Quail Hollow Course Preview

We finally have PGA DFS back in our life after a hiatus last week for the team event.  This is going to be a ball striker’s feast at Quail Hollow.  The rough will be lined with bermuda grass rather than the Rye that was seen in years past.  This can have a significant impact on the type of lie you have in the rough.  They also removed thousands of trees to allow more sunlight to hit the greens and allow for the layout changes of the course.  These changes should make the course play more difficult than it has in the past.

The course will play as a Par 72 coming in at 7,442 yards.  This is a much shorter layout from last years PGA Championship.  The closing three hole stretch is known as the “Green Mile” and should lead to some exciting, or tilting, few holes of golf. Last year I spent the week at Quail Hollow for the PGA Championship and walked this course as much as the caddies. Check out my key holes below.

 

Key Holes

Hole 1 – PAR 4, 524 YDS

This hole went under major changes for the PGA Championship and it is LONG. Players are looking for a left to right tee shot that will have an elevated landing zone to hit into the green. The green is protected by two large bunkers surrounding the front, with another along the back. Tee shot and approach are key.

Hole 4 – PAR 3, 184 YDS

This is the first par 3 on the course and it was the former 5th hole. The green is framed by surrounding pine trees towering the hole and the green is sneaky with undulation throughout. The trees can make it tricky with blocking wind, you do not want to be short or long on this hole. Up and down can be very difficult.

Hole 5 – PAR 4, 449 YDS

This is another new hole since the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship and it plays down hill. The hole has a dog leg right and the green actually sits on a slope. As you can see below you need an accurate tee shot to find the fairway and avoid the bunkers on either side. The green is very narrow on the approach with a sloping green surrounding by a front right bunker.

Hole 18 – PAR 4, 494 YDS

As far as finishing holes go, I think this is one of the most exciting in all of golf. You have a creek that is in play from your first shot until you reach the green. There is a large bunker on the right landing zone from your tee shot you have to maneuver as well. The green here is sloped as well, and you have to avoid the creek surrounding that back left side of the green.

Previous Winners

2017 Brian Harman (Eagle Point)
2016 James Hahn
2015 Rory McIlroy
2014 J.B Holmes
2013 Derek Ernst
2012 Rickie Fowler

Weather

 

Key Statistics

  • SG: T2G
  • GIR%
  • SG: OTT
  • Par 4 Scoring
  • SG: Approach
  • Scrambling

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