US Open 2016 Oakmont Country Club: Hole 17

At 313 yards the 17th makes for excitement

A guide to the seventeenth hole at Oakmont Country Club ahead of the 2016 US Open

US Open 2016 Oakmont Country Club: Hole 17

Hole 17 - Par 4 - 313 yards

Another hole that may well decide the fate of the US Open trophy.

At just 313 yards the green will be drivable for most, especially in dry, fast conditions.

There are two shots to play from the tee - an iron down the right, or a driver or 3-wood straight at the green.

The drive has to carry six bunkers around 50 yards short of the green and once over them the ball can run up onto the green that is protected by bunkers from right, left and at the back.

If you choose to lay up here you have to hit your wedge over the bunker simply known as 'Big Mouth' for obvious reasons.

Oakmont Country Club

Tiger Woods hitting out of Big Mouth in 2007's US Open final round

The green is raised though, so anything that misses it will be a tricky up-and-down.

You'd expect players to make a three here, and we may even see eagles.

It will certainly make for some excitement.

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

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