Southern Hills Country Club
A hole-by-hole look at the site of the 2007 PGA Championship.
The 89th PGA Championship marks the fourth time Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., has hosted the season's final major. Perry Maxwell's 1935 design has also been the home of three U.S. Opens (1970, 1982 and 1994). This year, the course will play to 7,131 yards and par 70. Learn more about Southern Hills in this hole-by-hole photo gallery.
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358 Yards, Par 4
After playing the longest par 4 at Southern Hills, players will face the shortest. The hole doglegs right, and missing right brings trees and a creek into play, so big numbers are possible. The ideal tee shot is to the fairway's left side, leaving only a short-iron second shot to the shallow, two-tiered green. As you can see at left, missing this green short is not a good idea.
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507 Yards, Par 4
In contrast to several of the other par 4s, this one is long and requires a powerful, accurate tee shot. To get a good look at the green, players must reach the slope 245 yards from the tee. The green is one of the smallest on the course and features four menacing bunkers. The pond short and left should not come into play for most players.
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413 Yards, Par 4
A fairly short par 4, there is little reason to challenge the bunker on the corner of this dogleg left. While the landing area is narrow, a mid- or short-iron should be enough for the second shot. Missing short brings bunkers into play; missing long should not get players into too much trouble.
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223 Yards, Par 3
The green on this par 3 is heavily defended by six bunkers. Shots that land short but escape the sand may roll back toward the fairway, while shots that come in hot can easily roll off the back of the green, which drops off sharply.
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537 Yards, Par 5
For big hitters, this is a birdie hole. The 13th has a slight dogleg to the left, so the ideal drive is a draw. However, players who decide to go for the green in two must hit over a pond while avoiding the large bunker behind the green.
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458 Yards, Par 4
A slight dogleg left, the 12th fairway slopes from right to left, and players cannot see the landing area from the tee box. The second shot is very similar to the second shot on the famous par-5 13th hole at Augusta National, with a creek running in front of the green and bunkers strategically placed to capture any shots that stray. The hole can be birdied, but big numbers are quite possible.
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173 Yards, Par 3
The shortest hole at Southern Hills, the 11th green is surrounded by four bunkers, so accuracy off the tee is crucial.
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366 Yards, Par 4
A controlled draw will be the shot of choice for right-handed players at this short par 4. Turning the ball from right to left will avoid the trouble off the right portion of the fairway and leave a short iron to an elevated, two-tier green. For players who find the left side of the fairway, this is a birdie hole.
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374 Yards, Par 4
The wind usually blows toward the tee, so this dogleg right usually plays longer than its scorecard distance. Players will need to be sure their tee shots avoid the fairway bunker guarding the corner. The approach shot is uphill to a green that tilts steeply from back to front and is considered one of the toughest on the course.
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245 Yards, Par 3
A long par 3, most players will need a hybrid or a fairway wood to reach the green, but missing short is better than missing long. While the bunkers left and right are not especially deep, the embankment behind the green can make getting up and down very tough.
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384 Yards, Par 4
A second relatively short par 4, the 7th requires a blind tee shot to the crest of a hill. From there, players are left with a short-iron to a narrow green that has bunkers on the left and right. A fairway wood off the tee that finds the fairway should give players a good chance to make birdie.
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200 Yards, Par 3
Shots hit left on this par 3 can find the creek, and shots that sail long can go out of bounds. Like all the other greens at Southern Hills, the 6th is quick, and the bunkers in front have high lips, so the smart shot is to the middle of the green regardless of pin position.
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653 Yards, Par 5
This dogleg left is the longest hole at Southern Hills. To avoid the fairway bunkers and keep the ball in the short grass, many players will not even think of going for the green in two. Laying up to the ideal distance will be extremely important as the green has two large bunkers guarding the front and a hump in the front-middle section that can make putting extremely challenging.
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372 Yards, Par 4
The fairway on this short par 4 has several swales that create awkward lies and stances. The green slopes hard from back to front and has four large bunkers guarding it.
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451 Yards, Par 4
For big hitters, this dogleg left sets up well for a long fade to the right portion of the fairway, which is the ideal spot for attacking the green. Players will aim for pin positions on the right half of the green, but if the hole is cut on the left, the wise play will be to the middle of the green instead of challenging the large bunker that is short and left.
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488 Yards, Par 4
The drive on the 2nd hole requires a 260-yard carry over cross bunkers and a creek. Even from the fairway, players will need a mid- or long-iron second shot to hit the green, which slopes from back to front and is guarded by a large bunker on the left and a small bunker in the rear.
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464 Yards, Par 4
The elevated first tee at Southern Hills features a great view of Tulsa in the distance. The hole has a slight dogleg to the left and players must avoid the fairway bunkers on the right. The second shot should be a mid- or short iron to a green that tilts from front to back and has three bunkers to protect it.
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465 Yards, Par 4
The ideal drive on this dogleg right will leave players on a plateau on the left side of the fairway. From there, it's 200 yards to reach an elevated green that slopes sharply from back to front. Historically, the 18th has been one of the toughest holes at Southern Hills.
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