Hahn has narrowed nine of the fairways this year, planted pine trees along the par 5 holes No. 9 and 16, and raised the bermudagrass rough from 2.5 to 3 inches, but the biggest change is the par 5 No. 3 will be played as a par 4 this year, making this a 7,243-yard par 71.
No. 17 is the signature hole at TPC Summerlin. It is a 196-yard par 3 over water to a green sloping left toward water and heavily bunkered on the right.
The bentgrass greens are smooth and rolling 11 feet on the Stimpmeter. Outstanding weather is expected all week.
Hahn and TPC Summerlin have won multiple GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards and were the first in Nevada to earn Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program certification. Hahn has been working with the Southwest Nevada Water Authority the last few years to convert seven acres of turfgrass to native desert landscape, increasing native wildlife habitat to 26 acres and reducing expenses as well as water consumption. Hahn and TPC Summerlin have further reduced its reliance on potable water by purchasing effluent water from a new, nearby water treatment plant.
Weather: Sunny, with temperatures in the high 80s. Wind at 7-10 m.p.h.
Yardage: 7,243 yards, par 71
Fun fact: This event was the first career PGA Tour title for Tiger Woods.