Yellowstone Country Club Hole by Hole - 9th Hole

Yellowstone Country Club, Montana

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Hole 9 at Yellowstone Country Club is a challenging par 4, measuring in at 464 yards from the championship tees. As the number one handicap hole on the course, it requires careful strategy and precision to successfully navigate.

The fairway on this hole is approximately 40 yards wide, providing some room for error off the tee. However, with a slight dogleg left and six bunkers strategically placed throughout the hole, accuracy is still key. The average golfer should aim to hit their driver around 217 yards off the tee to leave them with a comfortable approach shot.

One of the main challenges on this hole is its length. At nearly half a mile long, players will need to use their longer clubs off the tee and for their approach shots. With that being said, altitude may come into play as Yellowstone Country Club sits at an elevation of over 3,000 feet above sea level in Billings, Montana. This can cause balls to fly slightly farther than they would at sea level.

As for weather conditions, players may experience varying temperatures throughout each season in Montana. In colder months such as fall and winter, golfers may see shorter ball flight due to lower temperatures and potentially strong winds coming down from nearby mountains. During warmer months like spring and summer however, ball flight may be slightly longer due to higher temperatures.

Approaching this green requires even more precision as there are only six greenside bunkers on this large putting surface which measures in at over 9,300 square feet. While these bunkers only make up about one percent of total bunker coverage on this hole (a small percentage compared to other holes), they are strategically placed near both sides of the green making it crucial for players not to miss long or short.

With all factors considered – including altitude changes and potential weather impacts – our recommendation for club selection off both tee box and approach shot would be using a driver (~217 yards), 7 iron (~140 yards) and pitching wedge (~120 yards). This will provide the average golfer with a good chance at scoring well on this challenging but rewarding hole.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 464 yards

Handicap: 1

Green Area:


Approx Fairway Width:


Has Water:



Slight dogleg

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Bunker Count:



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

Club Recommendations

1. Aim for accuracy off the tee: With a narrow fairway and strategically placed bunkers, it is important to prioritize accuracy over distance on this hole. Using a driver that can hit around 217 yards will provide enough distance while still allowing for more control.

2. Take advantage of altitude changes: At an elevation of over 3,000 feet above sea level, balls may fly slightly farther than usual. Keep this in mind when selecting clubs for your approach shot.

3. Be prepared for varying weather conditions: Montana's climate can bring about different temperatures and winds throughout each season. Adjust your club selection accordingly to account for potential changes in ball flight.

4. Use longer clubs off the tee and approach shots: Due to the length of this hole, using longer clubs such as a driver off the tee and a 7 iron or pitching wedge for approach shots will give you the best chance at reaching the green in regulation.

5. Avoid greenside bunkers at all costs: Only six greenside bunkers are present on this large putting surface, but they are strategically placed near both sides of the green making it crucial not to miss long or short.

6. Stick with recommended club selections (~217 yards with driver, ~140 yards with 7 iron, ~120 yards with pitching wedge): Based on all factors considered (altitude changes and potential weather impacts), these club selections will provide you with a good chance at scoring well on this challenging but rewarding hole.

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

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