Course Architect(s): Perry Maxwell (1935), Keith Foster (renovated, 1999)
Year Opened: 1936
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Slope: 136. Rating: 74.0
Par: 71
Yardage: 7,198
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 464 Yds    10 - Par 4 373 Yds
                      2 - Par 4 488 Yds    11 - Par 3 173 Yds
                      3 - Par 4 451 Yds    12 - Par 4 458 Yds
                      4 - Par 4 372 Yds    13 - Par 5 537 Yds
                      5 - Par 5 655 Yds    14 - Par 3 223 Yds
                      6 - Par 3 200 Yds    15 - Par 4 413 Yds
                      7 - Par 4 384 Yds    16 - Par 5 567 Yds
                      8 - Par 3 245 Yds    17 - Par 4 358 Yds
                      9 - Par 4 374 Yds    18 - Par 4 465 Yds
                      Par 35  3,631 Yds     Par 36  3,567 Yds

Key Events Held: U.S. Open Championship (1958, '77, 2001),
                 U.S. Amateur Championship (1965)
                 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship (1946)
                 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship (1961),
                 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship (1953),
                 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship (1987),
                 PGA Championship (1970, '82, '94, 2007),
                 PGA Tour Championship (1995-96).

Awards Won: #32 by Golf Digest - America's 100 Greatest Courses (2007-08),
            #27 by Golf Magazine - Top 100 Courses in U.S. (2005),
            #33 by Golf Connoisseur - 100 Most Prestigious Private clubs,
            #45 by Golf Magazine - Top 100 Courses in the World (2005),
            #1 by Golf Digest - Best in State Rankings, Oklahoma (2005-07).


HISTORY:  Oilman  Waite Phillips donated  the land  that is now Southern Hills
Country  Club. Phillips  was approached  by Bill  Warren and  Cecil Canary  to
finance  a new country club, however Phillips was having his own problems with
the  stock  market, as  he lost  almost $50 million.  Phillips gave Warren and
Canary  two weeks  to get 150 Tulsans  to pledge $1,000 each, but he would not
help  them  to finance the  project. The money  was raised and famed architect
Perry Maxwell, a native Oklahoman, who designed Colonial and Prairie Dunes was
hired  to  design  the course.

Southern  Hills  has  been  the site  of  many championship  events, including
three U.S. Opens and three PGA Championships. Famed winners  at Southern Hills
are:  Babe Zaharias, Tommy Bolt, Bob Murphy, Hubert Green, Dave Stockton, Ray
Floyd, Nick Price and Retief Goosen.

The most recent  event held  at Southern  Hills was the 2001 U.S. Open,  where
Goosen defeated Mark Brooks in an 18-hole playoff. Goosen had  a chance to win
the title  in  regulation, but three-putted  from 15-feet to  fall back into a
tie with Brooks, who was cleaning out his locker prior to hearing the news.
During the  playoff, Goosen outlasted Brooks, 70-72 to become the third South
African to capture the U.S. Open.

REVIEW:  With a beautiful  view of the Tulsa skyline, the opening shot from an
elevated  tee box gives the player a sense of calm. That will surely change as
you  play the course. A slight dogleg left, the first is a solid starting hole
with very little trouble, as long as you keep it in the fairway.

Number two is a  difficult driving hole, as your tee shot must carry 225 yards
over bunkers and a creek just to reach the fairway.  From there a  mid to long
iron must negotiate a green  surrounded  by  four bunkers. Be prepared to give
one back.

The  third is a  sharp dogleg left featuring a stream that crosses in front of
the  tee box  and flanks the left  side of the fairway and crosses back across
the  end of  the fairway. Although four  bunkers guard the green, a short iron
should  produce  a birdie.

Another  chance for a  birdie comes at number four. This  short,  slightly
bending to the right hole, has a rolling fairway which slopes to the right and
assures the player of a difficult lie to an uphill green. Once again a quartet
of bunkers await  your approach shot. The green slopes  severely from  back to
front, so  don't miss long.

The longest hole in Open history, prior to Oakmont in 2007, the fifth is a
bear at 655 yards. Just making par on this dogleg left will be reward enough.

