The BWD Tournament Hole of the Week: September 10 – 13, 2015. The 18th at Evian Resort Golf Club, Home of Evian Championship.

Tournament:   Evian Championship – Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France
Hole:             18th – Par 4, 442 Yards
Architect(s):    Cabell B. Robinson – 1998
                  Steve Smyers and European Golf Design (redesign) – 2013

Architectural Analysis

The par 4 18th hole presents a lengthy test, measuring 442 yards, to close the final major of the year for the Ladies European Tour (LET) and LPGA.  To reach the green in regulation, competitors will need to hit a drive of at least 230 yards as well as find the fairway that narrows in the ideal landing zone.  Despite the lack of fairway bunkers, a premium is placed on accuracy from the tee as the fairway is lined with deep rough, on both sides, and mature trees to the left.  The ideal position to approach the front left to back right angled green is from the left side of the fairway.  Shorter players missing the fairway may opt to “lay-up” short of the water hazard and try for par by getting up and down.  While the green is quite large, competitors will want to target the left center of the putting surface to avoid the water hazard located short and right, as well as the three bunkers surrounding the rear of the green.  Approach shots missing the green left will be left with a very tricky pitch shot.  The green is two-tiered with the low point at the front area, set slightly above the water level causing front right hole locations to be the most difficult.  Overall, the closing hole offers a dramatic finishing hole that requires strategy, as well as sound execution to avoid scores over par.

Statistical Analysis

We expect the 18th hole of the Evian Championship will play slightly above par during the 2015 tournament due to its length and abundance of hazards surrounding the green.

Fun Facts

  • South Korea’s Hyo-Joo Kim began the 2014 Evian Championship with a 10-under 61, marking the lowest ever score in a major championship for both men and women. Kim continued her high level of play throughout the tournament, winning by one stroke following a birdie on the 72nd hole.
  • The Evian Championship, co-sanctioned by the LPGA and LET, became Continental Europe’s first Major Championship in 2013.
  • The Evian Resort Golf Club was originally created in 1904 as a 9 hole golf course. The course was redesigned by Cabell B. Robinson shortly before Antoine and Franck Riboud launched the Evian Masters on the LET in 1994.