Hole 9
Par 3

 

Championship: 

164 yards

  Member: 143 yards
  Forward: 127 yards
  Handicap: 15

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They say there are 18 signature holes at Quaker Ridge, but the shortest par 3 has elements that most of them do not. First of all, it is right at the hub of the club, with a spectacular clubhouse view. Second, the hole itself has a shallow, slightly elevated, kidney-shaped green—much like many of the greens across the street at Winged Foot—and it is surrounded by bunkers. (While not of the classic Redan shape and size of many of C.B. MacDonald’s designs, its inspiration is clearly likely that of a Redan.) There are several excellent hole locations on this small green, each presenting a different challenge. This short- to middle-iron shot will yield some birdies. Miss the green, and achieving par is a great feat. No. 9 is an example of a great, short Tillinghast par 3. When Tillinghast built the course, he provided several “aiming” trees for direction around the course. The large tree to the back right of No. 9 is one such example still existing.
   Although not seen from the teeing ground, there is a large bunker directly behind the putting surface of No. 9. A sand shot from behind the green to a back pin position is problematical.