A well-guarded par-4, the fourth hole is a tough challenge with par being a very good score indeed.
Shinnecock Hills Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 4
Hole 4: Par-4: 475 yards
The first of the hole playing into the south-westerly prevailing wind, the 475 yard par-4 fourth is a tough challenge that could ruin some players chances. The wind makes it incredibly difficult to hit the fairway which is a necessity.
A left-to-right dogleg, two bunkers protect the right side of the fairway, whereas going left will leave a longer iron in.
The slightly elevated green is smaller than it appears largely due to the three deep bunkers creating a narrow avenue to target. The challenges continue on the green because it has subtle breaks all over it.
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