Hole 6
Par 4

 

Championship: 

478 yards

  Member: 434 yards
  Forward: 414 yards
  Handicap: 1

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Many believe that No. 6 is the most difficult hole on the course because it provides a supreme challenge with a driver off the tee, as the fairway slopes from right to left in the driving area while the hole slightly doglegs from left to right. As a result, many top players prefer to hit either a fairway wood or long iron off the tee, leaving a very long second. An overly aggressive choice off the tee brings the Sheldrake Creek into play on the far left. Two strategically placed bunkers wait in the fairway at 100 yards out, complicating layup shots. The small, firm green features a long bunker that runs along the left side into the fairway, while the right side, if the grass is short and the ground firm, could see a cut shot bounce out-of-bounds. There are three distinctly difficult hole locations here with the back-right knob and the front-left dip providing ample challenge. Interestingly, the hole originally played as a par 5.
   Two bunkers have recently been put back in the driving area on the right side of the fairway in keeping with Gil Hanse’s sympathetic restoration of the course. The back edge of the first bunker is approximately 270 yards from the championship tee and 290 plus yards to the forward edge of the more forward bunker. In the early days of the Club, No. 6 played as a par 5, as it still does from the forward or woman’s tee today. In the famous 1920 exhibition match with Ted Ray and Harry Vardon against Walter Hagen and Quaker’s own Johnny Farrell, Vardon made an eagle 3. Even today, a 3 on No. 6 is quite an accomplishment.