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Pebble Beach Golf Links Hole by Hole - 1st Hole

Pebble Beach Golf Links, California

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Hole 1 at Pebble Beach, a 376-yard par 4, presents a slight dogleg right with a broad fairway and greenside bunkers. Playing smartly off the tee to the left side, while accounting for the ocean breeze, sets up a favorable approach to a large, bunker-surrounded green.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 376 yards

Green Area:

6633

Approx Fairway Width:

40

Has Water:

False

Curvature:

Slight dogleg

Percent Bunkers Near green:

5

Bunker Count:

5

Bunkers:

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

Club Recommendations

High Handicapper: High handicappers should aim for a drive around 200 yards, focusing on landing on the left side of the fairway to avoid hazards on the right. This strategic placement is crucial to mitigate the effect of the ocean breeze. With an approach shot of around 170-180 yards left, select a club that offers both distance and control, such as a fairway wood or a hybrid. Approach the large green with caution, mindful of the bunkers that cover 5% of its surface.

Medium Handicapper: From the middle tees, medium handicappers should target a 230-yard drive towards the left side of the fairway, taking advantage of the wider landing area to steer clear of the right-side hazards. This leaves an approach shot of about 140-150 yards. Use a mid-iron for this shot, considering both the green's size and the surrounding bunkers. Be particularly attentive to the wind's direction and speed, especially during the windier winter months."

Low Handicapper: For low handicappers at the championship tees, a powerful drive over 280 yards aimed down the left side can significantly shorten the hole. The goal is to leave an approach of under 100 yards, allowing for a precise short iron or wedge shot to the green. The large green size requires careful club selection and shot planning, especially considering the greenside bunkers. Additionally, factor in the ocean breeze and seasonal wind variations to optimize ball flight and landing.

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

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