January 4, 2017

Oak Tree National

Edmond, Okla. / 7,412 yards, Par 71 / Points: 62.2820
Oak Tree National hole 1
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58. Oak Tree National

Originally the men's-only Oak Tree Golf Club, with 18 holes patterned after previous Dye designs (the par-3 eighth, for example, was a close cousin to his 17th at Harbour Town, complete with a basket trap on the left), Oak Tree National has long been considered one of Pete Dye's sternest tests of golf. The hilly layout has numerous water hazards and deep bunkers protecting some very tiny greens, as well as gusting Oklahoma winds and gnarly Bermuda-grass rough. It has been a PGA Tour Champions fixture in recent years, hosting the 2006 Senior PGA Championship and the 2014 Senior U.S. Open.

100 Greatest History: Ranked 1977-2000 and since 2017. Highest ranking: No. 15, 1987-1988. Previous ranking: No. 51


Panelist comments:
“Demanding and exacting test of every part of your golf game. Pete Dye offers you chances to go for some heroic, risk/reward shots -- if you can find the fairway -- for those bold enough. ”

“It still has one of the toughest starting holes in golf, especially for a hole that plays downhill and downwind most days.

“One of the toughest tests of golf! The course is always immaculate and they are constantly adding to and tweaking the course!”

“Very difficult with well-placed bunkers, large oaks framing each hole and water coming into play on 14 holes.”

“The term forced carry was coined after playing the par 3s on this layout.”


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Hole No. 1

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Hole No. 4

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Hole No. 4

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Hole No. 10

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Hole No. 12