Merion Golf Club (East Course) Hole by Hole - 14th Hole

Merion Golf Club (East Course), Pennsylvania

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Hole 14 at Merion Golf Club’s East Course is a challenging par 4 measuring 408 yards from the championship tees. It's rated 12 on the handicap scale and is a slight dogleg left with an average fairway width of 33 yards. The green area measures 14,341 sq ft and there are 7 bunkers located around it, 2% of which are greenside.

This hole plays differently depending on the season due to weather conditions. In spring, wind can be an issue so golfers should factor that in when selecting clubs for their tee shot and approach shots. In summer, altitude can affect ball flight so golfers should adjust accordingly when using longer clubs like drivers or woods. During autumn months, temperatures tend to be milder but players need to watch out for gusty winds that could cause unexpected movement off the clubface during their swing. Finally in winter months, air temperature drops significantly making it important for golfers to use more lofted clubs as they will travel further than normal through the cold air density.

Given these conditions and distance considerations (driver ~217 yards; 7 iron ~140 yards; pitching wedge ~120 yards), we recommend playing this hole with a driver off the tee followed by either a long iron or hybrid into the green depending on how far you want your second shot to carry over any hazards between you and your target line. Playing conservatively may also be an option if there are trees blocking your desired path towards the pin - in this case select something like a 3 wood or 5 wood off the tee then follow up with mid-iron into position near flagstick location for easier birdie putt opportunities later on during your round!

Teebox type: Pro

Par: 4

Distance: 408 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 approaching the green, players should avoid hitting directly into any of the 7 bunkers located around it as these can be difficult to escape from. Instead, aim for a spot on the fairway that is short and left of the green or right side if there are no obstructions in your way. This will give you a better angle for your approach shot while also allowing more room for error when making contact with ball. Finally, pay attention to pin placement and adjust accordingly - if flagstick is located towards back of green then select higher lofted club like pitching wedge as this will provide more control over distance traveled towards target line!

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

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