Hole by hole for the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open Championship

 

Hole 1 | Par 4 | 346 yards

One of the most picturesque and famous starting holes in all of golf. A tree-lined creek running along the right side and a fairway bunker on the left frame the hole. The small, sloping green has a swale that makes birdie here well earned. It was on this hole in the last round of the 1960 U.S. Open that Arnold Palmer drove the green, made birdie and started a charge that saw him come from seven strokes back to capture his only Open title. View Hole

Hole 2 | Par 4 | 415 yards

This is an extremely tight driving hole with bunkers on the left and trees on the right. The green, guarded by bunkers left and right and by a lake on the left, is especially difficult to hit in regulation if the drive is not in the fairway. It was here where Byron Nelson missed a three-foot putt and lost a playoff to Vic Ghezzi in the 1941 PGA Championship. View Hole

Hole 3 | Par 4 | 327 yards

Finesse, not brute strength, is the name of the game on this hole. A long iron or fairway wood off the tee is required to place the drive between the cross bunkers. You must be in the fairway to have any chance of holding this shallow, well-bunkered green and making par. It's probably the toughest green to putt on the course. Any shots landing beyond the green enter "no man's land." View Hole

Hole 4 | Par 4 | 429 yards

The optimum drive at this dogleg left is approximately 250 yards to the corner leaving a mid- to long-iron to this two-tiered green. Long hitters can try to cut the corner over the towering cottonwoods off the tee, although it can be a risky proposition. The penalty for coming up short is severe. It's tough to run a second shot back to the flagstick when the hole is cut on the back shelf of this slick green. View Hole

Hole 5 | Par 5 | 539 yards

This par 5 can be reached in two by the longer hitters by playing a shot down the right side. The safest play here, however, is to lay up over the creek, leaving an 80- to 100-yard third shot over a huge, intimidating bunker to the elevated green. The fifth is considered one of the tougher greens to putt because of its severe slope from back to front and its normally slick surface. View Hole

Hole 6 | Par 3 | 158 yards

Accuracy off the tee is a must as the tee shot must split the bunkers guarding the green left and right. Missing the green, which slopes severely from back to front, makes par quite difficult. If you're over this green in the grass swale in the back right, say your prayers. Keeping the chip shot on the putting surface takes finesse and nerves of steel. View Hole

Hole 7 | Par 4 | 374 yards

This relatively short dogleg left could be a strong birdie opportunity as it's considered one of the easier holes on the course. The hole dictates a drive of 250-275 yards between the two fairway bunkers. The bunker on the right was added prior to the club hosting the 1978 U.S. Open. The approach shot is played to a well-bunkered green. View Hole

Hole 8 | Par 3 | 206 yards

After coming off the relatively straightforward seventh, the eighth can bring you back to reality very quickly. It's the longest of Cherry Hills' par 3s. The hole requires a high, soft tee ball to a green protected by a large bunker on the front left. A back left hole location will test even the best golfer. Take par here and head to the ninth. View Hole

Hole 9 | Par 4 | 418 yards

This hole is by far the toughest from tee to green of any on the golf course. The uphill par 4 was played in seven over par by champions Ralph Guldahl, Arnold Palmer and Andy North collectively in the 1938, 1960 and 1978 Opens held at Cherry Hills. The tee shot is played to the crowned fairway leaving an uneven lie for a challenging approach to this sloping green. The tall cottonwood tree in front of the clubhouse is the line for the second shot. This is a tough par, let alone birdie. View Hole

Hole 10 | Par 4 | 414 yards

A beautiful start to the back nine with the Rocky Mountains to the west. From the elevated teeing ground, you hit to a fairway that slopes from right to left. The second shot is played to a severely sloping right-to-left green guarded by two bunkers. Andy North can attest to the difficulty of the 10th as he bogeyed it four consecutive days en route to capturing the 1978 Open title. View Hole

Hole 11 | Par 5 | 522 yards

This par 5 can be reachable in two for the long hitters from the middle teeing ground. A long uphill drive leaves a second shot played downhill to a green that slopes from back to front. You must be below the hole in order to card a par or better. Anything above the hole requires deft putting skills on this normally slick green. A front-left hole location is especially fast. View Hole

Hole 12 | Par 3 | 179 yards

This is simply a great par 3 over water. A mid- to long-iron is required to reach this green – one of the most challenging at Cherry Hills. What makes this hole so difficult is the ridge in the middle of the green that can give anyone white knuckles with the putter. You must hit your tee shot on the side of the green where the flagstick is located in order to give yourself a chance at making par. View Hole

Hole 13 | Par 4 | 384 yards

The relatively short par 4 requires a straight drive that will leave the player with a short approach shot over a creek to a deceptively tricky green. Besides the third hole, this is the only green that was completely rebuilt from William Flynn's original design. Par is difficult if the second shot winds up in one of the back bunkers. Jack Nicklaus fell out of contention at the 1978 Open after carding a triple-bogey seven here in the third round. View Hole

Hole 14 | Par 4 | 433 yards

One of the most majestic holes on the course, this gently curving dogleg left requires a long, accurate tee ball to the slowly rising fairway. The second shot is played down to a beautiful green setting, with water to the left and a greenside bunker to the right. Of all the greens at Cherry Hills, this is one of the toughest to read, especially if the hole is cut in the back portion of the putting surface. View Hole

Hole 15 | Par 3 | 187 yards

This is club pro Clayton Cole's favorite par 3 on the course. It requires a mid to long iron off the tee to an angled green. A precise tee ball is critical as only the most accurate shot will hold the green and give you a shot at par or better. A tee shot that lands short will not run up on the putting surface. In the 1985 PGA Championship, Lee Trevino three-putted the 15th from the fringe and effectively knocked himself out of contention for the title. View Hole

Hole 16 | Par 4 | 428 yards

This is probably one of the most beautiful par 4s on the course. A long, straight drive to the gently sloping left-to-right fairway is optimal on this hole. The second shot must carry Little Dry Creek to a green that slopes from back to front. While many will remember Jack Nicklaus' clutch birdie here at the 1993 U.S. Senior Open that sealed his one-shot victory, this is also where California pro Ray Ainsley carded a U.S. Open-record 19 strokes in the 1938 championship when his second shot found the creek and he kept flailing away until he finally extricated his ball out of the hazard. View Hole

Hole 17 | Par 5 | 531 yards

One of the most exciting and renowned par 5s in golf. This hole requires a long, straight drive setting up a lay-up shot to the island green. Although this hole is reachable in two by the long hitter, most golfers will lay up to avoid making a big number. A drive into the right or left rough negates any attempt at going for the green. And attempting to nestle the approach shot to a front hole location can have dire consequences. No one knew that better than Ben Hogan, who saw his dreams of a fifth Open title drown when his third shot spun back into the water at the 1960 Open. View Hole

Hole 18 | Par 4 | 459 yards

This uphill hole has it all. Water left, length, out of bounds on the right and elevation. It also has a tricky green that has tested the world's best. For the long hitter, the more you bite off the lake, the shorter your uphill second shot will be. Heavy rough runs up the right side of this spectacular finishing hole. The undulating green is heavily bunkered in front making the hole location hard to judge on the approach from the bottom of the hill. View Hole

 Hole-by-hole descriptions are adapted from the 1998 book by George E. Brown, III, titled Cherry Hills Country Club 1922-1997.


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