After another thrilling week north of the border, the PGA Tour returns to Akron, Ohio at Firestone Country Club for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
In 1915, Harvey Firestone purchased 1,000 acres of farmland south of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company factory as part of a plan to provide his employees and their families’ houses, schools, churches, a public park – all within proximity to work. He commissioned his landscape architect, Alling DeForest, to design a community. In 1929, Firestone began construction of the Firestone Country Club for his employees. Today the club consists of three separate golf courses (North, South and West).
In 1954, the first professional tournament was held at the Firestone Country Club. Known as the Rubber City Open, this tournament lasted until 1960. The South course is the tournament-level layout which was historically dominated by Tiger Woods. From 1999 until 2013, Woods won the tournament eight times, including twice winning three years in a row.
Designed by Bert Way in 1929 and redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1960, is best known for its legendary history of tournament play. It is long and narrow - favoring the those that can bomb it and mostly keep it in play.
Holes To Watch
Descriptions from PGATour.com
Hole 2 - PAR 5, 526 YARDS
This narrow dogleg left is reachable in two shots. Overhanging trees make a high, right-to-left ball flight on the tee shot a must. A series of bunkers protect this undulating green that features a false front.
Hole 4 - PAR 4, 471 YARDS
The fourth is the most difficult hole on the course. An accurate tee shot is required to hit the right-to-left, sloping fairway. The second shot must come in high to hold the elevated green. Par is always a good score.
Hole 6 - PAR 4, 469 YARDS
The sixth is a slight dogleg left that requires a long and straight tee shot. This green slopes severely from back to front and is protected on the left and right by bunkers. Player should leave their ball below the hole to get a good look at birdie.
Hole 15 - PAR 3, 221 YARDS
This long par 3 requires a precise tee shot. The green is deep but narrow with bunkers on the left and right. Par is a good score.
Hole 16 - PAR 5, 667 YARDS
The 16th is the signature hole at Firestone. The extension of the tee now brings the bunkers into play, which are approximately 280 to 290 yards off the tee. A long iron second shot down the hill must avoid a creek on the right and stay short of the pond that guards this small green. The front right pin is the most challenging.