This is one of Quaker Ridge’s most scenic holes, with a majestic oak on the left. (When Byron Nelson won the 1936 Met Open, he thought of his tee shot as “kicking a field goal” between the big oak on the left and a similarly sized tree on the right that is no longer there; a tree has been planted in that location to eventually bring back Byron’s shot.) As on the other holes in this stretch of difficult par 4s, a well-played tee shot is imperative. The fairway narrows at 275 yards, which will tempt players to lay back so as not to confront hidden rough to the left or the boundary to the right. One of the more unusual aspects of this hole is the island of rough in the fairway that conceals a strong slope and most likely a rock outcropping underneath—a unique and interesting design solution to a natural impediment in the fairway. A front-left hole location is guarded by the deepest bunker on the course, and a bunker that wraps around the left side of the green.
This greenside bunker is actually a form of Tillinghast’s deception bunkers. This bunker, as seen from close in from the right side of the fairway, appears to be right on the edge of the green, but in reality is set back about 10 yards from the putting surface.