Chambers Bay Golf Course Hole by Hole - 3rd Hole

Chambers Bay Golf Course, Washington

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Hole 3 at Chambers Bay Golf Course is a challenging par 3 that requires precision and strategy to score well. Located in University Place, Washington with zip code 98467, this course offers stunning views of the Puget Sound and is known for its links-style design.

From the championship tees, Hole 3 measures at a distance of 165 yards. With a handicap of 17, it may seem like an easy hole but don't be fooled by its ranking. This hole can easily become one of your toughest challenges on the course.

The tee shot on Hole 3 requires accuracy as there are five bunkers strategically placed around the green. These greenside bunkers make up only about twelve percent of the total area but they can quickly ruin your chances for par or better if you find yourself in one.

Local weather conditions play a significant role in how this hole plays out throughout each season. In warmer months, golfers may experience strong winds coming off the Puget Sound which can impact ball flight and make club selection more difficult. During colder months, altitude changes due to cooler temperatures may also affect ball flight.

For our average golfer who hits a driver ~217 yards off the tee, we recommend using either an iron or hybrid club to ensure accuracy rather than trying to reach for extra distance with their driver. A well-placed shot will leave you with a manageable approach to the green.

On approach shots from approximately ~140 yards (7 iron) or ~120 yards (pitching wedge), it's important to take into account any wind or elevation changes that may affect your shot trajectory. The large green measuring at over ten thousand square feet provides plenty of room for error but beware of any pin placements near those pesky bunkers!

Overall, Hole 3 at Chambers Bay Golf Course is not one to underestimate despite its relatively low handicap rating. With strategic planning and precise execution on both tee shots and approach shots, you can conquer this challenging par 3 and move on to the next hole with confidence.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 3

Distance: 165 yards

Handicap: 17

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

Club Recommendations

1. Use an iron or hybrid club off the tee instead of a driver to ensure accuracy and avoid the strategically placed bunkers.

2. Take into account any weather conditions, such as strong winds or altitude changes, when selecting your club for approach shots.

3. Aim for a well-placed shot on your approach to leave yourself with a manageable distance to the green.

4. Be aware of any pin placements near the bunkers when choosing your target on the large green.

5. Don't underestimate this hole despite its low handicap rating - strategic planning and precise execution are key to scoring well here.

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

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