From an elevated tee, the hole drops down, then swings back uphill. About three-fourths of the way up the other side is the lone fairway bunker, and it is immense. The ideal target is left-center, and to what degree is dictated by what kind of a drive you hit. The added length means you will have to smack a drive more than 300 yards to clear the large right-side bunker. Complicate this fact with the realization that it is decidedly uphill, and you have to really jump on your tee shot.
Left-center is preferred because the bunker takes up most of the right side of the fairway. The longest of hitters can clear it, of course, so they can play more in the center of the fairway. But hit it too far left and the trees along that side become a definite problem. Likewise, hit it too far right and you have the same scenario - trees - if you have not caught the bunker.
Most golfers will need a short- to mid-iron to reach the green if they have avoided the bunker and the trees. But it's extremely important to hit the approach shot pin-high. If not, it's almost a certainty a three-putt will be the result. And the green is elevated with a little bunker on the left side, another near-certainty for a bogey.
Despite all the negatives, there have been positives. Roberto de Vicenzo holed out his second shot for eagle, quite a way to start. It would have made him famous were it not for the events surrounding that day in 1968. At No. 17, De Vicenzo absent-mindedly signed for a 4 instead of a 3. That left his score at 278 instead of 277 and a tie with Bob Goalby, making his incorrect scorecard the most famous in history.