Oakmont Country Club Course Map, 2016 US Open Site

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Hole 1

A Hole-by-Hole Look at OakmontNestled just northeast of Pittsburgh, Oakmont Country Club will be a stern test of golf as it hosts the 2007 U.S. Open. Take a close look at each hole on the course.No. 1482 yards, par 4The first hole on the course signals that this is not going to be a leisurely walk in the park. A long par 4, players will need to avoid fairway bunkers on the left and right, and then hit a mid-iron to a green that slopes hard from front to back. If the tee shot is less than 290 yards, the approach will be blind. Welcome to Oakmont. See a photo of the hole
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Hole 2

No. 2341 yards, par 4This short par 4 is guarded by a narrow ditch on the left and six fairway bunkers on the right, but they should not come into play often. The bunker in the middle of the fairway is 265 yards out, so if the pin is in the front, some long hitters may elect to go for the green. Otherwise, look for 5-woods and hybrids to be the clubs of choice off the tee. The green slopes severely from back to front and has three large mounds that create serious break, so any shot that finds the back bunker usually leads to bogey. See a photo of the hole
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Hole 3

No. 3428 yards, par 4Oakmont's signature feature, the Church Pews, comes into play on the left side of the fairway, but five fairway bunkers on the right will see plenty of action as well. The green is elevated and fairly flat, but it falls off quickly both in front and in back, making distance and spin control essential. See a photo of the hole
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Hole 4

No. 4609 yards, par 5Players who miss the fairway left will find the Church Pews on this 605-yard par 5, but missing the fairway right is worse. Cutting the corner on the right can make this hole reachable in two for the big hitters, but five fairway bunkers and deep rough guard the corner. If the USGA wants to be devilish on Sunday, the hole will be back left. See a photo of the hole
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Hole 5

No. 5382 yards, par 4With three fairway bunkers left and four on the right, a straight ball is a must here off the tee, so players will likely reach for long irons and hybrid clubs to set up short-iron approach shots. The green has many subtle undulations that will make for challenging putts, but there should be some birdies here. See a photo of the hole
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Hole 6

No. 6194 yards, par 3The small green slopes hard from right to left and is surrounded by bunkers. Missing the green to the right leads to a sure bogey, so look for misses to go left. See a photo of the hole
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Hole 7

No. 7479 yards, par 4This long, uphill par 4 plays to all of its yardage; a par from any of the five fairway bunkers would be an outstanding score. The green slopes severely from left to right, so missing left makes for a difficult up-and-down. See a photo of the hole
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Hole 8

No. 8288 yards, par 3Depending on wind conditions, don't be surprised to see some players reach for driver here. However, in an early season practice round, Tiger Woods said doing so would be, "against my religion." A right-to-left shot with a fairway wood or hybrid will likely be necessary for everyone in the field, and in classic links style, players can run the ball up to the putting surface. On the left of the green is a 100-yard-long bunker called Sahara that makes the tee shot very intimidating. See a photo of the hole
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Hole 9

No. 9477 yards, par 4From the tee, the landing area cannot be seen by the players, who must hit uphill while avoiding a severe ditch on the left and pot bunkers on the right. The hole is a par 5 for the members. The wavy green is enormous and features two large mounds in front; the back half of the green is the practice green, which makes for some interesting scenes during the tournament. See a photo of the hole
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Hole 10

No. 10462 yards, par 4A downhill tee shot here will need to hit a fairway that is only 32 yards wide. In order to keep the ball on the green, which slopes hard from front-right to back-left, players will need to hit a short iron and control the shot's spin. See a photo of the hole
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Hole 11

No. 11379 yards, par 4With a long iron or 3-wood off the tee, players will aim for a plateau in the fairway, which otherwise slopes left to right. The green tilts from the back to the front, so a front hole location will be an especially tough challenge as the front bunker will loom large. However, if there is such a thing as a birdie hole in a U.S. Open, this might be it. See a photo of the hole
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Hole 12

No. 12667 yards, par 5The second and final par 5 on the course, this monster will be unreachable for nearly the entire field, making a positional tee shot and strategically hit second shot very important. The green slopes from front to back, and the combination of bunkers and high rough will punish poor approach shots or attempts to roll the ball onto the putting surface. See a photo of the hole
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Hole 13

No. 13183 yards, par 3With a green that slopes from back to front, shots hit below the hole to this narrow green should give players a decent look at birdie, but anything long will make for a fast putt coming back. The worst place to be is long or right. See a photo of the hole
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Hole 14

No. 14358 yards, par 4There are 10 fairway bunkers guarding this short par 4, but a long iron off the tee should leave players in position to hit a 6-, 7- or 8-iron second shot to a very large green. The putting surface slants from right to left, so players will aim left of the flagstick to create uphill birdie chances whenever possible. See a photo of the hole
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Hole 15

No. 15500 yards, par 4A long par 4, the tee shot on No. 15 is blind to a fairway that slopes from left to right. Another set of Church Pews guards the left side while ditches and two bunkers lie in wait on the right. Players who thread the needle will still have to hit a mid-iron to a green that features many subtle breaks. See a photo of the hole
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Hole 16

No. 16231 yards, par 3The final par 3 is another long one, favoring a fade into a big green that slopes from left to right. Shots that land short will roll back toward the fairway, but that is better than missing left. See a photo of the hole
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Hole 17

No. 17313 yards, par 4Six fairway bunkers lie 50 yards from the green complex on this short par 4, so many long hitters will try to fly the ball all the way to the green. Players who lay up will have to hit a wedge over Big Mouth, a huge bunker to the right of the green. See a photo of the hole
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Hole 18

No. 18484 yards, par 4The closing hole demands a final straight drive between five fairway bunkers, and then an uphill mid-iron approach shot to an undulating green. Mounds on the left and right in front, as well as a large mound in the rear of the putting surface, ensure a challenging final hole. See a photo of the hole• Ins and outs of Oakmont's Church Pews bunker• A Look Back: When U.S. Opens Attack• Els could win at Oakmont, again