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PAR 5 | 623 YARDS

The second of two par 5s is not only the signature at Oak Hill, but also the longest hole on the course. Typically played into a prevailing wind, few players have ever been able to reach the green in two because of Allen’s Creek that crosses the landing area at 325 mark. The S-shaped fairway cambers down and then up to a green that sits in a hollow, protected by three bunkers in front and two behind. The club’s famous Hill of Fame sits to the right, marked by a flagpole and where greats of the game are honoured with oak trees.


PAR 4 | 503 YARDS

Known as ‘Double Trouble’, this dog-leg used to be the old 5th but has now been bumped up the order by a new par 3. The entire right side of the fairway falls away into Allen’s Creek, which comes into play on half the East’s holes. The multi-tiered green, which slopes hard from right to left, has been pushed back to recapture Donald Ross’ design. Players may be tempted to bail out right to avoid a sharp drop off long and left towards the water.


PAR 4 | 461 YARDS

Long, tight and well defended. The ‘Creek’s Elbow’ borders the 6th and presents arguably the hardest tee shot on the course with a thick strand of trees left. Once again, the creek runs down the right side of the fairway before condensing the landing area further up. The approach shot plays uphill to one of the smallest and most challengin­g greens, with a false front and a tricky bunker front-left.

PAR 4 | 502 YARDS

Another brutal par 4, 17 has historical­ly ranked as one of the toughest holes on the course. A left-to-right tee shot that hugs the corner of the dog-leg is required to prevent the ball running out into heavy rough on the left. The green has also been reduced in size and a new run off area has been added that falls 10ft below the putting surface.


PAR 4 | 497 YARDS

As beautiful as it is demanding, ‘Goin’ Home’ boasts a fairway only 20 yards wide at the 300-yard mark, with three deep bunkers on the right and trees on both sides. The shallow green sits on another plateau with thick rough in front and three bunkers right and one left, making for a very challengin­g finish. It is perhaps best remembered for Shaun Micheel’s 7-iron to two inches which won him the 2003 PGA Championsh­ip.

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