Chambers Bay Golf Course Hole by Hole - 5th Hole

Chambers Bay Golf Course, Washington

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Hole 5 at Chambers Bay Golf Course is a challenging par 4 that will test the skills of any golfer. Located in University Place, Washington, this course boasts beautiful views and unique terrain.

From the championship tees, Hole 5 measures a long 490 yards in distance with a slight dogleg right. The tee shot requires precision as there are two bunkers strategically placed on either side of the fairway. With an average drive of 217 yards, it's recommended to use a driver off the tee to maximize distance while avoiding these hazards.

The approach shot is equally demanding as it plays uphill towards a large green measuring at approximately 21,956 square feet. This green has only one percent greenside bunkers compared to its total size, making it easier for golfers to aim for without fear of getting stuck in sand traps. However, accuracy is still key as there are slopes and undulations on the green that can make putting challenging.

As for weather conditions, players should be aware that altitude may impact ball flight due to Chambers Bay's location near Puget Sound and its elevation changes throughout the course. In addition, wind can also play a factor depending on which direction it's blowing from.

For those who hit their driver around 217 yards and have an average iron distance of about 140 yards with their seven iron or pitching wedge at about 120 yards, here are some club recommendations:

- Tee Shot: Driver (or possibly three wood if you're not confident with your driver)

- Approach Shot: Seven Iron or Pitching Wedge

Overall,Hole 5 at Chambers Bay Golf Course offers both challenges and opportunities for golfers looking to improve their scores. With strategic club selection and precise shots off the tee and onto the large green surrounded by minimal bunkering , this hole can be conquered by even intermediate level players.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 490 yards

Handicap: 9

Green Area:


Approx Fairway Width:


Has Water:



Slight dogleg

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Bunker Count:



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

Club Recommendations

Some playing tips for this hole could include:

- Use a driver off the tee to maximize distance, but be mindful of the bunkers on either side of the fairway. If you're not confident with your driver, consider using a three wood instead.

- Aim for the center or left side of the fairway to avoid getting stuck in one of the strategically placed bunkers.

- Take into account altitude and wind conditions when choosing your clubs and adjusting your shots.

- For your approach shot, use a seven iron or pitching wedge depending on your average iron distance. This will give you better control and accuracy on an uphill shot towards a large green with slopes and undulations.

- When putting on the green, pay attention to any breaks or slopes that may affect your ball's path. Aim for the center of the cup rather than trying to make long putts from different angles.

- Don't let yourself get discouraged by this challenging par 4 - focus on making strategic shots and managing risks rather than trying to hit long drives or difficult approaches. With careful planning and execution, even intermediate level players can conquer Hole 5 at Chambers Bay Golf Course.

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

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