Cliffs of Doom

Andy Roberts's picture
Wed, 22 Feb 2017

"The Cliffs of Doom"

The eighth, ninth and 10th might be rather nice to look at when the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am makes its annual stop on the PGA Tour, but they are not particularly nice to play. 

Starting a tricky run of par four holes at the eighth along the "Cliffs of Doom", golfers must play a precise tee shot over a rock, some 240 yards to the middle of the fairway, leaving a deep breath and mid-iron across a chasm.

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The par-four ninth measures 481 yards, with deep rough down the left, no bail out to the right and one of the toughest greens to judge on the course. No wonder it plays the hardest hole at Pebble Beach year after year.

The 10th is not too dissimilar to the ninth, only it measures some 40 yards shorter. Players once aim left of centre on the sloping fairway, but must take enough club on the approach shot to carry the inlet short right of the green.