The BWD Tournament Hole of the Week: February 8 – 11, 2018. The 7th at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Home of AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Tournament: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am – Pebble Beach Golf Links,
Pebble Beach, CA
Hole: 7th – Par 3, 106 Yards
Architect(s): Jack Neville & Douglas Grant – 1919

Architectural Summary:

The picturesque seventh hole at Pebble Beach is the shortest hole on the PGA Tour at 106 yards playing towards the rocky coast and Carmel Bay. The diminutive par three will be subjected to wind and weather conditions as the hole is perched on the edge of Arrowhead Point. Club selection will vary from day to day as coastal winds, blowing predominately from right-to-left in from the ocean, will dictate how competitors opt to play their tee shot. From the elevated tee, competitors will look play a wedge to short iron in order to find the middle of the green. The aforementioned wind may require these shots to be aimed towards the ocean and allowed to drift back to the target. Six bunkers of varying sizes surround the green, serving to further emphasize club selection and accuracy. The left bunker will be a common bail out or miss as competitors look to avoid the ocean, but will offer a difficult recovery playing back towards the coast. The green measures 15 by 26 yards and features fall offs on the left and rear portions of the putting surface.

Statistical Analysis:

During the 2017 tournament, the 7th hole played to a scoring average of 2.95 (42 Birdies, 150 Pars, 26 Bogeys, and 2 Double Bogeys).

Fun Facts:

  • During the third round of the 2017 tournament, Super Bowl Halftime performer Justin Timberlake nearly holed out on the short par three with a wedge. The singer settled for a tap-in birdie as he stuck the ball closer than any other players, pro or amateur, that day.
  • Sam Snead famously decided to negotiate the winds on the 7th hole by playing from the tee with a putter down the cart path during Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. Snead ended up parring the hole.
  • While the green is surrounded by six deep greenside bunkers today, the putting surface was formerly guarded by a single waste bunker.