|Architects Notes by Gil Hanse|
In contrast to the newly widened hole corridors on the previous holes, the 5th hole retains its tree line, calling for a accurate and straight drive. If the fairway is found, a very interesting puzzle awaits as the second landing area is now bunkered in a manner that will require the golfer to make a decision on how aggressive they want to be. My least favorite shot in golf is the second shot on a par 5 where the only requirement is to advance the ball as far as possible, without thought to distance or angle. This short par 5 now has multiple options that can lead to glory or agony, and that is interesting.
‘Park’ comes from the original name of the Garthwick subdivision, which was Golf Park.
1970 USGA Men’s Amateur Championship… Tom Kite went one ahead when Wadkins ran into tree trouble and bogeyed the 5th hole.