Hole of the Week: No.6 at Bellerive

Bellerive CC Hole 6
A view of the sixth hole at Bellerive CC in St. Louis, MO, host of the 2018 PGA Championship. Credit: Gary Kellner/PGAA via Getty Images

When the 1965 U.S. Open came to Bellerive, this long, risky par-3 – though not the layout’s longest – played to an astonishing 4.03 stroke average. In the first two rounds alone, No.6 was responsible for 14 triple bogeys or worse.

Bellerive CC Hole 6
A view of the sixth hole at Bellerive CC in St. Louis, MO, host of the 2018 PGA Championship. Credit: Gary Kellner/PGAA via Getty Images

A new generation of players and equipment have mitigated that kind of bite, but the risk/reward factor at No.6 still produced nearly twice as many double bogeys and worse in the 2008 FedExCup playoffs (BMW Championship) as any other hole on the property.

Keep in mind, too, that it’ll probably be set up somewhat tougher with a major championship at stake.

“If our fans want to see good challenges and potential train wrecks, that would be the hole to see,” said Bellerive head professional Mike Tucker.

Tee shots must carry a pond to a diagonal green, with bunkers placed left of the green’s front and behind on the right. The green used to be larger, but was scaled back in front without losing a good pin position.

The green also has a swale across the middle, which could make for some excitement if the setup team opts for a pin position there, allowing balls to funnel toward the hole.

No.6, Bellerive CC
Par 3, 213 yards
2008 average: 3.06 (7th toughest)
2008 scores: no aces, 50 birdies, 172 pars, 39 bogeys, 11 double bogeys, one higher

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