U.S. Senior Open: A hole-by-hole breakdown of Oak Tree National

Here is a hole-by-hole breakdown of Oak Tree National, site of this week’s U.S. Senior Open.
Compiled by Ryan Sharp, Assistant Sports Editor Published: July 5, 2014
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photo - 11th tee. Aerials of Oak Tree National course in Edmond, site of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Photo by Carl Shortt, Jr., for The Oklahoman
11th tee. Aerials of Oak Tree National course in Edmond, site of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Photo by Carl Shortt, Jr., for The Oklahoman

Here is a hole-by-hole breakdown of Oak Tree National, site of this week’s U.S. Senior Open.

Editor’s note:The front nine and back nine at Oak Tree National will be switched for the Open. Hole No. 1 will become Hole No. 10 and Hole No. 10 will become Hole No.1. The way we have the holes listed here is how they will be played during the championship.

Hole No. 1

TEETH OF THE DOG

407 yards, Par 4

What they’re saying: “Nicknamed ‘Teeth of the Dog’ because it usually plays into the wind. A two tiered green creates a variety of pin placements. This hole should yield a number of birdies.” — Oak Tree member Willie Wood

Hole No. 2

WINDMILL

474 yards, Par 4

What they’re saying: “(This hole) was voted the most difficult 11th hole by PGA America. This is the longest par 4 on the course. It will require a good drive and a fairway wood or long iron to an elevated green. Making four will seem like a birdie on this great hole.” — Oak Tree member Bob Tway

Hole No. 3

PRAIRIE DUNES

469 yards, Par 4

What they’re saying: “This hole should offer a variety of scores. Normally down wind a 3 wood or long iron will set up a short iron to the green. Accuracy is the premium on this hole.” — Oak Tree member Dr. Gil Morgan

Hole No. 4

POSTAGE STAMP

175 yards, Par 3

What they’re saying: “The shortest hole at Oak Tree, the 175 yard par 3 ... calls for a short iron to an extremely long undulating green that slopes severely from right to left. A lateral hazard on the left is the obvious spot to avoid although deep sand and grass bunkers on the right can cause severe problems. Lots of birdies and double bogeys made here.” — Oak Tree member Mark Hayes

Hole No. 5

AUGUSTA

454 yards, Par 4

What they’re saying: “This is a dogleg right par 4, which offers a variety of problems. A drive into the large valley to the right of the fairway will make it difficult to reach the green in two. Once you have reached the green your troubles are not over. A lot of three putts should result from this severely undulating green.” — Oak Tree member David Edwards

Hole No. 6

DEERFIELD

438 yards, Par 4

What they’re saying: “A straight-away par 4 with a small target for a green. An accurate tee shot is a must or large trees will block the second shot to the green. The shape of this green will make club selection very important.” — Oak Tree Member Doug Tewell

Hole No. 7

BOX CAR

511 yards, Par 5

What they’re saying: “The best chance to reach a par 5 in two will be at (this hole), a beautiful hole with a creek running from tee to green. A long drive at the oak tree on the left will leave about a 225 yard shot to a 3 tiered green.” — Tway

Hole No. 8



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