Hazeltine National Golf Club Course Guide: Hole 1

The first hole at Hazeltine is a testing long par 4

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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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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x