Hazeltine National Golf Club
The 2016 Ryder Cup will be held at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, and it is a course with a rich history as it was designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened in 1962.
Since then it has hosted numerous major tournaments, including the 1970 and 1991 US Opens, as well as the US PGA Championship in 2002 and 2009. For Ryder Cup purposes, it is perhaps worth noting that Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson and Martin Kaymer all finished in the top-six at the 2009 US PGA, while Dustin and Zach Johnson each managed a top-ten finish.
Hazeltine Hole By Hole Guide
Hole 1: Par 4
A typical test or what lies ahead at Hazeltine as the wind will have a significant effect on how aggressive players can be as the players approach a green with distinct tiers. An accurate approach is vital.
Hole 2: Par 4
An early birdie opportunity on this dogleg left as an aggressive drive around the corner can set up a wedge to the green, although a relocated fairway bunker makes this a trickier test than in days gone by.
Hole 3: Par 5
The first par five sees the fairway flanked by bunkers on the left and rough on the right, with a safe second shot laying up to leave a short approach.
Hole 4: Par 3
The first par three is famous for witnessing a couple of hole-in-ones during the 1991 YS Open, albeit a severe slope on the green ensures that the hole can easily be bogeyed.
Hole 5: Par 4
This hole is about 40 yards longer than when the 2009 US PGA was played here and it is wise to avoid the thickest rough on the course that lies to the right of the fairway Deep bunkers to the front of the narrow green make this one of the more memorable holes at Hazeltine.
Hole 6: Par 4
A hole that has changed considerably over the years, the sixth can be attacked from the long greens that sit between bunkers and a pond.
Hole 7: Par
The shortest par 5 on the course, the seventh saw players take two shots to reach the green, albeit this can be a risky strategy as the pond to the left is lurking dangerously.
Hole 8: Par 3
This may appear to be one of the easiest holes on the course but the eighth involves a small green encircled by water and an aggressive approach has often ended in disaster.
Hole 9: Par 4
The ninth is one of the hardest driving holes as it involves hitting uphill into a green. Anything long or left of the hole will almost certainly lead to a bogey.
Hole 10: Par 4
The start of the back nine puts a premium on accuracy off the tee and a perfect drive is to the corner of the dogleg is the ideal shot. The hole then plunges down the hill toward Hazeltine Lake.
Hole 11: Par 5
The eleventh hole has often proven pivotal at previous major tournaments as it ideally involves a long drive to the middle of the fairway before laying up close to the hole, albeit a new bunker to the front of the green ensures that birdies are tough to make.
Hole 12: Par 4
One of the hardest holes on the course, the twelfth is a daunting test as the green is shallow and firm, with a thick slope to the front making birdie opportunities rare
Hole 13: Par 3
There is no let up in the difficulty as this par 3 as a pond on the left, trees on the right and an array of bunkers make this a severe test.
Hole 14: Par 4
An excellent par 4, the fourteenth is a real risk-reward hole and accuracy is essential due to the small green on this relatively short hole.
Hole 15: Par 5
This hole has been lengthened by the introduction of a new tee, with bunkers coming into play on the drive and the second shot, with the potential head wind adding to the difficulty level.
Hole 16: Par 4
A very tough par 4, the sixteenth involves a driver over Hazeltine Lake and it can be difficult to hold when trying to find the elevated green that angles away.
Hole 17: Par 3
A large bowl to the front left of the green will devour any approach shots that come up short, while three putts aren't uncommon thanks to the difficult nature of the green.
Hole 18: Par 4
The final hole forces players to put their drives between the bunkers left and right, with approach shots played to a green with three tiers. Accuracy is paramount here and there is sure to be a rowdy atmosphere when the players head into this one.
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