National Golf Links of America Hole by Hole - 18th Hole

National Golf Links of America, New York

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Hole 18 at the National Golf Links of America is a par 5, 502 yards from the championship tees and 478 yards from the men's tees. It features a slight dogleg left with an approximate fairway width of 69 yards. The green area measures 32428 square feet and has one percent greenside bunkers. This hole can be particularly challenging depending on weather conditions throughout the year as temperature, altitude, and wind all affect ball flight trajectory.

For most golfers, this hole will require two strong shots to reach in regulation: a driver off the tee followed by an iron approach shot onto the green. With good execution and favorable weather conditions, golfers may have an opportunity to go for it in two shots with their driver reaching over 200 yards off the tee followed by a 7 or 8 iron into the green depending on yardage remaining. As always when playing this course, careful consideration should be given to club selection based on local climate conditions such as temperature & wind direction that day which can significantly impact ball flight distances even for experienced players!

Teebox type: Pro

Par: 5

Distance: 502 yards

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Slight dogleg

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

Club Recommendations

When it comes to the tee shot, don't try to cut too much off the dogleg. Aim for the center of the fairway and hit a straight drive that will carry you over 200 yards. If playing from the men's tees, this should leave you with an approach shot of around 180-200 yards.

For your second shot, club selection is key as wind direction and temperature can significantly affect ball flight distances even for experienced players! Consider using a 7 or 8 iron depending on how far away from the green you are after your initial drive. Choose a club that will give you enough distance to reach but not go past the green in case there is any wind resistance. Be sure to factor in any elevation changes when selecting clubs so that your ball has enough height to make it onto the 32428 square foot green area without hitting into one of its 1% greenside bunkers!

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

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