No 3 - Flowering Peach - Par 4 350 Yards


The shortest par-4 on the course, this hole puts fear in a golfer immediately with four little bunkers just left of the landing area. You must avoid those, but above all you must hit a club that will permit you a full second shot, either a 9 or a wedge, for your approach. This is because it's a must to spin the ball to make it hold a rather treacherous green.
The green slopes right to left and demands plenty of caution. The left side doesn't hold a shot well at all. The toughest pins are left and require a soft pitch shot. The best way to come in is from the right side, assuming you have kept it out of the trees. And, this green has become considerably quicker with the conversion from Bermuda grass to bent grass in 1980.
Those who have played the course a few times have learned that it is much easier to chip back on to the green after having hit long, whereas anything short is death. From behind the hole, a deft little pitch shot to the slick green will salvage par.
Fred Couples hit his wedge shot within a foot to make birdie and pull within a stroke in the 1992 Masters. From there he went on to win a dramatic victory.
In the same tournament, Craig Parry was leading until he came to this hole Sunday. He three-putted for bogey, as he would on Nos. 4 and 5, and was out of the lead for good.
Olin Dutra dubbed four shots on the hole in 1935, taking a six on the hole.