Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course) Hole by Hole - 12th Hole

Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), New York

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Hole 12 at Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course) is a par 5 with a slight dogleg left. With only 7% of bunkers on the green, playing for an aggressive approach shot to reach the large green area of 9949 sq ft could provide the best scoring potential. However, careful consideration must be given to weather conditions, as altitude and wind may greatly impact ball flight and risk calculations.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 5

Distance: 535 yards

Green Area:


Approx Fairway Width:


Has Water:



Slight dogleg

Percent Bunkers Near green:


Bunker Count:



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

Club Recommendations

Playing Tips for Low Handicappers:

For low handicappers, the key to success on this hole is an accurate tee shot that sets up a favorable approach to the green. With a drive of 280+ yards, you have the potential to reach this par 5 in two shots and give yourself a chance at eagle. However, keep in mind that Winged Foot Golf Club is located at an elevation of approximately 100 feet above sea level, so be prepared for some extra distance on your drives. If there are strong winds blowing from left to right, consider aiming your tee shot towards the fairway bunker on the left side of the dogleg and use it as a target line.

When approaching this large green area of almost 10,000 square feet, make sure you take into account any crosswinds or headwinds that may affect your ball flight. With only 7% of bunkers on the green itself, don't be afraid to go for an aggressive approach shot if you're feeling confident with your club selection and wind calculations. However, if conditions are not favorable or if there's water lurking beyond the back edge of the green, it may be wise to lay up and play for a safe birdie instead.

Playing Tips for Mid Handicappers:

Mid handicappers should focus on hitting their tee shots straight down the fairway rather than trying to cut off too much yardage by taking risks near hazards. With a drive averaging around 230+ yards, playing smart will set you up nicely for reaching this par 5 in three shots. Keep in mind that even though there are only five bunkers scattered throughout this hole's layout, they can come into play if you hit errant shots off either side of the fairway.

As with all players tackling Hole #12 at Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), understanding how altitude and wind may impact your ball flight is crucial here. If you're facing a headwind, consider using an extra club on your approach shot to ensure you have enough carry distance to reach the green. And if there's a crosswind blowing from right to left, be cautious of the fairway bunker on the right side and aim for the middle of the green instead.

Playing Tips for High Handicappers:

For high handicappers, this hole presents an opportunity to play smart and avoid any big numbers on your scorecard. With a drive averaging around 200+ yards, focus on keeping your tee shot in play by aiming towards the center of the fairway and avoiding any potential hazards or bunkers. With only 7% of bunkers on the green itself, don't worry too much about hitting into them off your approach shot – just make sure you give yourself enough room to hit onto this large putting surface.

When it comes to dealing with altitude and wind conditions at Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), high handicappers should take extra care in selecting their clubs and shots accordingly. Don't be afraid to lay up short of any water hazards or bunkers near the green if necessary – playing for par is always better than risking a higher score by trying to go for hero shots that may not pay off. Keep it simple and stay focused throughout this challenging par 5!

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

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