A glance at some his­tory and five key holes at Shin­necock Hills.

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - GOLF -

Shin­necock Hills has the old­est club­house in the United States. Twelve holes were open for play in 1891, with an ad­di­tional six holes built in 1894. It hosted the sec­ond U.S. Open in 1896 at 4,423 yards. Wil­liam Flynn re­designed the course in 1937, and the U.S. Open re­turned in 1986, 1995, 2004 and 2018. The course has added about 450 yards since the last U.S. Open and some of the greens ex­panded dur­ing a restoration to bring back Flynn’s in­tended strat­egy.

Hole No. 6 491 yards, par 4

This typ­i­cally plays into the wind, but it’s only a 240-yard carry across the bunker on the right side of this dog­leg to the right. The tee shot is blind. Play­ers fa­vor­ing the left side to avoid the nat­u­ral sand area have a longer ap­proach from a tougher an­gle. The green pitches from back to front. Scor­ing av­er­age: 4.391

Hole No. 7 189 yards, par 3

This hole needs no in­tro­duc­tion after 2004. The Redan hole has a green that slopes from the front right to the back left. The back left bunker fig­ures to catch tee shots. Play­ers miss­ing the green long will have to play up the slope with enough pace to keep it from rolling back to­ward them. The green was so baked in 2004 that balls wouldn’t stay on and the USGA had to spray wa­ter on it dur­ing the fi­nal round.

Scor­ing av­er­age: 3.413

Hole No. 10 415 yards, par 4

Play­ers can ei­ther hit a long iron to the top of the plateau for a flat lie, or drive it down a hill. That leaves ei­ther a wedge from the bot­tom of the hill or a 180-yard shot to a green on the same level as the fair­way from that dis­tance. The area be­hind the green is shaved and will send balls some 25 yards away. Scor­ing av­er­age: 4.447

Hole No. 17 180 yards, par 3

The green has been ex­panded, which al­lows for a pin po­si­tion to the back left. The typ­i­cal wind is from the play­ers’ left, mak­ing pre­ci­sion even more de­mand­ing. Bunkers are on ei­ther side of the green. Mick­el­son went into the left bunker and then three-putted from 5 feet for dou­ble bo­gey that took him out of a tie for the lead with Retief Goosen in 2004.

Scor­ing av­er­age: 3.208

Hole No. 18 485 yards, par 4

A new tee adds 35 yards and cre­ates more of a blind tee shot. The pre­vail­ing wind is right to left, with more of a help­ing wind on the sec­ond shot. The best tee shot is on the right side for a bet­ter look at the green. Corey Pavin hit 4-wood from 228 yards to 6 feet in the fi­nal round (and missed the putt). The green pitches from back to front.

Scor­ing av­er­age: 4.312

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