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