By Elliott Heath published
A guide to the first hole on Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course which hosts the 98th USPGA Championship
Baltusrol Golf Club Hole by Hole Guide: Hole 1
Hole 1 - Par 4 - 478 yards
The first at Baltusrol is a long par-4 that plays as a par-5 for members.
Out of bounds left spells disaster whilst five fairway bunkers off the tee - three left and two right - mean that a poor tee shot will likely be punished with a bogey or worse.
The fairway rises so the shorter hitters, or anyone not hitting a driver, may be unable to see the green, which is small.
The green is heavily bunkered short right with three large traps lying 20-40 yards short, and the putting surface itself is guarded by a bunker on either side.
Since the 2005 USPGA, there has been a severe run-off area built at the back-left of the green so anything pulled will leave a very difficult up-and-down.
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 three Open Championships on-site 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 between 3-5. 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
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Mizuno MP5
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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