Par 4, 402 yards
The $2.5-million restoration completed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2011 eliminated all of the rough and replaced it with 26 acres of sandscapes filled with wiregrass, widening the fairways as much as 50 percent. The removal of turf on the right and left of the fairway and behind the green on No. 1 brings these natural areas into play.
Did You Know?
Ten new tees have stretched the layout roughly 300 yards longer than the 2005 U.S. Open, but it will always be the vexing Donald Ross greens that defend No. 2 against the world’s best players.
Hole No. 2
Par 4, 507 yards
A new tee lengthened the hole by 35 yards. The removed turf on the right side of the fairway exposed mounds and low areas that accumulate loose sand and golf balls. The bunkers were elevated to be more intimidating from the tee.
Do You Remember?
Overnight leader Retief Goosen, in search of back-to-back titles, double-bogeyed the hole in the final round of the 2005 U.S. Open en route to an 81.
Hole No. 3
Par 4, 387 yards
The third hole could be set up as a drivable par-4 anywhere from 250 to 329 yards long. With turf removed behind the green, approach shots that go long could roll down the hill a considerable distance.
Hole No. 4
Par 4, 529 yards
This par 5 has been changed to a beautiful par 4. The two new elevated tees left of the previous tee restore the original line of play, which moves from right to left. Two fairway bunkers, which existed in the 1940s, were added in the landing area on the right, and one on the left about 170 yards from the green. The left greenside bunker was expanded to gobble more approach shots.
Did You Know?
Downing Gray held a five-hole lead in the final match of the 1962 U.S. Amateur. But he drove wild to the right on the 22nd hole, making the first of four straight bogeys that led to Labron Harris Jr.'s eventual 1-up victory.
Hole No. 5
Par 5, 576 yards
Four new tees convert this par-4 into a challenging par-5, the way it played during the 1936 PGA Championship. The restored bunker on the left shields the fairway from view and requires a 290-yard carry. A sandy wiregrass collection area left of green will see plenty of action. The former house of legendary architect Donald Ross is visible from the severe table-top green.
Hole No. 6
Par 3, 219 yards
The sixth had the fewest changes on the course. The expanded bunker left of the green is one of the deepest and most formidable on the course.
Hole No. 7
Par 4, 424 yards
No hole changed more. The back tee and sandscapes down the right side of the expanded fairway are all new on this interesting dogleg right. The sandy waste area up the left side (where large mounds were removed) was expanded to include hollows and wiregrass. Mounds created behind the green collect long shots.
Hole No. 8
Par 4, 502 yards
This regulation par 5 that’s now a par 4 will play about 15 yards longer than in 2005. Tee balls will feed from right to left, bringing sandy wiregrass into play left of the fairway. Two new bunkers — a right fairway bunker about 270 yards from the green and an approach bunker on the left about 75 yards from green — add more strategy.
Hole No. 9
Par 3, 191 yards
This hole represents the most visual of the restoration’s changes, although it will play similarly. Sand and wiregrass cover most of the area from tee to green. The restored greenside bunkering matches photos dating to the 1930s. A pot bunker at the rear of the green was replaced with a turf mound.
Hole No. 10
Par 5, 617 yards
The longest hole on the course has been extended by about 10 yards with a new tee, making it a true three-shot challenge. The restored sandy wiregrass areas remain in play throughout. A restored left fairway bunker sits about 200 yards from green.
Hole No. 11
Par 4, 483 yards
Ben Hogan considered this hole one of his favorite par 4s, and the hole has been restored to the way it looked and played in his era. The fairway bends right with the sandy area pinching in the left side.
Hole No. 12
Par 4, 484 yards
This hole has been lengthened as much as any other with a new tee adding about 35 yards. The sand and wiregrass play a strategic role off the tee and around the green.
Hole No. 13
Par 4, 382 yards
The slightly uphill 13th hole could play much shorter, either as a drivable par-4 or as a birdie opportunity. A right fairway bunker was added about 90 yards from the green, pushing players closer to the sand and wiregrass on the left. Several greenside bunkers were eliminated, but the left greenside bunker was expanded.
Did You Know?
Ben Hogan made a 65-foot birdie putt in singles during the 1951 Ryder Cup en route to a 3-and-2 victory over Charlie Ward.
Hole No. 14
Par 4, 473 yards
Playing into the prevailing wind, the hole’s elevated tee boxes provide a great view of the sandscapes on both sides of the fairway. Two right fairway bunkers about 225 yards from the green, discovered in original photos of the course, were restored.
Did You Know?
Then-18-year-old Danny Lee made a 35-foot birdie putt on the 30th hole of the match, clinching a 5-and-4 victory over Drew Kittleson to secure the 2008 U.S. Amateur crown and surpass Tiger Woods as the tournament's youngest champion.
Hole No. 15
Par 3, 202 yards
The hole looks significantly different due to the removal of trees behind the newly configured green, now home to more flagstick locations. Caddies say this is the toughest green to hit and hold. The dangerous right greenside bunker and sandy wiregrass in back were brought right up to putting surface.
Hole No. 16
Par 4, 528 yards
This regulation par 5 becomes the tournament’s longest par 4 with the extension of the championship tee by 36 yards. Players must avoid the new right fairway bunker about 300 yards from the tee, but the fairway on the left side was pinched in as well. A bunker behind the green was brought closer to back edge.
Did You Know?
Denny Shute hit his approach to three feet in the final match of the 1936 PGA Championship, setting up eagle to clinch the victory, 3-and-2 over Jimmy Thomson.
Hole No. 17
Par 3, 205 yards
About 15 yards longer thanks to a new tee, the 17th hole also features a reshaped green that offers more pin positions. One of the three bunkers on the right side was removed.
Do You Remember?
A critical three-putt bogey on no. 17 in the final round of the 2005 U.S. Open derailed Tiger Woods’ chances to catch Michael Campbell, who won by two shots.
Hole No. 18
Par 4, 451 yards
This slight dogleg right plays uphill, skirting new sand and wiregrass up the right side. The large green, which slopes from back to front, is just steps from the clubhouse balcony, and from a statue of Stewart striking his iconic pose at the 1999 U.S. Open.
Do You Remember?
It's one of the most famous moments in championship history: Payne Stewart made a 15-foot par putt on the final hole of the 1999 U.S. Open to hold off Phil Mickelson by one shot and claim his second U.S. Open title.
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