View of hole 12 from the air

Oakmont Country Club - 3rd Hole

Northern Bay #12 - Par 4

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This hole dates back more than a century to 1903, when Henry C. Fownes, noted golf course architect of that day, designed what has become a National Historic Landmark. Oakmont Country Club has played host to many golf championships, including the National Amateur, The PGA Championship, and seven U.S. Opens.

Oakmont gained additional notoriety for its "Furrowed" bunkers during the 1973 U.S. Open. Johnny Miller established the U.S. Open eighteen-hole scoring record with a 63 in the final round in 1973, regarded by some as the most incredible round of golf ever played.

View from the end of the hole

Church Pews

The third hole here is probably one of the most easily recognizable holes in all golf because of the massive bunker guarding the left side of the fairway. Today, this bunker is known as the "Church Pews" bunker, for the rows of grassy mounds in the center, causing many a wayward golfer to pray for help.

Keep your tee shot to the right side of the fairway here. You don't want to mess with any of the "Pews" on the left side. An uphill approach to a blind green and unknown pin placement will test even the most seasoned golfer. Leave your second short, and you might find it nearly back at your feet. Hit it long, and the dense rough, and steep embankment behind the green make a recovery shot almost impossible. Hit it right of the green, and either deep bunkers can swallow it up. Your best shot here is the center of the green.

The sandpit with green areas within

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