The 17th hole is one the toughest par threes around. Playing over 210 yards, slightly uphill, usually with a left to right cross wind, over huge bunkers, to a green that is slightly over fourteen yards deep, the 17th hole is clearly intended to impose one final turn of the screws.
From the tee box, only a tiny portion of the putting surface is visible. You must take at least half a club more than normal, hit it HIGH, slightly left of the pin and pray that it will land on the putting green. If not, your recovery shot will be much easier from any of the other bunkers than from the one in the front.
The green is a two tiered design set sideways to the hole. With the pin on the lower, right tier, any tee shot landing on that part of the green, will have a better shot at birdie. Par is also a good accomplishment from anywhere.
The green being narrow from front to back, is also guarded in the back by some rough and bunkers awaiting for shots that have been overclubbed. From these bunkers you will need a deftly executed shot to stay on the green.