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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

LOCATION Bandon, Ore.
ARCHITECTS Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw
PAR 4
YARDAGE 325
On arguably the most controversial of the 72 holes at the resort, the elevated tee...

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Valderrama Golf Club

LOCATION Sotogrande, Spain
ARCHITECT Robert Trent Jones Sr.
PAR 5
YARDAGE 536
While laying up is often the wisest strategy—especially with a lead—on a par 5 with a...

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TPC Sawgrass

LOCATION Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
ARCHITECT Pete Dye
PAR 3
YARDAGE 137
While the hole seems straightforward—either hit the green or don’t—the strategy changes based on hole location....

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Royal Troon

LOCATION Troon, Scotland
ARCHITECT Willie Fernie
PAR 3
YARDAGE 123
Players must weigh the reward of hitting a shot close to the hole with the risk of hitting...

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Royal Portrush

LOCATION Portrush, Northern Ireland
ARCHITECT Harry S. Colt
PAR 5
YARDAGE 411
An aggressive drive over the dunes on the sharp dogleg right can result in a short...

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Royal Melbourne

LOCATION Black Rock, Australia
ARCHITECTS Alister MacKenzie and Alex Russell
PAR 4
YARDAGE 305
For decades, this hole has tempted good players to make unwise choices, ever the...

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Royal County Down

LOCATION Newcastle, Northern Ireland
ARCHITECTS Old Tom Morris, Harry S. Colt
PAR 4
YARDAGE 486
Although the fairway is fairly wide, there is plenty of uncertainty on the...

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Riviera Country Club

LOCATION Pacific Palisades, Calif.
ARCHITECTS George C. Thomas and William P. Bell
PAR 4
YARDAGE 315
Long-time Los Angeles Times columnist Jim Murray wrote of the hole: “This...

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Pine Valley Golf Club

LOCATION Pine Valley, N.J.
ARCHITECTS George Crump and Harry S. Colt
PAR 4
YARDAGE 486
The heroic second shot from the fairway down to the peninsula-perched green makes...

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Pebble Beach Golf Links

LOCATION Pebble Beach, Calif.
ARCHITECTS Douglas Grant and Jack Neville,
Herbert Fowler
PAR 5
YARDAGE 543
Now a reachable par 5, the hole can produce anything...

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