Riviera Country Club, The Hole by Hole - 3rd Hole

Riviera Country Club, The, California

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Hole 3 at Riviera Country Club is a demanding par 4, stretching 434 yards from the Championship tees. This hole presents a slight dogleg to the right, requiring precision off the tee to set up favorable approach angles. The fairway, 39 yards wide, offers some margin for error. Players should note the elevation of the championship tee, approximately 400 feet above sea level, which can influence ball flight. Greenside bunkers pose a challenge, so accuracy is critical when approaching the large green.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 434 yards

Handicap: 5

Green Area:


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Slight dogleg

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Bunker Count:



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

Club Recommendations

High Handicappers:

High handicappers should prioritize accuracy over distance on this challenging hole. A three-wood or hybrid club off the tee can help them stay on the fairway and avoid potential hazards caused by unpredictable wind conditions. With an average 7-iron distance of 140 yards, they should aim for a safe approach distance of around 130-140 yards to the green, factoring in wind and altitude. Focus on hitting the fairway and avoiding bunkers for a chance at a bogey or better.

Medium Handicappers:

Medium handicappers can consider using a driver for the tee shot, but they must pay attention to wind direction and adjust their club selection accordingly. With an average 7-iron distance of 160 yards, aiming for an approach distance of 150-160 yards is a solid strategy. Careful placement off the tee and precision on approach shots can set them up for par or better.

Low Handicappers:

Low handicappers have the skill to handle a driver off the tee, but they should still assess wind conditions. With a 7 iron that averages 185 yards, they can confidently aim for an approach distance of 175-185 yards. Their goal should be to hit the fairway consistently, avoid bunkers, and position themselves for a birdie opportunity or better.

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

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