Caution should be a primary concern on the last four holes of the front nine. All of them are long par fours, congested with water and sand and trees and treacherously thick U.S. Open rough. Each hole demands an accurate tee shot, then an approach over disaster areas that will swallow any ball hit without total precision. At the 6th I plan to drive left to avoid the willow trees and the creek along the right. The long approach over the creek that snakes 40 yards in front of the green may be impossible if my tee shot strays off the fairway. The 7th and 8th holes offer wider driving areas but tricky middle-iron second shots to uphill greens. The 9th hole penalizes greedy golfers. It is a dogleg to the right, with either out of bounds or practically unplayable lies in that direction. I will hit my three-wood safely down the left, then a five- or six-iron to still another uphill green surrounded by trouble. I would settle right now for even par on these four holes during the tournament. Oak Hill's closing holes are among its most demanding. Trouble surrounds the par-three 15th. In the 1956 Open this was a blind hole, played from a tee (right, bottom) no longer in use. Now we must hit from the left, on a level with the green. The area along the tree-lined left side is out of bounds, a deep trap lies below the right edge of the green and a gully below that trap. The six-iron tee shot must be hit onto the green—or else. Both the 17th and 18th holes provide interesting alternatives. They can be played with a safe down-the-middle drive and a long second shot, or they can be played with some risk in hopes of a shorter approach. Rather than take the long route, I intend to take the shortcuts (dotted lines). On 17 I will hit over the corner of the rough and back into the fairway—but hopefully not through it and on into the far rough. On 18 I will direct my tee shot over part of the sand trap. If I am successful, I may be in position for a much needed birdie.