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Pebble Beach Golf Links Hole by Hole - 16th Hole

Pebble Beach Golf Links, California

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Hole 16, a 401-yard par 4 at Pebble Beach, presents a slight dogleg right with a fairway width of 56 yards. The green, measuring 6080 sq ft, is defended by 7 bunkers, with 2% greenside. Coastal winds, particularly strong in summer, significantly impact ball flight, while foggy conditions in fall and winter and rain in spring add to the challenge. Tee shots should be around 217 yards or less, depending on wind conditions, setting up a mid-iron approach that avoids the greenside bunkers. The approach shot, possibly with a 7-iron or a pitching wedge, should focus on control and accuracy, especially near the bunker-lined green.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 401 yards

Green Area:

6080

Approx Fairway Width:

56

Has Water:

False

Curvature:

Slight dogleg

Percent Bunkers Near green:

2

Bunker Count:

7

Bunkers:

Some fairway bunkers, with the majority (51%) strategically placed around the area.

Club Recommendations

High Handicapper: High handicappers should use a club off the tee that ensures fairway placement, like a fairway wood or a hybrid. For the approach, a mid to high iron is recommended, focusing on landing safely on the green while managing the wind. Careful club selection for the approach is crucial, with emphasis on accuracy over distance to avoid the bunkers.

Medium Handicapper: Medium handicappers might opt for a controlled driver off the tee, aiming for precision and considering the wind direction. The approach shot, likely with a 7-iron, should focus on landing softly on the green and controlling the backspin, especially near the hazards. The changing weather conditions, including fog and rain, must be considered for shot planning.

Low Handicapper: Low handicappers can utilize their driving distance but should prioritize accuracy due to the dogleg and bunker layout. The approach, potentially with a short to mid-iron, requires precision, aiming for a spot on the green that allows for an advantageous putt. Adapting to the wind and weather, and making necessary adjustments in club selection and shot execution, is key for a successful play.

"The most important shot in golf is the next one."
- Ben Hogan

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