Shinnecock Hills Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 9

Shinnecock Hills Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 9
The tee shot on the par-4 ninth hole (Getty Images)
(Image credit: Getty Images)

The final hole on the front-nine, the par-4 ninth is a short but testing hole.

Shinnecock Hills Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 9

Hole 9: Par-4: 485 yards

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Players will be faced with a difficult drive into a narrow fairway on the ninth. But even if you find the short stuff, the fairway slopes in a variety of directions which means an uneven lie will be your reward. This makes the approach shot difficult.

The downhill section of the fairway significantly shortens the hole, but the uphill approach means distance control is of paramount importance.

The approach up the the raised 9th green (Getty Images)

The four bunkers short left will punish any mis-hits, but the cardinal sin here is going long. Doing so will leave a treacherous chip downhill.

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