No 6 - Juniper - Par 3 180 Yards


The hole looks easy - no water, no rough, easy to get at from at uphill vantage point, and a big target to shoot at.
But what you get is the most difficult green on the course. There is a difference of eight feet in elevation between the bottom left to the knob at the top right. It is one of the most striking places on the golf course - an elevated tee that looks across a valley which brings in the 16th green. Spectators sit in the area between the players and the green as balls are fired over them.
The key here is pin placement. The two on the left are much easier to play than the pair of right-side positions in the back portion of the green. The right-side pins offer only 1,000 and 1,500 square foot of green to shoot for.
Amateur Billy Patton made an ace here in 1954. He had begun the third round five shots behind Ben Hogan. Hogan was playing the third hole when he heard a tremendous roar from the sixth hole and told his playing partner, 'I'll bet Patton just made a hole in one.' Meanwhile, back at the sixth, Patton, who hit a 5-iron, asked for Joe Dey's advice, then carefully lifted the flagstick. His ball, lodged between the pin and the ledge of the cup, dropped into the hole for an ace.
Out in 32, Patton caught Hogan. The next day Patton squandered the lead to Hogan again, who in turn lost in a playoff to Sam Snead.
Jose Maria Olazabal went for the flag cut into a tiny plateau cut into the back right corner of the green in 1991. Olazabal made the mistake of missing the green right, leaving a ghastly chip to a tight pin.
He chipped once and the ball came back off the green, then chipped again and the ball did likewise. He finally kept it on the putting green with his third chip but the ball scampered 75 feet away. He three-putted from there for a quadruple-bogey seven, and lost the tournament by one stroke.