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Pink Dogwood gives players early birdie opportunity

Jason Day plays a shot at the 12th
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1 Tea Olive
445 yards, par 4
2016 rank: 2nd hardest (4.354)
2016 stats – eagles: 0; birdies: 19; pars: 168; bogeys: 89; double bogeys or worse: 16.

The fairway is flanked by trees with a deep bunker to the right, so the choice is a 300-yard-plus tee shot to clear the hazards or a tricky uphill second shot to the undulating green.

2 Pink Dogwood
575 yards, par 5
2016 rank: 18 (4.63)
2016 stats – eagles: 6; birdies: 113; pars: 153; bogeys: 19; double bogeys or worse: 1.

This is a good early birdie chance and a slight draw off the tee offers a decent opportunity to reach the green in two. Tricky bunkers in front of the green can come into play.

3 Flowering Peach
350 yards, par 4
2016 rank: 11 (4.166)
2016 stats – eagles: 0; birdies: 44; pars: 177; bogeys: 60; double bogeys or worse: 11.

A pear-shaped green with a steep slope in front makes this a tricky putting test. Avoiding bunkers to the left off the fairway is key and if players can do that this is still a decent birdie chance.

4 Flowering Crabapple
240 yards, par 3
2016 rank: 3 (3.334)
2016 stats – eagles: 0; birdies: 20; pars: 183; bogeys: 92; double bogeys or worse: 9.

By far the toughest of the par threes. A long tee shot is required to reach the green, which slopes from back to front, and two bunkers have to be avoided to have a decent chance of avoiding a bogey.

5 Magnolia
455 yards, par 4
2016 rank: 7= (4.231)
2016 stats – eagles: 0; birdies: 30; pars: 177; bogeys: 78; double bogeys or worse: 7.

A carry of more than 300 yards is required to avoid the deep bunkers on the left of the dogleg fairway. The humped green slopes from the front, while anything long finds a bunker.

6 Juniper
180 yards, par 3
2016 rank: 10 (3.225)
2015 stats – eagles: 0; birdies: 28; pars: 182; bogeys: 73; double bogeys or worse: 9.

A good approach on this gentle downhill par three can provide a birdie opportunity, but the green slopes heavily to the right so finding the dancefloor is only half the battle.

7 Pampas
450 yards, par 4
2016 rank: 5 (4.258)
2016 stats – eagles: 0; birdies: 31; pars: 168; bogeys: 84; double bogeys or worse: 9.

No hole on the course has more than this one’s five greenside bunkers. New trees have narrowed the fairway over the years but expect plenty of players to still hit a driver off the tee.

8 Yellow Jasmine
570 yards, par 5
2016 rank: 16 (4.749)
2016 stats – eagles: 2; birdies: 96; pars: 167; bogeys: 25; double bogeys or worse: 2.

A large fairway bunker limits the opportunity to reach the green in two, and anyone going for it will have to hit a blind second up the hill. An accurate three-shot approach can still provide a birdie opportunity.

9 Carolina Cherry
460 yards, par 4
2016 rank: 13 (4.132)
2016 stats – eagles: 0; birdies: 28; pars: 205; bogeys: 54; double bogeys or worse: 5.

A birdie is a great score as a sloping green is difficult to tackle. The approach cannot be short. Otherwise, the ball can roll off the green and continue down for 50 yards or more.

10 Camelia
495 yards, par 4
2016 rank: 4 (4.276)
2016 stats – eagles: 0; birdies: 23; pars: 173; bogeys: 87; double bogeys or worse: 9.

Dangers lurk on both sides of the dogleg fairway. Trees can cause difficulties on the left, while anything too far right leaves a long approach.

11 White Dogwood
505 yards, par 4
2016 rank: 1 (4.512)
2016 stats – eagles: 0; birdies: 9; pars: 149; bogeys: 110; double bogeys or worse: 24.

The start of Amen Corner. A slight fade off the tee gives players the best chance of avoiding a bogey, while the pond to the left of the green is likely to claim a few victims. Par is a good score.

12 Golden Bell
155 yards, par 3
2016 rank: 9 (3.23)
2016 stats – eagles: 0; birdies: 28; pars: 196; bogeys: 48; double bogeys or worse: 20.

One of the toughest par threes in the game. Rae’s Creek comes into play at the front but going long can be equally as devastating. Players could do a lot worse than finding the bunker just in front of the green. Drama is almost guaranteed.

13 Azalea
510 yards, par 5
2016 rank: 17 (4.702)
2016 stats – eagles: 7; birdies: 119; pars: 122; bogeys: 37; double bogeys or worse: 7.

Amen Corner closes with this massive dogleg left. Rae’s Creek runs down the left of a sloping fairway while trees hug the right. The creek runs short of the green which is further guarded by a host of bunkers at the back.

14 Chinese Fir
440 yards, par 4
2016 rank: 14 (4.068)
2016 stats – eagles: 1; birdies: 47; pars: 181; bogeys: 54; double bogeys or worse: 9.

The only hole with no bunkers but trees guard both sides of the fairway, which slopes to the right and may lead to trouble. The sloping green means that three putts can be common.

15 Fire Thorn
530 yards, par 5
2016 rank: 15 (4.898)
2016 stats – eagles: 3; birdies: 78; pars: 164; bogeys: 38; double bogeys or worse: 9.

Plenty of birdies and eagles await those who overcome the challenge of reaching the green in two. The green is guarded by a pond and a bunker.

16 Redbud
170 yards, par 3
2016 rank: 12 (3.149)
2016 stats – eagles: 3; birdies: 50; pars: 150; bogeys: 76; double bogeys or worse: 13.

Pin position is crucial as the treacherous green slopes towards a pond on the left, while the back bunker is also a hazard. It is key to avoid a downhill putt although the fine day placement is accessible and there were three Sunday holes in one last year.

17 Nandina
440 yards, par 4
2016 rank: 7= (4.231)
2016 stats – eagles: 0; birdies: 18; pars: 193; bogeys: 78; double bogeys or worse: 3.

Most players should be able to reach the green using a medium or short iron for their second shot. The putting surface is the main challenge and a two-putt cannot be guaranteed.

18 Holly
465 yards, par 4
2016 rank: 6 (4.236)
2016 stats – eagles: 0; birdies: 37; pars: 162; bogeys: 82; double bogeys or worse: 11.

Accuracy off the tee is a necessity as the very narrow and uphill dogleg fairway has trouble on both sides. It takes a drive of 335 yards to carry the bunker on the left. An elevated green has sand all around and provides a daunting finish.

Dangers lurk on both sides of the dogleg fairway. Trees can cause difficulties on the left, while anything too far right leaves a long approach
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