A guide to the opening hole at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota ahead of the 41st Ryder Cup from 30th Sept - 2nd October

Hazeltine National Golf Club Course Guide: Hole 1

Hole 1 – Par 4 – 490 yards

Here is it, the opening hole of the Ryder Cup.

The first tee shot of a Ryder Cup is widely regarded as the most nerve-wracking experiences in a golfer’s career and luckily for them at Hazeltine, this first tee shot doesn’t exactly require your Sunday best.

Hazeltine National Golf Club

Bunkers at 300 yards mean that a well-struck drive that’s slightly offline will probably find the sand and they’re the only real hazard standing in front of the players off the first tee.

Some may choose to lay up with a 3-wood which will leave something around 190-200 yards to the green.

The putting surface is well guarded by bunkers and also slightly raised so it’s the second shot that is the difficult one here.

The play here for most will be to try and make par which will be enough to win this hole in some matches, and if your opponent makes birdie then fair enough, it is a 490 yard par 4 after all.

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