Merion Golf Club (East Course) Hole by Hole - 5th Hole

Merion Golf Club (East Course), Pennsylvania

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Hole 5 at Merion Golf Club (East Course) in Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003 is a medium length par 4. From the Pro tee box it plays 418 yards and from the Men's 405 yards and Women's 390 yards. The fairway has a slight dogleg left with an approximate width of 39 yards. There are five bunkers placed strategically throughout the hole, one of which is greenside for added challenge. The green area measures 13696 sq ft., so there is plenty of room to land your approach shot on the putting surface.

The altitude and temperature can change drastically across all four seasons here at Merion Golf Club, so be sure to factor this into your club selection off the tee as well as when you’re hitting your approach shots into the green. A driver will get you close to 217 yards while a 7 iron should travel around 140 yards and pitching wedge 120yards - these distances may vary depending on conditions though! With careful consideration, you can make smart decisions that will help improve your scorecard here at Hole 5!

Teebox type: Pro

Par: 4

Distance: 418 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

For the tee shot, aim to hit your drive down the right side of the fairway. This will give you a better angle into the green and leave you with an easier approach shot. Avoid hitting too far left as this will bring bunkers into play, making it harder to get on in regulation.

The second shot should be played with precision in mind. There are five bunkers placed strategically throughout the hole, so accuracy is key here! Aim for a spot that is just short of or slightly beyond these hazards to ensure you have an easy pitch onto the green. If possible, try to land your ball on one of Merion’s large greenside mounds which can help stop any errant shots from rolling off back down towards danger!

Finally, when playing your approach shots onto Hole 5's green keep in mind that there is plenty of room - 13696 sq ft - so don't feel like you need to be perfect with every swing! A little extra club might even help make sure you reach safety if needed and avoid those tricky bunker placements around the putting surface.

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

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