About this hole
Within the overall routing of the new Championship 18, the ninth hole plays in the opposite direction of the old first hole. The advantage for the ninth hole results in less conflict with the adjacent driving range in the sense that any sliced tee shots will go back into the golf course and not into the range.
Originally, this hole did not have a fairway sand bunker but as the shaping of the hole progressed, it was clear that a bunker cut into the face of the rising fairway was a great opportunity to showcase the topography of the hole.
Cut the corner with your tee shot over the fairway bunker on the left and have a shorter approach shot to an elevated green. This simple strategy requires negotiating a pair of bunkers protecting the left for the benefit of the more direct route. Out of bounds lurks along that left side, though, so golfers can play safe along the rolling fairway to the right of the bunker to avoid any undue penalty.
From the right side, the golfer will avoid green-side sand along that side but will need to take a longer route as payback for avoiding the sand. The subtle elevation change from either side of the landing area will require more club to a green bisected into back and front tiers. The back tier is further bisected by putting surface flashing off mounds back right and back middle.