Hole: 10 Par: 4 Yards: 471 Average: 4.157 Rank: 5
COMPARITIVELY OPEN terrain and, as with the 15th hole, one of only two uphill drives at Muirfield. Sand guards both sides of the driving zone and a large, many-fingered bunker fronting the green threatens the under-hit approach. A rugged hole demanding both power and precision, and one of the toughest par 4s on the second nine, especially when played into the wind.
Hole: 11 Par: 5 Yards: 567 Average: 4.899 Rank: 15
RUNNING THE LENGTH of a lovely valley between high, wooded hills, this hole is the arena for a huge amphitheater capable of accommodating a great many spectators. The drive is enticingly downhill to a wide fairway, but a creek cuts diagonally across the fairway at about 320 yards from the tee, then hugs it on the right before swinging left again in front of the small, elevated green. An inviting hole to gamble on, but two perfect shots are necessary to get home.
Hole: 12 Par: 3 Yards: 184 Average: 3.144 Rank: 7
MUIRFIELD'S FAVORITE HOLE among photographers features the course's largest lake. The tee shot is played from a wooded hillside entirely across water to a two-tiered, kidney-shaped green cut into another hillside and set diagonally to the line of play. Bunkers flank the right front and rear left of the green. Miss it and the ball will generally find either sand or water.
Hole: 13 Par: 4 Yards: 455 Average: 4.112 Rank: 10
THE DRIVE IS DOWNHILL to level ground, through a wooded chute to a narrow but normally fast-running and gently curving fairway. Finding the right half of the fairway sets up the best angle into the long and narrow green, which runs away from the player. Bunkers stretching almost the full length of the green on either side demand a precise approach shot, generally with a mid- to long-iron.
Hole: 14 Par: 4 Yards: 363 Average: 4.113 Rank: 9
ANOTHER DOWNHILL TEE SHOT, once again into a wide, tree-lined valley. About 245 yards from the championship tee, a creek emerges from the left woods to border the fairway for some 40 yards before angling across it and then on down to flank the right side of the green. The green is long and narrow and heavily guarded left by several bunkers. A definite birdie opportunity, but only for the very accurate player.
Hole: 15 Par: 5 Yards: 529 Average: 4.685 Rank: 18
AN INTRIGUING PAR 5 cut arrow-straight through the heart of a forest. The ideal drive is to the crest of the hill, from where the long hitter should be trying to get home in two. Thwarting him will be the steep slope fronting the green, a couple of deep bunkers and the small size of the target -- not to mention the trees crowding in left and right. There will be many birdies here, but there will also be some disasters.
Hole: 16 Par: 3 Yards: 201 Average: 3.155 Rank: 6
A FINE PAR 3 IS NOW an even better and more visually intimidating hole and already has produced added excitement. Redesigned in 2010 with The Presidents Cup 2013 in mind, this hole now features a pond guarding the length of the green on the left. The putting surface also is smaller and turned more horizontally to the teeing ground. A front hole location is very difficult sitting between the water and two bunkers.
Hole: 17 Par: 4 Yards: 478 Average: 4.157 Rank: 4
STRETCHING 478 YARDS, this strong hole offers a stiff test off the tee. Twenty yards separate two bunkers midway up the fairway, leaving a mid- or short-iron to the green. A lay-up off the tee leaves a mid-iron, or depending on the wind, a long-iron approach. The green itself is slightly elevated with bunkers along the right and back left. An approach to the left side of the green allows for an easier putt.
Hole: 18 Par: 4 Yards: 484 Average: 4.240 Rank: 1
AN INVITING DOWNHILL drive leads to an ample fairway, though bunkers threaten at the corner of the dogleg to the right. A long drive hit too far left can find the creek threading the tree line or can be blocked by a cluster of black walnut trees short of the green. The approach is uphill across a swale to a large two-tiered and heavily contoured green bunkered front left, front right, left and rear right. A spectacular finishing hole capable of accommodating more than 20,000 spectators.