PGA West (TPC Stadium course) Hole by Hole - 3rd Hole

PGA West (TPC Stadium course), California

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Hole 3 at PGA West (TPC Stadium course) is a 471-yard par 4 for championship tees, 448 yards from the pro tees, 383 yards from men's tees and 356 yards from women's tees. This slight dogleg left hole requires an accurate tee shot to avoid the three fairway bunkers that come into play on this hole. The green area is 8107 square feet with 6% of it occupied by bunkers, so accuracy off the tee will be paramount in order to set up a good approach shot. Depending on your skill level and playing conditions, you may want to use anywhere between a driver and a 7 iron off the tee as well as any club ranging from pitching wedge all the way up to 5 iron for your approach. Because of its location in La Quinta, California 92253, weather can vary drastically throughout all four seasons; during summer months temperatures can reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit while winter brings cold fronts with wind speeds reaching 20 mph or more which could affect ball flight conditions significantly.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 471 yards

Handicap: 3

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Slight dogleg

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

Club Recommendations

Playing Tips:

1. Be sure to factor in the weather conditions when selecting your club off the tee and for your approach shot. Wind speed and direction can have a major impact on ball flight, so be prepared with clubs that will help you adjust accordingly.

2. Accuracy is key on this hole; try to stay away from the three fairway bunkers and aim for the center of the green area as much as possible. Use a club that you are comfortable with off the tee that will give you enough distance without sacrificing accuracy too much.

3. The green area has 6% of it occupied by bunkers, so if you don't feel confident about hitting it close use an iron instead of a wedge for your approach shot in order to avoid any potential hazards around or near the green area itself (bunkers).

4. Choose wisely between driver and 7 iron off the tee depending on skill level; if needed use more conservative clubs such as 4-5 irons off tees at men's/women's tees in order to keep shots within fairways while still providing enough distance towards greenside areas

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

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