Pebble Beach Golf Links Hole by Hole - 5th Hole

Pebble Beach Golf Links, California

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Hole 5 at Pebble Beach, a par 3 ranging from 113 to 187 yards, demands precision off the tee. With an average green size of 5773 sq ft and four bunkers, 7% greenside, players must carefully consider wind direction, which varies seasonally, to select the right club and achieve the necessary accuracy.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 3

Distance: 187 yards

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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 choosing the right club for their tee box. From the Men's tees, a 9-iron to pitching wedge is recommended, while Women's tees may require a pitching wedge to a sand wedge. The key is to prioritize accuracy to avoid the bunkers. Practice swings can be useful to gauge the right club and swing strength, especially considering wind conditions, which can significantly affect ball flight.

Medium Handicapper: Medium handicappers should consider using a strong 7-iron or 8-iron from the Pro tees, adapting to the day's conditions. From the Men's tees, a 9-iron to a pitching wedge would be appropriate. Attention to wind direction and speed is crucial, as it can greatly impact ball trajectory. Aim for accuracy, focusing on a smooth, controlled swing to land the ball safely on the green.

Low Handicapper: Low handicappers playing from the Championship tees will need a solid mid-iron or hybrid shot. The emphasis should be on precision to navigate the greenside bunkers. Understanding the wind's impact, especially from the northwest in summer and south-southwest in winter, is vital for club selection and aiming. Even for skilled players, accuracy is more important than distance on this hole.

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

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