Course Renovation in Progress

The First Five Holes on Paper

May 3, 13 • NewsComments OffRead More »

Yes, the fairways will be more welcoming, and the greens more receptive, but the first five holes are shaping up to be a bear.

From the championship tees:

No. 1: 451-yard par 4 (previously 413)

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The first green complex, with slope from the left feeding into the green.

No. 2: 219-yard par 3 (previously 172)

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The second green shortly after it was shaped.

No. 3: 445-yard par 4 (previously 406)

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The first bunker of the renovation project has been carved out left of the third green.

No. 4: 615-yard par 5 (previously 550)

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The fourth hole used to a a double-dogleg, but you can actually see the tee box from the green now.

No. 5: 477-yard par 4 (previously 428)

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The lake on the fifth hole is gone, as it will be replaced by a natural sandy area. The elevation of the sandy area is similar to the trees on the right side of the fairway. A new tee box has added nearly 50 yards.

The front nine will stay a par 36, but stretch out to 3,797 yards, more than 300 yards longer than the previous version. The back nine will be just 3,266, or 115 yards shorter than what you are used to. The 12th hole will be shortened by 103 yards, but No. 14 isĀ drivableĀ for the adventurous as a 352-yard dogleg, 44 yards shorter than before.

So if you get off to a tough start at Poppy Hills, hang in there. Birdie chances will be waiting for you on the back nine.

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