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Southern Hills marks a new era of more dynamic major-championship setups (the par-4 fourth).
Players will have to decide how far to press their luck with drives on the par-4 third.
A product of the Great Depression, funded by Phillips Petroleum money and constructed by hundreds of workers who stood at the gate each morning hoping for a 25-cents-per-hour job that day, Southern Hills is architect Perry Maxwell’s great achievement. Nearly every hole bends left or right, posing critical tee shots that must risk something. The putting surfaces have the classic “Maxwell Rolls,” and most are guarded by simple yet effective bunkers. During the summer of 2018, architect Gil Hanse and crew rebuilt much of the course, in the process re-establishing Maxwell’s distinctive, gnarly edged bunkering and reconstructing the green shoulders that had been built up over the years.
100 Greatest: Ranked since 1966.
2023-'24 ranking: 28th.
Previous ranking: 32nd.
Highest ranking: No. 8, 1993-'94.
Best in State: Ranked first since 1983.
2023-'24 ranking: First.