Chambers Bay Golf Course Hole by Hole - 13th Hole

Chambers Bay Golf Course, Washington

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Hole 13 at Chambers Bay Golf Course is a challenging par 5 measuring 534 yards from the championship tees. With a handicap of 4, it is one of the more difficult holes on the course. The hole features a slight dogleg to the right and has two bunkers strategically placed along the fairway.

Off the tee, players should aim for accuracy over distance as there are no hazards in play. A driver may be too much club for some golfers, so consider using a fairway wood or long iron to find the generous fairway that measures approximately 85 yards wide.

The approach shot into this large green will require precise distance control due to its size of over 12,000 square feet. Depending on weather conditions and elevation changes, players can expect their shots to fly slightly shorter than usual. For example, during warmer seasons with lower altitude and less wind, a golfer hitting an average drive of 217 yards may want to use their longest iron or hybrid for their second shot instead of attempting to reach the green in two.

There are no greenside bunkers on this hole which gives players some room for error around the putting surface. However, they must still navigate any subtle breaks and undulations on this expansive green in order to have a chance at birdie or par.

Overall, Hole 13 requires strategic planning off both tee and approach shots in order to score well. Playing smart angles off the tee followed by accurate approaches will give golfers their best opportunity at making birdie or saving par on this challenging but rewarding par five.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 5

Distance: 534 yards

Handicap: 4

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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. Focus on accuracy off the tee rather than distance.

2. Consider using a fairway wood or long iron instead of a driver to find the wide fairway.

3. Take into account weather conditions and elevation changes for approach shots.

4. Use longer irons or hybrids for second shots if needed, rather than attempting to reach the green in two.

5. Pay attention to any subtle breaks and undulations on the large green when putting.

6. Plan strategic angles off both tee and approach shots for better scoring opportunities.

7. Aim for birdie or par rather than trying to make an aggressive play for eagle.

8. Don't be afraid to lay up short of the green if necessary, as there are no greenside bunkers to worry about.

9. Stay focused and patient throughout this challenging hole, as it can still provide opportunities for scoring well with smart play.

10 . Remember that playing smart and avoiding hazards is key on Hole 13 at Chambers Bay Golf Course in order to achieve success on this difficult par 5 hole.

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

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