Hazeltine National gets rerouted for Ryder Cup

Current Holes 1-4, 14-18, will comprise the Front Nine
Current Holes 10-13, 5-9, will comprise the Back Nine

The changing of the routing of the holes at Hazeltine National Golf Club for the 2016 Ryder Cup was done for a number of reasons, as follows:

Holes Nos. 5 thru 9 provide significantly better spectator viewing, in that all are two-sided holes and offer more people with the ability to see more of the golf on what will now be the closing holes.

Holes Nos. 5 thru 9 are closer to the Main Spectator entrance/exit and bus terminal, and will provide an easier and far safer departure environment from the grounds upon the conclusion of the matches, for all spectators and attendees.

Hole No/ 16 of the current routing is the farthest point from the spectator exit and with limited daylight at the time of the year, it would offer a long, and potentially hazardous exit point when matches finish on those holes. We hope to do everything we can to protect the safety of the spectators, corporate clients and all attendees.

Holes Nos. 5 thru 9 provide potentially more swing-type holes, which could provide even greater excitement and offer players more risk-reward opportunities. In particular, the par-5, 7th hole (which will be hole No. 16 for the Ryder Cup) is an exciting dog-leg right par-5 that can be reachable in two shots. However, it also has a water hazard short and left of the green along with bunkers to the right of the green, providing a dramatic risk reward match-play hole.

Also, hole No. 8 (which will be hole No. 17 for the Ryder Cup) is a tantalizing and relatively short par-3 with a small and tricky green complex, which also has water short and right of the green and bunkers left and long.

From a player perspective, these finishing holes have shorter walks from green to tee than holes No. 15 thru 18 (which will be holes No. 5 thru 9 for the Ryder Cup) so that once on the back nine there will be fewer gaps between the play of two holes.

Official Yardage
Hole Par Yards Meters Marker Location
1 4 442 404 Plate -- 2nd Tee
2 4 429 392 433 Plate (-4)
3 5 633 579 Plate
4 3 210 192 Plate
5 4 352 322 Plate
6 5 642 587 Plate
7 4 402 368 Plate
8 3 186 170 182 Plate (+4)
9 4 475 434 Plate
IN 36 3,771 3,448  
10 4 452 413 Plate
11 5 606 554 Plate
12 4 518 474 Plate
13 3 248 227 Plate
14 4 448 410 Plate
15 4 405 370 Plate
16 5 572 523 Plate
17 3 176 161 Plate
18 4 432 395 Plate
OUT 36 3,857 3,527  
TOTAL 72 7,628 6,975