A huge bunker protects the right side of the green and a smaller bunker stands guard over the left. The hole plays differently than it once did with modern technology playing a big role. Golfers used to hit a wood, oftentimes a 3-wood, into this green. Now a 2- or 3-iron is the club of choice.
The swirling winds can be a big problem. Players have put tee shots into a small wooded area behind the green, one of the few little-known out-of-bounds areas on the course. If you hit the correct club, the first thing to do is to miss that deep bunker on the right. However, it's better to be in the bunker than facing a downhill putt from the back of the sharply sloping green.
On Sundays, the pin is often cut on a shelf which runs along the back of the green. If you can carry your tee shot onto that shelf, there shouldn't be any problem. And along the right side of the hole is a quaint little stand of bamboo trees. However, it shouldn't come into play. If it does, you know are really having a bad day.
Sam Snead birdied the hole in 1949, his third in four holes. He went on to a three-stroke victory. Gary Player also birdied the hole in his one-stroke victory in 1978. The birdie was important to Player since he was seven back at the start of the round.
In 1994 Jeff Sluman caught the hole on a windless day and aced it.