Riviera’s clubhouse stands high on a ridge overlooking the course, and Hole Nos. 1, 2, 9, 10 and 18 have portions elevated upon the hillside. But the rest of Riviera is fairly level, and George Thomas used the flattish valley floor as an unencumbered stage upon which to choreograph some of golf’s most artistic and strategic numbers. One of the show’s biggest hits comes at the fourth, a prodigious yet rarely televised hole that Ben Hogan called: “the greatest par 3 in America.”
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