Hole 1 || Par 4
Welcome to the first hole at Pacific Dunes. The fairway landing area is generous, so try to gauge your tee shot to leave 100-125 yards into the green. A tee shot left of center provides a better angle to this green nestled into the sand dunes.
Yardage: Black 370 / Green 304 / Gold 287 / Blue 200 / Orange 253
Hole 2 || Par 4
The best angle to approach the green is from the left side of the fairway, however, the left side features most of the trouble. Check your yardage and the wind to see if you can carry the middle bunker. With mounding on the left and right of this green, most balls will funnel toward the center.
Yardage: Black 368 / Green 335 / Gold 335 / Blue 180 / Orange 275
Hole 3 || Par 5
The view from the elevated tee presents the challenge of this par 5 as you head toward the Pacific Ocean. Choose your target either left or right of the second bunker depending on the wind. The second shot should favor the left center of the fairway to open up the green for your approach. Take enough club on approach as short shots tend to feed right toward the bunker.
Yardage: Black 499 / Green 476 / Gold 476 / Blue 309 / Orange 452
Hole 4 || Par 4
The entire length of this par 4 plays on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Take aim just right of the left fairway bunkers and hit it long. The approach shot should favor the left side of the green as a large slope front left directs balls to the right. Enjoy the view on the right but keep your golf ball left!
Yardage: Black 463 / Green 449 / Gold 410 / Blue 320 / Orange 369
Hole 5 || Par 3
With the prevailing wind at your back, you will need to play this hole significantly shorter than the actual yardage. A shot slightly left of this green will filter down onto the putting surface. This two-tiered green will challenge even the best putters.
Yardage: Black 199 / Green 181 / Gold 163 / Blue 115 / Orange 133
Hole 6 || Par 4
The sixth hole offers many options. Whatever you do, take enough club to carry the fairway bunker on the right. A shot to the right center of the fairway will give you the best angle into this slender green. If you find the left greenside bunker the best bet is to play out sideways. This green is extremely narrow and slopes dangerously off to the right.
Yardage: Black 316 / Green 288 / Gold 288 / Blue 167 / Orange 267
Hole 7 || Par 4
Regardless of wind direction, this is one of the most difficult holes on the course. If you are forced to lay up it is best to do so at about 85 yards to avoid bunkers. Approach shots that are not hit on line will fall prey to heavy contours in front of the green. While making your way to the green, notice the natural bunkering on the left side. It is quite remarkable.
Yardage: Black 464 / Green 436 / Gold 377 / Blue 239 / Orange 314
Hole 8 || Par 4
Into the prevailing wind, a drive favoring the left side of the fairway will avoid the fairway bunker on the right, and provide the best angle to the green. Getting your approach shot close at the eighth can be a chore. A false front and a large pot bunker guard the front of the green. A nice bail out area is long right where a steep slope can funnel balls back onto the putting surface.
Yardage: Black 400 / Green 369 / Gold 349 / Blue 240 / Orange 296
Hole 9 || Par 4
Check the sign on the tee to determine which green you are playing. The fairway is much wider than it appears from the tee. If the lower green is being used then keep your tee shot a little left of center; the steep sloped fairway will help you toward the hole. To the upper green, use the tallest mound in the fairway as your target. The center of the lower green features a large mound. The upper green slopes away.
Yardage: Black 406 / Green 379 / Gold 356 / Blue 262 / Orange 268
Hole 10 || Par 3
The biggest obstacle at this hole - besides the distraction of the scenery - is the thick rough and mounding left of the green. A large elevation change from the upper tee combined with the prevailing wind, make club selection critical on this par 3. Try to keep your ball flight low. A safe place to leave your approach is short of the green.
Yardage: Black 206 / Green 163 / Gold 149 / Blue 128 / Orange 129
Hole 11 || Par 3
This short par 3 is a strong challenge. The green is surrounded by native beach grass, bunkers, and gorse. Forget about the hole location and focus on getting your ball in the center of this green, the smallest on the course.
Yardage: Black 148 / Green 131 / Gold 114 / Blue 96 / Orange 96
Hole 12 || Par 5
A par 5 playing against the prevailing wind. Direct your tee shot at the cross bunker in the middle of the fairway. Check your yardage and the wind to make sure your second shot will clear that same bunker and if not, be sure to avoid it – there is plenty of room on either side. Don’t let the flat putting surface fool you, putts can be fast.
Yardage: Black 529 / Green 507 / Gold 476 / Blue 330 / Orange 449
Hole 13 || Par 4
Venturing into the prevailing wind, this long hole plays even longer. The fairway is more generous than it may appear from the tee. With a deep and elevated green it can be difficult to tell where the hole is located, so don't forget to take a peek at your hole location sheet.
Yardage: Black 444 / Green 390 / Gold 371 / Blue 250 / Orange 336
Hole 14 || Par 3
An approach that misses the green on this short, downwind par-3 leaves one of the most difficult up-and-downs on the course. Figure your yardage to the front of the green, because balls will certainly release to the hole.
Yardage: Black 145 / Green 128 / Gold 119 / Blue 100 / Orange 100
Hole 15 || Par 5
This hole offers a generous landing area off the tee, so relax and make a great swing. With the wind behind you, it is possible to reach this green in two shots. A slightly elevated green means a good short game will be rewarded.
Yardage: Black 539 / Green 504 / Gold 492 / Blue 320 / Orange 452
Hole 16 || Par 4
Check your yardage to the corner of this dogleg right hole. A long iron or fairway wood may be a good choice. Your best option from the tee is to play to the left side of the fairway. The green will open up from there. The green slopes from front to back and the approach is downwind. It is a challenge to hold this putting surface.
Yardage: Black 338 / Green 338 / Gold 301 / Blue 200 / Orange 292
Hole 17 || Par 3
A right-to-left shot shape is ideal. Deep bunkers protect the left front of the green, with a steep ridge running along the back.
Yardage: Black 208 / Green 189 / Gold 164 / Blue 118 / Orange 128
Hole 18 || Par 5
A sloping fairway toward an enormous left bunker puts a premium on your drive. Favor the left side of the fairway on your second shot to avoid trouble right. This green is slightly bowl-shaped so shots will automatically move toward the center. The greenside bunkers are nice to look at but not to be in.
Yardage: Black 591 / Green 575 / Gold 548 / Blue 346 / Orange 479
"Numbers are as irrelevant here as at the Old Course at St. Andrews. It’s just man against course - and weather. And golf really doesn’t get much purer than that." – GOLF Magazine