TPC Boston: Holes to Watch

The TPC Boston will be the site of this weekend’s Deustche Bank Championship starting Friday, with the unique event culminating with a Monday finish as opposed to the traditional Sunday, in large part to coincided with the American Labor Day holiday.

The course plays at a par of 72, sprawling across 7,241 yards. It was originally designed by Arnold Palmer, and redesigned by Gil Hanse with Brad Faxon in 2007.

The course has four “Featured” holes that set it apart from the rest and that should come into play time and again over the next four days.

No. 2 – 542 yards, par-5. The second hole isn’t overly long by PGA Tour standards,  but a host of bunkers mean you’re going to need three smart shots to have a chance for a birdie. The right side of the green flows downwards toward a water hazard for the overzealous.

No. 4 – 298 yards, par-4. Another hole that is shorter than the Tour average. A huge greenside bunker causes all kinds of problems, and opens up a huge risk-reward quandary. Shoot it well and you might find an eagle, not well enough and you’re quickly into bogey land.

No. 11 – 231 yards, par-3. You start off going uphill, never a good sign, and the trend continues with a large bunker that’s several feet below the putting area.

No. 18 – 530 yards, par-5. They save the worst for last in Boston, with the toughest green featuring a pot bunker. Another bunker is waiting greenside, while the manicured green turns to low-lying rough off the back and left sides of the green.


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