.17Another dogleg in which the best drive is one down the right side to a level stance setting up the second shot into a very narrow green.A new tee and a new bunker will once again require even the longest players to favor the left side, requiring “a bit of a pull” for the second to hold the offset green.A mound in the center right of the green influences most putts, but also conceals back-right flagstick positions.18Another twisting Fairway with the proper drive well on right center. Here again the pulled drive is costly and one too far to the right will find pits.From the fairway swale a high three iron should find the beautifully contoured green on the slight elevation.Missing this green with the second will likely run the score to one more than par for getting back dead is not easy. Certainly one of the most attractive greens of them all. Revela
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