U.S. Open Hole 14 preview -- Chambers Bay, 18 holes in 18 days
In the 18 days leading up to the June 18 start of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, FOX Sports.com and Golfweek will preview the Chambers Bay course -- one hole at a time.
Today’s hole: No. 14 -- Par 4, 512/546 yards
That’s not a typo, this is the longest par-4 in U.S. Open history. At least it tumbles downhill from the highest point on the property, 207 feet above sea level, to a fairway 50 to 100 feet below that feels like a carpet has been laid out in a lunar sandscape. It’s 270 to 300 yards just to reach the full fairway, but there is a neck of safe ground well out to right that will take a right-to-left shot and slingshot it forward. The key hazard here is a newly deepened pot bunker dead center in the fairway, small in size but vacuum-like in its tendency to suck in everything around it. The little devil is 318 to 343 yards to carry, which can be managed without wind and with the step descent from tee to fairway. But there’s also room around it, and the tighter left side affords a much better angle in to a green that slopes downhill from right to left.
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