Hole 6 – Deception Point
Setup 1 – (~495 yards) – Back left pin
After extending the landing strip tee area on this hole to create a new back tee, this hole can now play anywhere from 495 yards to 300 yards. That is an astonishing amount of variation! I expect the USGA to stretch this hole to its full length right away.
Unfortunately, there is not much variation in the fairway to match the amount of options at the tee. While hugging the right side of the fairway by A gives a better angle and shorter approach shot, it is only a marginally better shot than playing for B in the middle of the fairway. Playing for the center is a much safer option, as well, as the player’s number one priority off the tee should be not to miss to the right.
Players that miss to the right of the 6th fairway will be faced with thick rough, an uneven lie, and a blind approach shot. That is a lot to overcome when you also consider that the green is long and narrow, with little margin for error. Best to avoid this area entirely.
Of all of the pins at the 6th green, the back left pin sets up the best to receive an approach from the left, so missing to the right is even more of a no-no with this setup.
The green tilts severely from back to front, with two “coffin bunkers” on either side. Missing above the hole leaves a putting adventure on this green, but that should not be an issue with this pin. Despite being maxed out in length, this setup will be one of the few easier ones on this hole.
Setup 2 – (~440 yards) – Front right pin
As the tee is moved forward, the player may be enticed to try to cut the corner of this slight dogleg. Here is what they will need to carry to cut the corner:
With the pin on the right, again, approaching from the left is not a bad option. the challenge with this pin will be trying to keep the ball below the hole. Players will need to loft a high shot in to hold near the pin, or attempt a run-up shot between the left and front bunkers. Any who go long will face a downhill putt that could easily end up off of the green.
Setup 3 – (~350 yards) – Middle left pin
Here is yet another hole where the USGA has indicated its desire to move the tee forward. When paired with a pin on the left side of the green, the angle into the green plays a more prominent role in the strategy off of the tee. For the best angle of approach here, the player will need to cut the corner and flirt with the front greenside bunker, A, on the right. Safer shots out to the left by B must approach directly over the left bunker, with the green sloping away and towards the center.
Regardless of angle, players approaching this pin with a wedge in their hands must be precise with their distance control. Too long and they face a slick downhill putt. Too much spin and they might be facing a slow uphill putt way back from the front of the green.
Setup 4 – (~480 yards) – Back left pin
This pin will be the most difficult and likely saved for Sunday. The general back to front character of this green does not apply to the back left corner, where the green reaches its apex near the back edge of the left bunker, and then abruptly falls away into a swale. Expect the pin to be perched precariously on the edge of this falloff. The best approach shots will be played towards the back center of the green, and the back right slope provides a bit of relief and could possibly bring the ball back towards the hole.