RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – The 18th hole at Mission Hills Country Club’s Dinah Shore Tournament course is considered one of the best finishing holes in women’s golf.
The risk-reward nature of the 531-yard par 5 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship lends itself to high drama, as was witnessed when Brittany Lincicome made eagle there to win last year. The Sunday tee box is typically moved up to 485 yards to tempt players to go for the island green in two.
“It’s probably the most exciting finishing hole we have,” said Hall of Famer Beth Daniel, who will work as analyst for CBS in the final round. “So many things have happened on that hole. Going for it in two is a scary, scary shot.”
Viewers will notice a change in the look of the hole this year that also changes the nature of going for the green in two.
The bleachers behind the green have been moved to the right, so they sit dead behind the green. In the past, the bleachers were angled in the back left corner of the green.
“Now, with a left pin, the water is in play,” Daniel said. “They’ve also shaved the bank over there so if you hit it too long, it’s going in the water. I would say it’s more dangerous going for a left pin in two, less dangerous going for a right pin.”
The traditional Sunday pin is right, where players going for it in two will now have a backstop in front of the water behind the green.