TPC River Highlands
TPC River Highlands
Hole #15 296 yard par 4
Often one of the most exciting holes in golf is a drivable par four. When all of the design features have been ticked and the hole is strategically positioned in the ideal place on the golf course, it can make for a very exciting finish to any golf tournament. For example, this week at the Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands has one of the finest drivable par fours on the PGA TOUR. The design of the 15th hole has everything this hole needs……..an abundance of risk and reward. The hole is in a great position on the back nine to add excitement and follows a reachable par five and a medium length par four.
TPC River Highlands, Par 4 15th Hole
Photograph by Steven Cox
On Sunday, as the players approach the 15th hole they will see that the hole is located on the back left plateau 26 yards deep and 4 yards from the left edge, which is the easiest of the four locations. Given the contours of the green that allows for a ball to feed down to the hole, if the player hits a good tee shot he will have an excellent chance to find the putting surface and make an easy birdie or even eagle. However, with a miss left the player may find the water and if he bails out right he could find himself in the chipping area where it is difficult to get the ball up and down as the putting surface is elevated some 4 to 6 feet.
So when you’re watching the Travelers Championship today, with a little luck a player might go eagle/birdie/eagle during the middle three holes on the back nine….or alternatively with one bad swing at the 15th hole it might cost the player a chance to win the Championship.
The picture above highlights the changes made to the 15th Hole following the renovation this past year. In addition to the short cut being extended around the left side of the green (with the removal of the back left bunker), the teeing ground and surrounds were re-built and enlarged to provide greater flexibility on set-up, the front left plateau was softened to allow for a hole location, and trees and bunkers were removed on the left side to allow for spectators to view golf. All terrific enhancements.