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U.S. OPEN: THE COURSE

Here is a hole-by-hole look at the par-70 course, which will play between 7,084 and 7,152 yards, depending on which tees are used on two par 3s (the fourth and 16th).

No. 1, par 4, 470 yards _ A par 5 for members, this requires a long, uphill approach shot to a large, well-bunkered green.

No. 2, par 4, 381 yards _ Two intricate series of fairway bunkers keep most drivers in the bag. The key is to keep the approach below the hole; the green slopes steeply from right to left.

No. 3, par 4, 466 yards _ A new tee here is one of the few significant revisions made for this championship, but the added length will demand a long, accurate drive. The sharp dogleg left makes this one of the most difficult holes.

No. 4, par 3, 162/194 yards _ Alternate tees will be used to take maximum advantage of this signature hole, dominated by a huge pond just in front of the green.

No. 5, par 4, 413 yards _ This slight dogleg right is protected by fairway bunkers and features a green that slopes from rear right to front left.

No. 6, par 4, 470 yards _ The drive here is made even more challenging by a crowned fairway. The large, flat green is open in front.

No. 7, par 4, 470 yards _ This second consecutive 470-yarder is a dogleg right with new fairway bunkers that require a drive of at least 275 yards. Several deep bunkers protect the big, sloping green.

No. 8, par 4, 374 yards _ This short hole with a slight dogleg right should produce birdies.

No. 9, par 3, 205 yards _ This long par 3 has a small green guarded by several deep bunkers. Alternate tees will offer different tee shots.

No. 10, par 4, 454 yards _ Overhanging trees on the right demand a tee shot to the left side of the fairway, which is bordered by deep bunkers. The green has several big slopes.

No. 11, par 4, 428 yards _ A severe left dogleg and a series of bunkers on the right make driving the key here, although thick rough and deep bunkers surround the large, undulating green.

No. 12, par 3, 193 yards _ The difficult contours of the sunken green make birdies well earned.

No. 13, par 4, 401 yards _ A bunker on the left and a creek cutting diagonally across the fairway from left to right require a well-placed tee shot on this dogleg right.

No. 14, par 4, 415 yards _ Trees along the left side may prompt players to hit a shorter club off the tee, but the big, relatively unprotected green should yield birdies.

No. 15, par 4, 430 yards _ Uphill and bordered by big trees on both sides, this hole will play longer than listed, and its severely sloped green will not permit many birdies.

No. 16, par 3, 180/216 yards _ The tee placements vary, and the enormous, wavy putting surface offers a wide variety of pin positions.

No. 17, par 5, 630 yards _ After waiting 16 holes for their first par 5, players might not be too happy to encounter this monster. Strategic fairway bunkers will deter even the longest hitters from trying to reach the green in two shots.

No. 18, par 5, 542 yards _ A long, accurate tee shot will allow many players to go for the green in two, but numerous bunkers surround a green that has deceptive undulations.

_ REUTERS

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