Quail Hollow Club hole-by-hole description from 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, a Quail Hollow resident and participant in this week’s PGA Championship:
Hole 1: Par 4, 524 yards: A great opening hole. Skirt the left bunkers with your tee shot and that opens the hole up for the second shot. A good birdie opportunity out of the gate.
Hole 2: Par 4, 452 yards: A sneaky, tough tee shot. A drive in the fairway is critical to getting in position for the approach shot and a good birdie putt on this difficult green.
Hole 3: Par 4, 483 yards: A monster golf hole. Straight forward. It is long and hard. Par will be a good number.
Hole 4: Par 3, 184 yards: A new par 3 with a difficult green. Players with a higher ball flight have an advantage here.
Hole 5: Par 4, 449 yards: The landing area is fairly tight. Lots of players will drive it in the fairway bunkers. A good drive should set up a good birdie opportunity.
Hole 6: Par 3, 249 yards: A really long and challenging par 3. Every player will gladly play this hole in 12 strokes for the week.
Hole 7: Par 5, 546 yards: A good drive sets up a great risk-reward situation on your second shot.
Hole 8: Par 4, 346 yards: A lot will depend on where the tees are set. I imagine some players will try to drive the green while others will lay back to a comfortable yardage for their approach shot.
Hole 9: Par 4, 505: Another brutally long par 4. A great hole that favors a high draw off the tee.
Hole 10: Par 5, 592 yards: A very straight forward par 5. The longer hitters will have an advantage here as this green can be difficult to hold going for it in two shots.
Hole 11: Par 4, 462 yards: This hole has been modified for the PGA. A very nice par 4 that favors a high draw.
Hole 12: Par 4, 456 yards: No tricks here. Just a good, tough par 4.
Hole 13: Par 3, 208 yards: Another extremely challenging par 3 with a difficult green. Twelve strokes over four days and I am thrilled.
Hole 14: Par 4, 344 yards: Similar to No. 8, a relatively short par 4. A long, narrow green makes the players really think off the tee.
Hole 15: Par 5, 577 yards: A very fair and playable par 5. A good drive is needed to put players in the proper position to make a birdie.
Hole 16: Par 4, 506 yards: A big hitter’s hole. A challenging drive and a second shot. Just a hard hole.
Hole 17: Par 3, 223 yards: A difficult par 3 that gives players little room for error.
Hole 18: Par 4, 494 yards: As hard a par 4 as we will play in any major. A beautiful stream runs down the left side through the green. A tough green with several very hard pin positions.