The first one-shotter rings in at number six. Wind direction  will decide club
selection on this 175-yarder. The meandering creek of Southern Hills guards
the left side, along with a bunker while another sand trap  awaits shots
missed to the right. Once again, the green slopes from back to  front,  so
accuracy here  is a  key.

The seventh  slopes right to left and requires  an uphill, blind tee shot to a
fairway that falls away to the right. Although short at just 384 yards, thick
rough guards both sides of the fairway and  the  greens is  hidden  by  three
bunkers,  fronting  and  left. A  quick undulating  green  will also be
difficult  to master.

The longest par-3 on the course,  the  eighth features a  long green with a
hump in the middle, making birdies  unlikely.

The  final  hole on  the  outward nine  winds  back to  the clubhouse  and is
similar  in style  to  the  18th. A  dogleg  right, a  well positioned tee
shot must be placed in the left side of the fairway, opening up your  approach
to the green.  The uphill second  shot must battle three large bunkers and a
sloping green front back to front.

The  back  nine starts out simply  enough, or does  it. At just 373 yards, one
might  think a  birdie is in the  offing, however a dogleg right and a sloping
fairway  left to  an uphill  green guarded  by five  bunkers will  make par  a
difficult  task.

One  of the smallest greens  on the course is the par-3 11th. This downhill
hole is guarded by four bunkers and features a green that slopes from  back to
front  and right to left. A large pond sits along the left side, but  does not
come into  play.

Many call  the  12th, the  signature hole  at Southern  Hills.  A precise tee
shot is  called for on  this dogleg left to a blind  landing  area as it
slopes from  right to left.  A long to middle iron awaits  the  player to a
well-banked  green, guarded left by three bunkers and right  and front by a
stream. Both Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer ranked the 12th as one of America's
greatest par-4 holes. Bogies and double bogies will abound on  this  hole.

Birdie  awaits the  player on  13th, most  likely the last real birdie  chance
on the  course. This par-5  is just 537  yards and slopes from right to left
with two bodies of water guarding the left and right side before the  green.
After a solid drive, the player has the option to go for the green in  two or
lay up short of the water, leaving an easy wedge to a small putting surface,
surrounded by  five bunkers.

The  final par-3  on the  course is  a monster  at 223  yards, guarded by six
bunkers, four left and two right. Wind will  dictate club selection  and it is
not uncommon for three-metal to be the answer.

It is possible to steal one on the 15th. Just 413 yards, a well-placed tee
ball will  leave  the player  with  a short  iron  approach, however  the
severely  sloped  green and  five  strategically  placed bunkers  could  cause

Although  played as a  par-four for  the U.S. Open, the 567-yard 16th requires
both length and accuracy off the tee. Length gives the player an opportunity
to  view the green  while accuracy affords  a chance to reach the green in
two. Otherwise, its a routine three-shotter to a smallish green, with water
left and four difficult bunkers.

The 17th figures to be a birdie chance, however  a tough,  sloping left-to-
right fairway with trees and a creek on the right, make the tee shot a
priority. After negotiating the first half, then a narrow,  two-tiered green
with four fronting bunkers await.

One of the finest finishing  holes in golf, the 18th requires extreme
patience. A solid tee shot placed  on  the left side of  the fairway, opens up
the dogleg right. Now the player  is faced with  an uphill second shot,
similar to the ninth, but longer at  200-plus yards. Although the view of the
clubhouse is spectacular, this is not a fun shot, as two large ball receiving
bunkers front the putting surface. Once aboard, the slick green slopes front
and right and is one of the quickest on the course.

OVERALL: With  all its history  and style, Southern Hills is a true gem and a
must play if possible. Not a so-called beautiful course, but a venue that is
very taxing mentally and physically reminiscent of Oakmont. The course
features tree-lined fairways, doglegs both right and left, difficult rough and
severely sloped greens. To  score well, one must be on top of his game or a
long day will ensue. Look what happened when the U.S. Open came to town, only
four players broke par and not even Tiger Woods could shoot better than 69.

A true country club with over 900  members, Southern  Hills  also features a
47,000-foot clubhouse, two swimming pools, 11 tennis courts and another nine-
hole course designed by Ben Crenshaw. This course will beat you up, but you'll
keep coming back for more.

With it's hosting of the 2007 PGA Championship, Southern Hills becomes the
first course to play host to four PGA Championships. Playing as a par 70, this
course will give the players all they can handle.