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Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course) Hole by Hole - 17th Hole

Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), New York

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The 17th hole at Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course) is a challenging par 4, with a slight dogleg right and five bunkers strategically placed throughout the fairway. Careful consideration of wind conditions and ball flight will be essential for optimal scoring potential on this hole.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 449 yards

Green Area:

7769

Approx Fairway Width:

30

Has Water:

False

Curvature:

Slight dogleg

Percent Bunkers Near green:

6

Bunker Count:

5

Bunkers:

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

Club Recommendations

Low Handicapper:

The low handicapper should have no problem reaching the green in regulation on this long par 4. With a drive distance of over 280 yards, they will likely have a short iron or wedge into the green. However, with five strategically placed bunkers throughout the fairway, it’s important for them to consider wind conditions and ball flight when selecting their club off the tee. A well-placed drive can give them an advantage for a birdie opportunity.

Mid Handicapper:

The mid handicapper may struggle more on this hole due to its length and slight dogleg right. With a drive distance of around 230 yards, they may need to use a longer iron or hybrid off the tee to avoid ending up in one of the fairway bunkers. It’s also important for them to pay attention to wind conditions as it could impact their ball flight and potentially put them at risk for landing in one of the greenside bunkers.

High Handicapper:

For the high handicapper, avoiding mistakes is key on this challenging par 4. With a shorter drive distance of around 200 yards, they may need to use multiple shots just to reach the green in regulation. It’s crucial for them to carefully select their clubs and aim towards safer areas on both their tee shot and approach shot. The five fairway bunkers can easily come into play if not careful.

Weather Considerations:

Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course) experiences all four seasons throughout the year which can greatly impact playing conditions on this hole. In colder temperatures during fall and winter months, players may experience less carry distance due to denser air at higher altitudes. Windy conditions are also common at Winged Foot which can make club selection tricky.

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

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