No 7 - Pampas - Par 4 410 Yards


The seventh is perhaps the most innocent-looking hole on the course. Flanked by trees on both sides of the fairway, this can be a ticklish driving hole. With the newly added length of 40 or more yards, everyone is forced to hit driver or 3-wood off the tee. The tee has been moved back and to the left.
When the club is in your hands, there is only one rule that follows - smack it down the left side of the fairway to a point where the approach shot is hit from a slight upslope.
The approach shot is with a full wedge or 9-iron to a green guarded by five bunkers - three in front and two in back. The ideal shot is to strike the short iron hard enough that the ball spins back to the hole. The green is small with less than 4,000 square feet, and slopes both left and right from a ridge in the middle.
Too much emphasis cannot be placed on staying out of these five greenside bunkers. The ball has a tendency to bury, and the bunkers are quite deep. The two in back are the worst, with an ever-present thought being that the shot from the bunker can go all the way from front to back.
In 1990, Jack Nicklaus holed out from a greenside bunker on this hole, which gave him a temporary hold on first place - a tournament later won by Nick Faldo. Among the big scores here was an 8 by Dewitt Weaver in 1972.