During the 2000 U.S. Open, Pebble's 9th hole played to a stroke average of 4.556, making it the hardest hole on the course and the second-hardest on Tour that year. With an average of 4.540, the 8th was the second-hardest hole at the Open and third-toughest for the year. The 10th, at 4.380, was the fifth-hardest on the course and the 16th-hardest overall. That's tough.
The only holes that challenge the Cliffs for doominance are the 10th, 11th and 12th at Bethpage Black, which were the fourth-, 12th- and third-hardest holes on Tour in 2002, respectively. But the Bethpage trio played to a mere 4.466 stroke average, while Pebble's seaside triple averaged 4.492. The Cliffs also consistently scorch AT&T Pro-Am scorecards. Since '92 they've played 717 strokes over par, with 455 bogeys, 107 double bogeys and 18 triples against only 85 birdies.
What can a golfer do when facing these 1,400 yards of golf mayhem? Breathe deep and enjoy the view.
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Stroke Avg.: 4.244