Olympic’s 16th Hole is a Popular Topic
Mean. Disgusting. Beastly. All adjectives used to describe The Olympic Club’s 670-yard par-5 16th, which is quickly becoming the most talked about hole at 112th U.S. Open this week.
“You can’t reach that hole [in two] from the forward tees,” Masters Champ Bubba Watson said today.
Four-time Major Champion Phil Mickelson took it a step further.
“I would never say it’s unfair. I just wouldn’t say it’s a good hole,” Mickelson remarked.
Watson, who is perhaps the longest hitter on the PGA Tour, was unable to get within sixty yards of the 16th green after two straight bombs with his driver.
In addition to the insane length, there’s a narrow fairway, intensely thick rough, extreme dogleg and – oh yes – a tiny green.
“That hole is all you want,” 2009 US Open Champ Lucas Glover said. “I don’t know that anybody, without a serious wind at their back, could get there in two. Getting there? Maybe. Getting the ball to hold? There’s no chance. It’s a three-shot hole for sure.”
For more details Olympic’s fun-filled sixteenth hole, check out golf.com’s report.