A guide to the first hole on Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course which hosts the 98th USPGA Championship

Baltusrol Golf Club

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Baltusrol Golf Club Hole by Hole Guide: Hole 1

Hole 1 – Par 4 – 478 yards

The first at Baltusrol is a long par-4 that plays as a par-5 for members.

Out of bounds left spells disaster whilst five fairway bunkers off the tee – three left and two right – mean that a poor tee shot will likely be punished with a bogey or worse.

The fairway rises so the shorter hitters, or anyone not hitting a driver, may be unable to see the green, which is small.

Baltusrol Golf Club

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The green is heavily bunkered short right with three large traps lying 20-40 yards short, and the putting surface itself is guarded by a bunker on either side.

Since the 2005 USPGA, there has been a severe run-off area built at the back-left of the green so anything pulled will leave a very difficult up-and-down.

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