Behind the Architectural Curtain - Fields Ranch at PGA Frisco West #5

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June 21, 2024
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5th Hole, Par-3, 81-145 Yards
Architect: Beau Welling (2023)
Frisco, Texas, USA

One of the major success stories this year was the manner by which Pinehurst No.2 was prepared for this year's US Open. One of the central attributes was the elevation of precision into a core requirement from those competing.

A new golf facility that opened in 2023 and is 28 miles north of Dallas – Fields Ranch at PGA Frisco – highlights the nature of precision at the par-3 5th. The hole can play as short as 81 yards and stretched to 145.

Architect Beau Welling created precise landing points depending upon the daily pin position.

"While the green itself is fairly large at about 7,400 square feet, the putting surface really plays like a small green because of its depth. The green is only roughly 45 to 55 feet in depth, contrasting its 160 feet in width."

Fifth hole at Fields Ranch at PGA Frisco West Course

Welling outlined the specifics of what makes the 5th so engaging.

"It's really unlike any hole that we have ever done in terms of what it looks like. The green features two centerline bunkers clustered together with false fronts on either side. Additionally, there are four bunkers beyond the green as well as roll-off areas where sand is not present, so pin position really dictates play."

With the course situated in Texas, it's imperative for players to successfully negotiate the daily wind fluctuations that routinely happen. On most days, players will encounter a headwind to overcome. Thus, trajectory control is essential for the club picked for that task.

While so much of golf at the highest of levels is centered on power and the capacity for distance, the 5th showcases how precision is an essential dimension in demonstrating the greatest dexterity in shotmaking.

Welling elaborated on that crucial dimension.

"One of our big things design-wise is that we are always asking a “better player” to try and hit really precise shots in order to score and this is very true of the fifth hole. While we want to challenge a low handicapper, we also want to offer a fair test of the game for all players.

Overall, I think the 5th is a really fun hole for all levels of play; it is likely a hole that sees a lot of birdies but also has a lot of “let's move on to the next hole” moments."


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