A hole-by-hole look at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, site of the 94th PGA Championship:
No. 1, 396 yards, par 4: A gentle start to the final major, though it features one of the narrowest fairways on the golf course. This should yield plenty of birdies.
No. 2, 557 yards, par 5: This will be another good scoring opportunity, depending on the wind. Players look out toward the rolling surf in the Atlantic from the tee box, even though it is the farthest point from the ocean on the course.
No. 3, 390 yards, par 4: The shortest par 4 can be deceptive. The tee essentially is a small island, and players drive over a marsh to what looks to be a wide fairway. To get the best angle, though, the tee shot should favor a plateau on the left side of the fairway.
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No. 4, 458 yards, par 4: This is considered the toughest hole on the outward nine. Depending on the wind, the second shot to a large green can be played with nearly every club in the bag, from a hybrid to an 8-iron.
No. 5, 188 yards, par 3: The course turns back to the west at this point. With Folly Beach to their backs, plays will hit to a green in the shape of an hourglass, running away from them diagonally to the right.
No. 6, 480 yards, par 4: The fairway is framed by three wind-pruned live oak trees. Players should take aim at the center oak with a slight draw to eliminate problems from a waste area and a small pond to the left.
No. 7, 579 yards, par 4: Depending on the wind, players will have to decide whether to carry a natural dune area that creeps into the fairway from the right, or simply play left of it. The green should be reachable in two by most players.
No. 8, 198 yards, par 3: This par 3 gets more difficult the farther back the hole location is on the green. The elevated green is framed by tall live oaks just off the front left corner, and the green gets narrower as it extends away from the players.
No. 9, 494 yards, par 4: This is more about length than direction with a long par 4 and a wide fairway that slopes down from the right. A variety of collection areas and swales to the left and right will make for a difficult up-and-down.
No. 10, 447 yards, par 4: A tee shot down the left-center to the crest of the fairway sets up an approach to a green that is set below them in the dunes.
No. 11, 593 yards, par 5: This likely will play as a three-shot hole except for when the wind is at the back. Off the tee, players should avoid deep waste areas down the right side of the fairway.
No. 12, 412 yards, par 4: Players go from the widest fairway to the narrowest approach. A new tee has been built at 300 yards as an option to play it as a drivable par 4.
No. 13, 497 yards, par 4: The canal down the right side comes into play on the tee shots and continues all the way to the hole. Players must decide how far down the canal they can carry their tee shots.
No. 14, 238 yards, par 3: The course turns back to the east and plays directly along the beach, the start of five dramatic finishing holes. The green is elevated and very exposed to the wind, and any miss will leave a severe uphill chip to try to save par.
No. 15, 444 yards, par 4: A straightforward hole, though the tee shot must find the fairway for an approach to a green that runs diagonally away to the right and is set in a natural dune area.
No. 16, 581 yards, par 5: Players will have to carry the tee shot over a pond to reach a fairway with the higher shelf on the right side. This should be an easy birdie opportunity when the wind is at the players’ back.
No. 17, 223 yards, par 3: The target appears narrow, fiercely guarded by water short and to the right, with two deep waste areas to the left. The object is simply to find the green, which so many players couldn’t do on the final day of the 1991 Ryder Cup.
No. 18, 501 yards, par 4: Into the wind, most players won’t be able to reach the lower level of the fairway and will face an approach over 200 yards to the narrow, protected green.
The Associated Press