The more you understand how the courses you play are intended to be played, the more likely you are to play them well. That's why we present Signature Holes on a weekly basis, a look at the architecture and strategy behind some of the most enjoyable and/or challenging holes in our portfolio.
We head to the desert today for a look at one of our favorite types of golf holes: a short par 4. They're the best, really. When done right, every score is possible, from eagle to double bogey. And that's exactly what's possible on the ninth hole at Quarry Pines Golf Club near Tucson, Ariz.
At just 302 yards from the championship tees, the longer player can blast away toward the green and have a chance. However, there's plenty of trouble to catch the eye. First, you're teeing off from an island of grass in a sea of asphalt roadway, leaving you feeling disconnected from the hole. Then there's the houses to the right that are like a magnet for big-swing slices. If you get cold feet at the last millisecond and pull it left, the ball could wind up in the desert portion of the course. And, oh yeah, if you hit it straight toward the putting surface, there are six bunkers surrounding it.
But, yeah, go ahead and pull driver and let's see what happens, right? Of course!