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Merion Golf Club (East Course) Hole by Hole - 1st Hole

Merion Golf Club (East Course), Pennsylvania

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Hole 1 at Merion Golf Club is a par 4 that stretches 362 yards from the Championship tees. It has a slight dogleg to the right, so keep your tee shot left of center and avoid the nine bunkers scattered throughout the fairway. The green measures 10164 sq ft and features four percent greenside bunkers, so be sure to take into account how much distance you need on your approach shots in order to stick it close. In windy conditions, aim for the middle of the fairway as you can get some extra roll out due to its slightly elevated terrain. During summer months, temperatures can reach high levels which may cause your ball flight to carry further than normal; adjust accordingly when selecting clubs off the tee or on approach shots. With an average drive of 217 yards and 7 iron 140 yards, playing conservatively with a 3 wood off of the tee might be wise if accuracy is more important than distance in this situation.

Teebox type: Pro

Par: 4

Distance: 362 yards

Green Area:

10164

Approx Fairway Width:

45

Has Water:

False

Curvature:

Slight dogleg

Percent Bunkers Near green:

4

Bunker Count:

9

Bunkers:

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

Club Recommendations

1. Aim for the left side of the fairway off the tee to avoid nine bunkers scattered throughout.

2. Take into account how much distance you need on your approach shots in order to stick it close to the 10164 sq ft green with four percent greenside bunkers.

3. In windy conditions, aim for the middle of the fairway as you can get some extra roll out due to its slightly elevated terrain.

4. During summer months, temperatures can reach high levels which may cause your ball flight to carry further than normal; adjust accordingly when selecting clubs off the tee or on approach shots.

5. Consider playing conservatively with a 3 wood off of the tee if accuracy is more important than distance in this situation given an average drive of 217 yards and 7 iron 140 yards

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

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