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Pebble Beach Golf Links Hole by Hole - 9th Hole

Pebble Beach Golf Links, California

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Hole 9 at Pebble Beach, a 462-yard par 4, challenges golfers with its slight dogleg right and a narrow 37-yard wide fairway. The green, at 6049 square feet with four surrounding bunkers, requires careful navigation. Weather conditions, such as windy springs, mild summers with altitude considerations, cool autumns, and potentially wet winters, add complexity to both tee and approach shots. With water hazards near the fairway bunker, smart club choice is essential.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 462 yards

Green Area:

6049

Approx Fairway Width:

37

Has Water:

True

Curvature:

Slight dogleg

Percent Bunkers Near green:

1

Bunker Count:

4

Bunkers:

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

Club Recommendations

High Handicapper: High handicappers should focus on a controlled tee shot, possibly with a 3-wood or a high-lofted driver, to stay within the narrow fairway and avoid water hazards. The second shot, likely with a mid-iron, should be aimed to avoid bunkers and land safely on the green. Adapt club selection to the seasonal conditions, taking into account the potential for added distance in windy or wet conditions.

Medium Handicapper: Medium handicappers might use a driver off the tee but should prioritize accuracy over distance to navigate the dogleg and avoid hazards. The approach shot will likely require a 7-iron or a pitching wedge, depending on the pin location and fairway position. Weather factors, especially wind and altitude changes, should be a key consideration in club and shot selection.

Low Handicapper: Low handicappers can leverage their driving distance while still focusing on accuracy to avoid the fairway bunker and water hazards. A well-placed drive sets up a shorter approach, likely with a short iron, to target the large green. Adapting to the varying weather conditions and considering the greens' speed in different seasons are crucial for a successful approach and putt.

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

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