Firestone Country Club - 16th Hole

Northern Bay #6 - Par 5

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History

The words Firestone South can conjure up fond memories for many golf fans. Few will forget Jack Nicklaus's magnificent comeback in the 1975 PGA Championship. Down by five strokes to Bruce Crampton, Nicklaus made an unbelievable par on the "Monster" 16th hole. He continued to his comeback to win by four strokes, collecting his 4th PGA Championship.

A more recent memory might be from the 2000 World Golf Championship - NEC Invitational, where Tiger Woods hit the now-famous "Shot in the Dark" on the 18th hole to secure his victory in the event. One of the longest par 5's on the PGA Tour, Firestone's 16th hole is a beautiful tree-lined and narrow par--5 that plays mostly downhill. Bert Way designed Firestone's South Course in 1929. It was, for decades, a regular stop on the PGA tour and has hosted numerous major championships.

The Approach

This hole is the ultimate test of your long game. Even a great tee shot only sets you up for a difficult layup with a fairway wood or long iron. There's a bunker guarding the left side of the fairway and a pond fronting the green; only the most accomplished players can go for it in two.

Precision on every shot is critical for the average player, but you need a solid wedge game to get close enough in three to attempt a birdie putt.


Look down the fairway of a golf hole with several sandpits

Our warning to all, don't rest on this hole, it's sneaky, and your group will likely see
more double bogies than pars.

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