Course Strategy

Inside the yardage book: Riviera Country Club

February 16, 2022


The PGA Tour returns this week to one of the most revered courses in the country. Set among the Pacific Palisades, Riviera Country Club is home to the Genesis Invitational, hosted by Tiger Woods.

Though Woods has never won at Riviera, the course holds a special significance to him as it’s the site of his first PGA Tour start back when he was a 16-year-old amateur in 1992.

Few know and respect the history of the PGA Tour the way Woods does, and there is perhaps no short par four in the world revered as much as the 10th hole at Riviera. Once called the greatest short par four in championship golf by Jack Nicklaus, the 10th is not only a true risk-reward hole, but one of the most unique holes players will see all year.

So, maybe there’s not much of a decision to be made, after all. Regardless, players will have to navigate the small-but-mighty 10th, along with some other unusual obstacles—the 6th, with a bunker in the middle of the green, barrancas, kikuyu turf and the famous stadium setting at the 18th—to get a handshake from Mr. Woods late Sunday afternoon. Hometown hero Max Homa will look to defend his title starting at 3:10 p.m. ET Thursday.

With the help of yardage books from Strackaline, a company that scans and provides detailed books of thousands of courses (look up your course's yardage book), we can get an in-depth look at each hole players will try to conquer this week at Riviera.

Here’s a map of each hole: