Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Hole by Hole - 1st Hole

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, New York

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The first hole at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is a par 4 measuring 391 yards from the Pro tees, 380 yards from the Men's tees and 366 yards from the Women's tees. The slight dogleg right presents an opportunity for players to cut off some of the distance by taking advantage of their tee shot placement. The fairway width is approximately 50 yards wide with five bunkers scattered throughout, two percent of which are located on the green itself. With 11638 sq ft of green area, accuracy will be essential in order to have a good look at birdie or even eagle on this hole.

Given its length and layout, club selection off the tee should depend heavily on local weather conditions across all four seasons; altitude, temperature and wind can all affect ball flight significantly here. A driver hit 217 yards usually provides plenty of distance when playing downwind but may require more control when playing into a headwind; if you’re playing into a strong wind it might be best to switch over to a 3-wood or hybrid for more control off the tee.

For your approach shot, depending on how far you are away from pin location you may want to consider using either your 7 iron (140 yard carry) or pitching wedge (120 yard carry). If there any greenside bunkers nearby then it would be wise to opt for one extra club in order to ensure that your ball lands safely onto dry ground before rolling towards pin location. In addition, keep an eye out for any slopes around green as these could potentially add additional spin onto your shots and cause them roll further than expected upon landing!

Teebox type: Pro

Par: 4

Distance: 391 yards

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Slight dogleg

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

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Finally, when putting, pay attention to the green’s contours and read the break in order to determine where your ball is most likely going. This will help you line up your putt correctly and allow for a better chance of sinking it!

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

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