Each of the course’s 18 holes were meticulously crafted by David McLay Kidd to balance playability with strategy, challenge with stunning beauty. The result is a compelling test of golf that exhilarates, confounds, inspires and delights golfers of all abilities amidst the unspoiled beauty of San Francisco’s East Bay hills. Among the most notable holes at TPC San Francisco Bay are:
#4 | 479 yards | Par 5
At 479 yards, this short but uphill par-5 plays a bit longer than the yardage suggests and if played wisely, should yield a good score. Off the tee, players must avoid bunkers on each side of the fairway. From the fairway, players are faced with a blind uphill shot and should favor the left side of the fairway. The gap between the two giant oak trees in the distance is the ideal spot to aim for. The green is one of the smallest on the course and one of the more level putting surfaces.
#5 | 326 yards | Par 4
A temptingly short par-4 with a lot of bite, the 326-yard 5th is a true risk/reward hole. Two bunkers lurk short of the green and may deceive players into thinking the green is closer than it is. Trust the yardage on this hole. Aggressive players capable of carrying the ball a long way may consider going for the green from the tee. To do so, the best line is between the oak tree on the left and the left side of the fairway. The putting surface is one of the most interesting on the golf course. Depending on the pin location, players can expect a variety of twists and turns on this small but difficult green.
#6 | 606 yards | Par 5
This 606-yard par-5 dogleg right offers a spectacular challenge and many playing options. From the tee, players must keep the ball well left, allowing it to roll down toward the center of the fairway. For the second and possibly third shots, players must be precise with their yardage if they choose to lay up short of the barranca that bisect the fairway. Lay ups 175 yards from the green will remain short of the hazard. To carry the hazard from the fairway, players must carry the ball to the 130-yard marker. The putting surface feeds balls that are short and left down to the front of the green. Balls long and left will feed toward the center.
#10 | 437 yards | Par 4
One of the most visually stunning holes on the course, the 437-yard par-4 10th hole begins with a breathtaking tee shot with the San Francisco Bay as its backdrop. The best tee shots will carry over the center of the left bunker, as the fairway extends much further to the left than it might appear. Longer hitters may opt for a fairway wood from the tee to avoid running through the fairway. Distance control is the key to the approach shot, so players will have to choose their clubs wisely.
#12 | 625 yards | Par 5
The 625-yard par-5 12th hole is one of the most unique and exciting holes anywhere. From the tee, players are advised to aim at the cart path in the distance, staying clear of the lurking fairway bunkers on the left. From the fairway, the possibilities are endless. Longer hitters may opt to take advantage of the elevation drop from the fairway to the green complex. Players going for the green can take aim anywhere left of the center bunkers and allow the slope to take the ball to the green. Players laying up to the left should plan on a 160-170-yard third shot from the tee side of the barranca. Other options include playing a shot to the right of all fairway bunkers, leaving a short but tough approach to the green. The putting surface is a delight for the creative player. Use your imagination and the natural slope to create a custom chip or pitch to the hole.