Riviera Country Club, The Hole by Hole - 1st Hole

Riviera Country Club, The, California

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Hole 1 at Riviera Country Club is a par 5 with a dogleg left. The fundamental strategy here is to hit a precise tee shot to the right side of the fairway to set up a manageable second shot into the green. Avoiding the bunkers and rough is crucial for a chance at birdie or eagle.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 5

Distance: 503 yards

Handicap: 17

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Slight dogleg

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

Club Recommendations

Low Handicapper

For low handicappers, this hole offers an opportunity for an aggressive approach. With the ability to carry most of the fairway bunkers, aim your tee shot to cut the dogleg and get as close to the green as possible. A driver off the tee and a long iron or hybrid should set up a short approach shot. Focus on accuracy to avoid the greenside bunkers and aim for an eagle or birdie.

Medium Handicapper

Medium handicappers should play this hole strategically. A well-placed tee shot with a fairway wood or hybrid to the right side of the fairway leaves a manageable layup distance. Lay up short of the fairway bunkers and aim for a wedge approach to the green. Concentrate on hitting the green in regulation for a chance at par.

High Handicapper

High handicappers should prioritize accuracy over distance on this hole. Use a hybrid or long iron off the tee to ensure a straight shot to the fairway's widest point. A layup to the optimal distance for your wedge approach is critical. Avoid risky shots and focus on finding the green in regulation. Par is an achievable goal for high handicappers.

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

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