With the pin located at any place on the green other than the left-hand projection, the hole appears simple. Yet it has a pulling difficulty. Should the pin be at the back of the green, the player tends to let up on his second shot for fear of the severe penalty involved in overplaying. Often he leaves himself an approach putt of more length than he would like. With the pin on the forward area of the green, a shot underplayed may bound to the left and come dangerously close to the water. A great many players play this hole safely to the right, relying on getting a long putt or chip dead for the par.
155 YARDS PAR 3
The championship location for the pin here is in the shallow area of the green on the right. Here the distance must be gauged very accurately, and the wind sweeping down along Rae's Creek is often deceptive to the player standing on the tee about to hit. The inclination here is to be well up, or at least to favor the left side where the green is somewhat wider. To play safely to the left is simple, but the putting problem which results is not an easy one. Pin locations on the left side of the green can be made testing only by pushing them far forward or far back. Once the tee shot has been played into the creek the short pitch to the shallow green is terrifying indeed.
475 YARDS PAR 5
We call 13 a par 5 because under certain conditions of wind and ground few players will risk trying for the green with a second shot. In my opinion this 13th hole is one of the finest holes for competitive play I have ever seen. The player is first tempted to dare the creek on his tee shot by playing in close to the corner, because if he attains this position he has not only shortened the hole but obtained a more level lie for his second shot. Driving out to the right not only increases the length of the second but encounters an annoying sidehill lie.
Whatever position may be reached with the tee shot, the second shot as well entails a momentous decision whether or not to try for the green. With the pin far back on the right, under normal weather conditions this is a very good eagle hole because the contours of the green tend to run the second shot close. The danger is that the ball will follow the creek and the most difficult pin locations are along this creek in the forward part of the green.
Several tournaments have been won or lost here, even though the decision may not have been obvious at the time.
420 YARDS PAR 4
The most popular line off the tee is slightly to left of center to gain the crest of the hill and not risk the runoff of the fairway to the right. A slight deviation to left of this line often encounters the upper branches of the group of pine trees on this side.
A drive straying off to the right leaves the player on lower ground from which his ability to see the left side of the green is completely obstructed by a large mound in the middle of the fairway.