Rancho Mirage, CA
Rancho Mirage, CA
David R. Johnson,
Course Architect: Desmond Muirhead
Fairways: Bermudagrass; Kentucky bluegrass
Greens: Bermudagrass; perennial ryegrass; Poa trivialis
Rough: Bermudagrass; perennial ryegrass
Par 4: The course opener requires a tee shot down the middle. The three bunkers surrounding the green are the main challenge to this hole. The elongated green hosts some tough pin-placements, so the approach shot must be accurate.
Par 5: One of the longest holes on the course, this slight dogleg-left is bordered by traps down both sides of the fairway. Despite the downward slope which makes it hard to hold the green, this is one of the few true birdie holes at Mission Hills. Long hitters can hit the green in two.
Par 4: Hole 3’s uphill fairway makes it play longer than it is. The narrow landing area off the tee requires a long, straight shot. Often one of the toughest holes on the course, the large green is made more daunting by difficult pin placement.
Par 4: The slight dogleg-right demands an accurate drive. The uphill approach shot to the green is deceiving, and leaves many players scrambling to save par. The three bunkers guarding the green add to Hole 4’s difficulty.
Par 3: The fifth hole requires a precise iron shot over the water to the two-tiered green. With a rear pin placement, plenty of spin is needed to hold the ball on the top tier.
Par 4: At 391 yards, Hole 6 is a severe dogleg-left. Players who choose to go for it have to carry water and a row of palm trees. A safer tee shot is to the landing area down the right side. The welltrapped green slopes severely from back to front, causing most players to attempt to keep the ball below the hole.
Par 4: At 395 yards, prevailing winds often come into play on this sharp dogleg-left. The ideal tee shot lands to the left-center of the fairway. This is the only way to take the trap and mound on the right and trees on the left out of the approach shot.
Par 3: Hole 8 is short on yardage and long on intimidation. The elevated green guarded by two traps taunts the player from the tee.
Par 5: Finishing off the front nine is the longest hole of the course. A sharp dogleg-left, the tee and second shots are tight, tree-lined target areas. The subtle undulations on the green often surprise many a golfer.
Par 4: This wide fairway allows players to be aggressive off the tee. Fairway bunkers line both sides, but players favor the right. This leaves a clean approach to the deepest green on the course.
Par 5: Long hitters will find the green in two, as long as the narrow fairway is found off the tee. Varying pin placements increase the difficulty on the green.
Par 4: A birdie is possible on this downwind rolling fairway with a slight dogleg left. A well-placed drive is important to miss the midpoint bunker just before the trees.
Par 4: One of the more difficult holes on the course, 13 begins a four-hole stretch that separates the champion from the rest of the field. The large, tiered green is notorious for not holding approach shots.
Par 3: Even though this is the shortest hole on the course, it requires accuracy and good timing due to shifting winds, bunkers and water. The tee is elevated and the fairway slopes downward, making club selection crucial.
Par 4: No. 15 has the reputation for being the toughest driving hole on the Dinah Shore Tournament course. Bunkers on the left at mid-point and trees on both sides of the fairway leave little room for stray tee shots. The green is elevated and well guarded by deep bunkers.
Par 4: Consistently ranked as the most difficult hole on the course, staying out of the trees on the right is crucial. The green is hard to read with its many subtle contours. Most players are glad to take par on this hole.
Par 3: No. 17’s tee shot is deceptively more difficult than it looks. The green is uphill from the tee, and is protected on the front and in the rear by deep bunkers.
Par 5: The most famous 18th hole on the LPGA tour has two different tees. The LPGA determines each day which tee is played. The island green is huge with hard-to-read contours requiring accuracy and skill with the putter. Watch for the winner to jump in Poppie’s Pond!