Montreux Hole by hole
August 2, 2017
No. 1, 494 yards, Par-4
Not a super difficult hole. Last year it played to a 4.109. The downhill par-4 has a large driving area, and pros will hit either a driver or fairway wood off the tee. The green is two tiered and it will run away from the golfers in the back. The green is protected by a bunker on the left and two bunkers plus some water on the right.
No.2, 584 yards, Par-5
The hole played to an average of 4.860 last year, giving up 28 percent birdies and 58 percent pars. A big pine sits in the middle of the fairway, and it's imperative you avoid that off the tee. If you go for the green in 2, you have to avoid the pot bunker short and left of the green, and the greenside bunker on the right. The two-tiered green drops off sharply on the left.
No. 3, 186 yards, par-3
Par is a good score here. This is a slightly uphill hole with a large bunker guarding the green on the right side. A bank behind the green will gobble up long shots and shots to the left. Normally players will hit a 7 or 8-iron off the tee depending on pin placement and the wind.
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No. 4, 355 yards, par-4
One of the risk-reward holes on the course. Longer hitters can get it really close, while other will probably lay up short and left of the bunker complex that guards the green. The second shot requires great distance control. Hole played to a 3.969 a year ago.
No. 5, 491 yards, par-4
The long downhill par-4 has two trees on the left. A good drive will leave you with a short approach shot into the green. If a long iron or 3-wood is used off the tee you can avoid the rough on the right. The green is two-tiered and guarded on the right by a bunker. Played to a 4.198 average last year.
No. 6, 477 yards, par-4
This is the start of the "Bear Trap." The hole plays from right to left, and the tee shot needs to be played down the right side to take advantage of the sloping fairway. No fairway bunkers on the hole, meaning you can safely hit the driver here. The bunker protecting the left side of the green is deep. Any shot that's played from the right side will go back to the middle of the green.
No. 7, 183 yards, par-3
A par is a good score here. This is a tough hole, and club selection is key. There's a lengthy carry over water to a shallow green. There's a large ridge in the green, and there's more room to land the ball on the right side. The toughest pin is the one tucked into the left-hand corner. A pot bunker protects the left side of the green. Played to a 3.123 last year.
No. 8, 636 yards, par-5
This is the longest hole at Montreux, and it's a challenging hole. The tee shot needs to avoid the water on the left, and the second shot needs to go slightly left to avoid a huge bunker. The green undulates and is probably the biggest on the course. If the wind is at the back of the players, an eagle is a possibility although none were recorded last year. Played to a 4.829.
No. 9, 429 yards, par-4
Played to a 3.850 average a year ago. Club decision shapes the way you play the hole. A 3-wood off the tee needs to go toward the small bunker on the left side of the fairway to avoid the large fairway bunker on the right. If he pros hit driver, they face the possibility of the ball running off the fairway if they clear the bunker on the right.
No. 10, 413 yards, par-4
Played to a 3.986 last year. Most pros will play a fairway wood or hybrid off the tee. The drive needs to stay away from the fairway bunker. The bunker on the front left protects the pin when it's in the back left location. A mild slope in the green, and it goes from front to back.
No. 11, 171 yards, par-3
Uphill shot into a large green. The front left is guarded by a ravine and two bunkers. If you miss, you need to miss right. Played to a 2.944 last year.
No. 12, 429 yards, par-4
A drive down the left side is the play here. Any drive hit to the right could wind up in a lateral hazard. The second shot must carry all the way to the green to avoid a ravine in front of the putting surface. A big pine tree on the right could catch some approach shots. Played to a 4.034 a year ago.
No. 13, 518 yards, par-5
Played to a 4.626 a year ago, making it one of the easiest holes on the course. Narrow fairway, and the right side is the preferred landing area. If the pros go left, their view for the second shot will be blocked by trees. Going for it in two means carrying the pot bunker in the front left. A lay-up means dealing with a narrow fairway followed by a tough pitch to an elevated green with a huge bunker on the right.
No. 14, 367 yards, par-4
The hole is narrow and slightly downhill. For the biggest hitters, it's a drivable hole. Laying up off the tee leaves you with an approach shot into a narrow, yet deep, undulating putting surface. Played to a 4.017 last year.
No. 15, 439 yards, par-4
A tight driving hole, guarded by trees on the right and bunkers on the left. A mid-iron approach shot takes you into a green that slopes left to right. The approach shot should favor the left side of the green. If you miss that area, the ball can spin off to the chipping area on the right. Played to a 4.019 last year.
No. 16, 220 yards, par-3
A good start to the finishing three holes, especially in the Stableford scoring system. The hole is downhill and the green is two-tiered and slopes away from the pros on the back portion. Any shot that carries past the middle of the green could easily go off the back. There's a greenside bunker on the right. Played to a 3.179 last year.
No. 17, 464 yards, par-4
The tee box is 100 feet above the fairway, and it's one of the most beautiful holes on the course. A long drive is critical, because the green is narrow. The Galena Creek runs alongside the left portion of the fairway. If you land in the bunker on the left, saving par will be tough. Played to a 4.147 last year. Par is good here.
No. 18, 616 yards, par-5
This is just the type of finishing hole that every course should have. It's the second-longest on the course, and another risk-reward in every sense of the word. You want to get as far down the hill as you can with the tee shot. Certainly is reachable in 2. If you lay up, you're left with a short shot to an undulating green. There's water on the right that could affect the second shot, and there are bunkers on the right side of the green. The left is a good place to miss. Played to a 4.606 and has yielded many birdies over the years.