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Pebble Beach Golf Links Hole by Hole - 2nd Hole

Pebble Beach Golf Links, California

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Hole 2 at Pebble Beach, a 502-yard par 5 with a slight dogleg right, calls for strategic tee shots down the left side of the fairway to set up an effective approach to a large, bunker-guarded green. Weather conditions, especially wind variations, are key factors in club selection and overall strategy."

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 5

Distance: 502 yards

Green Area:

5988

Approx Fairway Width:

44

Has Water:

False

Curvature:

Slight dogleg

Percent Bunkers Near green:

6

Bunker Count:

9

Bunkers:

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

Club Recommendations

High Handicapper: High handicappers should aim for a solid 200-yard drive towards the left side of the fairway, balancing distance with accuracy to avoid the bunkers flanking the landing zone. This leaves a considerable distance for the second shot, so using a fairway wood or a long iron is advisable to gain yardage while maintaining control. The approach to the green demands precision, particularly with the six percent of bunkers greenside. Be mindful of the changing weather conditions, especially the wind, which can significantly affect club selection and shot planning.

Medium Handicapper: Medium handicappers playing from the middle tees should target a drive around 230 yards, favoring the left side of the fairway to avoid hazards. The second shot is crucial and should be played with a fairway wood or a hybrid, aiming to get close to the green while steering clear of the bunkers. The approach shot to the 5988 square foot green requires careful club selection, considering both distance and the greenside bunker layout. Weather, particularly wind speed and direction, must be factored into every shot.

Low Handicapper : Low handicappers can capitalize on their driving distance, aiming for over 280 yards down the left fairway to set up a potential eagle opportunity. The key is to position the second shot strategically, potentially reaching the green in two with a long iron or a fairway wood, depending on the wind and weather conditions. Precision in the approach is vital to navigate the nine bunkers surrounding the hole. The varying weather near Monterey Bay, especially wind changes, should be a constant consideration in strategy and club choice.

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

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