The BWD Tournament Hole of the Week: September 4 – 7, 2015. The 16th at TPC Boston, Home of Deutsche Bank Championship.

Tournament: Deutsche Bank Championship – TPC Boston, Norton, MA
Hole: 16th – Par 3, 161 Yards
Architect(s): Arnold Palmer – 2001
Gil Hanse (redesign) – 2007
Player Consultant: Brad Faxon – 2007

Architectural Analysis:

The scenic par 3 16th hole is TPC Boston’s shortest hole measuring only 161 yards. From the tee, precision is paramount as competitors must avoid the water surrounding the green to the front and left. A stone-faced wall surrounds the petite green, giving the hole its distinct New England character. The green, which is one of the smallest on the course, features two tiers and is protected on the right by a single high-faced bunker. In addition to the two tiers, the putting surface also contains a mound in the center, which divides the green into distinct quadrants. Due to the green’s movement and the center mound, only very accurate shots will be rewarded with realistic birdie opportunities. To do so, players will need to find the correct quadrant of the green and use the green’s slope to guide shots towards pin locations. Pin positions to the front or left will greatly increase the hole’s difficulty with players taking on more risk to get close. Aggressive shots can be rewarded on the final par three at TPC Boston as long as they are executed without fault. While birdies are achievable, the only past Deutsche Bank Championship victor to play the 16th better than 1-under for the week was Phil Mickelson in 2007.

Statistical Analysis:

The par 3 16th hole played slightly under par in 2013 to a scoring average of 2.95. While a majority of the field recorded pars, nearly two times as many birdies were recorded as scores over par (64/34).

Over the past five years, scoring averages have remained relatively consistent with an average of -0.046 to par, as well as an average of 68.4 birdies and 40.8 bogeys or worse.

Fun Facts:

  • Three holes in one have been decided In Deutsche Bank Championship history on 16. Two aces were recorded in 2011 by Greg Chalmers and Brandt Snedeker, with the only previous instance by Robert Allenby in 2006.
  • The PGA Tour partnered with Deutsche Bank, the Tiger Woods Foundation and IMG to create the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2003. As the only official Monday finish on the PGA Tour, the inaugural event raised over $1.5 million for the Tiger Woods Foundation and local charities, which set a PGA Tour record for a first year event.
  • Prior to its opening in 2002, TPC Boston’s site was used as a gravel mine, as well as for charcoal production used in the jewelry, brick and iron industries.