Golf Club of Houston (Tournament Course) Hole by Hole - 1st Hole

Golf Club of Houston (Tournament Course), Texas

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The first hole at Golf Club of Houston (Tournament Course) is a challenging par 4 that plays 395 yards from the championship tees. The fairway has a slight dogleg left, with an approximate width of 29 yards. There are 6 bunkers throughout the hole, with only 1% on the green itself. Depending on wind and temperature conditions, players may need to club up or down for their tee shot in order to hit it straight and avoid any hazards along the way. Most golfers will be hitting anywhere between their driver (~217 yards) and 7 iron (~140 yards) off the tee depending on weather conditions and how much risk they’re willing to take. The approach shot should also be taken into consideration when planning your strategy for this hole as there is water just short of the green which can make things tricky if you come up too short with your second shot.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 395 yards

Handicap: 17

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Slight dogleg

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

Club Recommendations

1. Consider the wind and temperature conditions when selecting a club off the tee, as this will affect how far you can hit your ball.

2. Aim for the center of the fairway, which is approximately 29 yards wide, to give yourself an easier approach shot into the green.

3. If possible, use a club that allows you to hit a draw or fade in order to avoid any bunkers or hazards along the way.

4. Avoid hitting too long with your second shot as there is water just short of the green that could make things difficult if you come up short with your approach shot.

5. Be mindful of where pin placements are located on each hole so that you can adjust accordingly and play towards them strategically throughout your round of golf

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

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