For Thursday’s first round the layout played to 7,660 yards, 14 yards shorter than what is listed on the card and drew praise from players.
“The beauty of having a golf course this long is having the ability to move the tees around based on the wind,” first-round leader Tiger Woods said. “It’s a long golf course from the tips. We never ever play from the tips.”
The layout will play slightly shorter on Friday (7,575 yards). Tees at the par-3 fourth (7 yards) and 13th (15 yards) have been pushed back and officials got creative at the par-4 14th, using the forward tee (299 yards compared with 357 yards on Thursday) in an attempt to encourage a bold play.