Firestone Country Club

Hole

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7

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out

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Yards

399

497

442

458

234

469

219

450

470

3638

410

370

178

457

418

221

625

392

464

3535

7173

Hndcp

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13

15

7

11

1

17

5

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16

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14

18

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Par

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35

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5

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35

70

Firestone-South: Known as "The Monster", this Eighteen, at 7,180 yards, Par-70 is one of the longest and most demanding on the Tour. It was commissioned by millionaire industrialist Harvey Firestone. He had it built in 1928 for his employees of Akron, Ohio before real estate became a determining factor. It was built for golf. Prior to the 1960 PGA it was redesigned by Robert Trent Jones. He added fifty bunkers, two ponds and changed two greens, rebuilding and enlarging others.. Because of its length, Firestone requires unusually skillful long-iron play. Approach shots to the Par-4's often demand strong accurate 2, 3 and 4 irons to the elevated and well guarded greens. But it is the drive that sets up the second shot, and the narrow, tree-lined fairways are unforgiving to the errant Tee shot. The challenges from hole to hole are relentless, especially on the Front, where birdie opportunities are rare. Score well there and chances for a good finish are real. However, it is the final four on the Back that have become famous because the World Series of Golf was played here and televised annually (since supplanted by the World Golf Championships Tour event). The Fifteenth is a 230 yard, Par-3 to a narrow green that slopes dramatically from the back to the front. Next is the 625 yard, Par-5, one of the longest in the United States. Going for the green in two can be rewarding or disastrous The drive has to be long and down the right to set up a risky shot on down the hill to get home in two. Even then, the two-tiered green, which is higher on the right back can deter any attempts at eagle. The uphill Seventeenth can make or break a round. The green is elevated and guarded in the front by a steep bunker. Failure to clear the bunker can cost two shots or more because you might have to hit away from the pin just to get out. Overshooting the green can cause a testy downhill chip back. The stingy Eighteenth at 465 yards, par-4 reemphasizes the two bywords of the course, length and accuracy. Cut the dogleg-left too much and the trees will block out the approach. Not one of the most exotic or contemporary of today's courses, Firestone is nonetheless one of the most classically challenging, recognized, and consistently revered courses in America. The course will host one of a Series of annual World Golf Championships with an elite field of players whose eligibility is determined by participation in Ryder and Presidents' Cup events.


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