'Featured Hole of the Week' is from Atlanta and the 18th Hole at the TPC
of Sugarloaf -home to this week's 2008 AT & T Classic on the PGA
Tour! Atlanta has been the sponsor of this tournament for many
years now, and it's the seventh year being played here at the Tournament
Players Course at Sugarloaf, in Duluth, Georgia. The TPC Sugarloaf
was designed by Greg Norman in 1996 and replaced Atlanta Country Club
which hosted the previous Atlanta Classic's on the PGA Tour for almost
two decades. The Bellsouth was moved to a spot the week
before the Master's in a plan to attract a strong field at the TPC at
Sugarloaf. But the hilly golf course has often kept those playing
the next week's annual Master's tournament away as Augusta National is a
hilly venue in it's own right as well. There are also
possibly the longest walks between tee and green's here as any
tournament hosting golf course on the PGA Tour schedule. The hilly
at Sugarloaf play's well though with it's hard, fast, and firm greens
-which is a good warm-up for the following week's Master's golf tourney
provided that March weather doesn't interfere.
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at the yardage book from this hole Click Here.
Our first picture (left) is from tee shot view
looking back to the tee of the 598 yard par five
finishing hole of the TPC at Sugarloaf.
A good tee shot will get the player over the first ridge and into a bit of a
downhill lie flatter area in the mid bottom of this picture. It's a about 295 off the tee where the fairway
slopes and drops another 10 yards or so.
The tee shot needs to be played down the left center (right in pix) because the
cantering sloping of the fairway will kick the ball to the right off the tee.
The lie needs to be good and with plenty of club in your hand to get it home in
view (pix right) is from the second shot area down the hill and at
the lake guarding the green front and left there.
The 'average' professional's second shot into this par five hole
from this area will be about 225 to the front right of the green
over the full carry of the lake there.
'Decision time' to go for it or not in two depends on the situation
at the time, and how good the lie is, the wind direction and so
One factor that must be taken into account is that there is a yellow
(vs. red) line surrounding the green, which means any ball hit into
the water must be played from the ball drop about 85 to 100 yards
into the green or from back across the point of entry (keeping that
point and the hole in line).
So it is a 'penal' mistake should you miss it there.
This view (picture left)
is of the third shot playing area should you choose to not go for the
green in two shots and instead 'lay up' your second to here (pix left)
You can see how the bunkering guards the green and the green slopes off into
the water here.
The average third shot from the lay-up area here is about 110 to 120 into
the middle of this green. It's still not a real easy shot though with
the green sloping back to front and left towards and into the water for a
shot that should spin back or left.
And you can see the yellow line which separates the ducks who won't hit the
correct shots this week vs. the eagles who do!
the look (picture right) from above and behind the 18th green looking back down the fairway
to the second shot landing area and tee box around the lake in the distance.
The green is usually 'as hard as a rock' this time of year and sloping from
front to back away from the back bunkers there and towards the water, making
a bunker shot here more difficult than 'standard'.
The green is only 15 yards deep on the right side to 35 yards deep in the
back left there.
Should you spin any
third shot too much here or spin it left you're down and off the 'shaved'
bank and into the drink with that 'yellow line' penalty to boot!
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