Oakmont Notes

  1. Play a shorter distance on approach than stated. It is downhill and landing on a downslope. Take a par and RUN!!!!
  2. STAY BELOW THE HOLE especially on the back pin. Some of the breaks are crazy, so even though you may be hitting wedges in, this is not a reliable birdie hole
  3. Hit the fairway. On approach, play it 2-3 yds longer than the stated yardage. The added roll will almost cancel out the uphill.
  4. Plan this hole before you play it. It is a birdie hole but 1 misstep will lead to a bogey or worse. It is possible to go straight at the green off the tee but BE CAREFUL! OB runs through the middle of the 5th fairway so make sure you hit the left side!
  5. Play your approach right of the flag. It will feed down towards the hole. The green slopes hard so make sure you are hole high to get a straight putt.
  6. Play right of the flag, but not too far or you are looking at a sure bogey. Not the toughest green on the course, so birdie is possible.
  7. Make sure you hit the fairway at all costs. Make sure you hit the green at all costs, and for the left pin, make sure you hit the green & right of the pin!
  8. This hole’s distance may seem intimidating, but if you concentrate and hit the ding with good aim, you can birdie easily. Why?  Because it is the easiest green on the course.
  9. Hit the fairway. If you do not feel that you can stay below the hole on approach, then don’t be afraid to lay up. Take a par and RUN! A bogey here is not too bad either.
  10. Hit the fairway, hit the green, stay below the hole. If you play this hole well, a birdie is very possible.
  11. Be sure to stay in the fairway. Unless you can reach the green, going over the ditch is not much of an advantage.
  12. Play your approach well short and left of the pin. The green will feed the ball towards the pin. This goes for both pins.
  13. If you have decent clubs and you hit a backspin shot, the ball will come back. Fly just past the hole, and you are fine. Make sure your speed here is precise because a downhiller here is scary.
  14. Take a birdie. Unless you hit an iron off the tee, you will hit a wedge into the green, so it is get-able.
  15. If you hit the fairway, you are all set. This is my personal favorite approach in the game due to the level of precision needed to get a birdie, and how you can throw darts at the front flag. Anything can and will happen here.
  16. Take your time to calculate your distance here. A sloping green makes birdies hard but a large green makes bogeys rare. Take a par here.
  17. Make sure you can fly the bunkers if you go for it. If not, make sure to not run through the fairway on your lay up. Whichever way you play it, make a birdie and head to 18.
  18. Play your approach slightly left of the hole and it will feed towards it. Get close and it is easy putting. If you don’t, you might as well be at cedar point! Take a par and be glad you have survived your round at Oakmont!

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