The tee shot on the 12th hole, will tax even the best drivers of the ball. To some of the golfers chagrin, the landing area is not readily visible from the tee box, because its view is obscured by the large fairway bunker.
The fairway is set an angle to the tee shot making the hole turn sharply left beyond the cross-fairway bunkering. Line is critical, and a solid tee shot aimed over the right side of the bunker with a draw is the preferred shot, safely avoiding the trees, which overhang the left side of the bunker. Because carrying the bunker requires such a prodigious shot, during the 2002 U.S. Open, some players opted for the bailout area to the right of the bunker. They still had over 270 yards to get to the green.
Once in the fairway, a long iron or hybrid is required to hit the pear-shaped green, which is easy to see from the fairway but yet, protected by conspiratorial bunkers on both sides.
The green has a steep step around the half-way point, making any putt hit from the wrong level a definite adventure. Anything hit over the green falls off the raised rear, leaving a delicate recovery shot. The pin position can make this hole either very difficult, or downright impossible.