Pebble Beach Golf Links Hole by Hole - 3rd Hole

Pebble Beach Golf Links, California

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Hole 3 at Pebble Beach Golf Links, a 374-yard par 4, features a slight dogleg left and a relatively narrow fairway, emphasizing the importance of accuracy off the tee. The presence of greenside bunkers and a large green area make strategic club selection and careful approach shots essential, especially considering variable wind conditions.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 374 yards

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Slight dogleg

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

Club Recommendations

High Handicapper: High handicappers should focus on placing their tee shot accurately on the fairway, potentially using a hybrid or a fairway wood for better control. The second shot, with about 170-180 yards to the green, should prioritize precision over distance. Choosing a club like a fairway wood or a long iron can help manage the approach, especially in windy conditions. The large green size requires careful aiming, preferably leaving an uphill putt to navigate the 6510 square foot green.

Medium Handicapper: Medium handicappers should aim for a controlled tee shot with a driver or a 3-wood, depending on wind conditions. This approach aims to leave a second shot of around 140-150 yards. A mid-iron is ideal for this distance, focusing on accuracy to avoid greenside bunkers and position well on the large green. Wind conditions should be a key factor in club choice, with an emphasis on landing an approach that sets up a manageable putt.

Low Handicapper: Low handicappers, capable of longer drives, should use their distance advantage while maintaining accuracy to set up a shorter approach. A strong tee shot with a driver or a 3-wood can leave less than 120 yards to the green. The approach shot, likely with a short iron or a wedge, should be precise to navigate the bunkers and take full advantage of the large green. Seasonal wind variations and temperature effects on ball flight are critical considerations for the approach.

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

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