Hole-by-hole guide to TPC Harding Park, host to US PGA Championship

For the second straight year, the PGA Championship will be played on a municipal course. After Bethpage in New York last year, this time it's at a public track in San Francisco
Hole-by-hole guide to TPC Harding Park, host to US PGA Championship
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 04: A general view of the flag on 18th green during a practice round prior to the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 04, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/PGA of America/PGA of America via Getty Images )

No 1, 393 yards, par 4: A relatively straightforward opening hole at under 400 yards and with no fairway bunkers. A sole greenside bunker is the biggest challenge on the approach shot.

No 2, 466 yards, par 4: Two fairway bunkers to the left of the fairway narrow the landing area and a deep bunker on the right guards a subtly sloping green.

No 3, 185 yards, par 3: The elevated green means players cannot see the putting surface from the tee, while the front of the green is protected by two bunkers.

No 4 607 yards, par 5: The longest hole on the course requires a tee shot shaped around the right-to-left dog-leg to find a bunker-free fairway. The wide green offers plenty of possible pin placements.

No 5, 436 yards, par 4: Another hole without any fairway bunkers, its main defence is a long, narrow green with a steep drop off on the right-hand side.

No 6, 472 yards, par 4: A difficult tee shot must be played through a chute of trees to find a fairway which turns from right to left, while three bunkers guard a large, contoured green.

No 7, 340 yards, par 4: The likes of Bryson DeChambeau will be tempted to try to drive the green, which has bunkers front left and right. More sand to the left of the fairway could catch any mishit shots.

No 8, 251 yards, par 3: A dauntingly long hole where par will be a good score. The green sits at an angle from the tee and features a front-right bunker and grass swale to the left.

No 9 515 yards, par 4: Converted from a par five for the championship, the final hole on the front nine is also protected by a cluster of fairway bunkers and more up at the green.

No 10, 562 yards, par 5: The back nine opens with a good scoring opportunity with this reachable par-five. Avoiding bunkers to the right of the fairway leaves an approach to a receptive green.

No 11, 200 yards, par 3: A straightforward par three which plays slightly downhill to a green protected by bunkers right and left at the front of the putting surface.

No 12, 494 yards, par 4: Another hole converted from a par five, this gentle dog-leg from right to left features out-of-bounds all the way down the left-hand side and cypress trees short and right of the green.

No 13, 472 yards, par 4: A new championship tee means the tee shot must be shaped left to right to avoid an overhanging cypress and clear a fairway bunker.

No 14, 470 yards, par 4: The undulating fairway slopes towards a deep gully on the left and means uphill approach shots are often played from an uneven lie to a green which slopes from back to front.

No 15, 401 yards, par 4: A short, downhill par four which could encourage the bigger hitters to cut the corner of the right-to-left dog-leg and get close to the green. A good birdie chance.

No 16, 336 yards, par 4: Already tempting for the aforementioned big hitters, the tee could be moved forward to give more players the chance to drive a tricky green which is well guarded by bunkers.

No 17, 171 yards, par 3: The shortest hole on the course runs alongside Lake Merced and could provide a crucial late birdie if players can judge the wind correctly.

No 18, 480 yards, par 4: The lake is more in play on the dramatic closing hole, which curves from right to left around the water and demands a brave tee shot before an approach to a tricky, elevated green.

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