History: This event began in 1984 but was off the schedule in 2011.
In her 121st start on the LPGA Tour, Thailand’s Thidapa Suwannapura finally found the winner’s circle. The Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I headed into a playoff Sunday after Brittany Lincicome couldn’t convert a birdie putt on the 72nd hole, and Suwannapura played the par-5 18th perfectly in the playoff.
A very difficult starting hole which requires a precise tee shot to the crest of the hill short of the creek. Club selection is very critical for the second shot to an elevated green which slopes from back to front.
A very picturesque par three from an elevated tee to a very severely sloped putting surface. A shot kept below the pin affords an excellent chance for birdies. A shot above the pin will test the skills of even the best putters.
This hole is set up by the tee shot. The tee shot should be played from left to right. Properly executed, it will leave a second shot with a medium iron to a relatively flat putting surface. Any shot over the green will present a difficult shot to save par.
A slight dogleg left, this hole offers a good birdie opportunity for the long hitters. A properly placed tee shot should set up a short iron to a severely sloped green. The second shot should be kept below the pin.
A dogleg right, this hole challenges players to take a short cut over the corner of the dogleg. This will leave a relatively short iron to a green well guarded in front by a large bunker. This green has a very difficult putting surface due to its large size and a ridge which runs from front to back down the entire length of the green.
A very tight par three to a bowl shaped green, well protected by bunkers left and right, the woods and a deep ravine along the entire left side of the green. An accurate iron shot kept below the pin could offer a good chance for a birdie.
This, the longest hole on the course, is set up again by a left to right tee shot to a narrow landing area. A solid drive and a good second shot should leave players with a medium to long iron to a small target with bunkers on the left and right.
This hole completes the trio of par threes on this nine. It is again a very pretty hole on which players must negotiate a creek to an elevated green, flanked by a large bunker in front of the green and a small pot bunker to the left. This green has some very difficult pin placements which require proper club selection if a birdie opportunity is to be presented.
This is the signature hole. A relatively short par four from an elevated tee to a fairway, sloping to a creek that winds its way up the entire left side of the fairway. A large bunker guards the right side of the fairway with out-of-bounds designation down the entire right side. Club selection is extremely important for the second shot, as players can only see a small portion of the green. Any shot played from over this green is very difficult and will most likely produce a bogey five.
A relatively short par four. This tee shot is the most critical part of this hole as the landing area boasts two large bunkers left and right. A solid tee shot will leave players with a short iron to a large green, again bunkered left and right. This hole should produce several birdie opportunities.
This hole is one of the longest par fours on the course. The tee shot is blind to an elevated fairway with out-of-bounds designation down the entire right side. Players should avoid the right side at all costs. A tee shot left of center down the fairway will leave players with medium to long iron for a second shot.
This is the most difficult hole players face. An extremely long par four, a tee shot to the left side of the fairway is a must. There is out-of-bounds down the entire right side. An approach shot from the right side is guarded by a small creek at the bottom of a steep slope that runs along the left side of the green.
A short par four with a slight dogleg left. A tee shot to the right side of the fairway will set up the best angle of the green. The double tiered green is well bunkered front and back. The second shot should be played with a short iron and is very deceptive, depending on the pin position. This hole should offer excellent birdie opportunities.
This is the longest par three on the course. Most players will hit long irons to this hole. If the pin is in the rear third of this green, a putt from above left or right of the hole will be extremely difficult to two-putt.
A good driving hole with a deep ravine and woods to the right. Any tee shot in the fairway will leave players with a short to medium iron to a relatively flat green. This hole could produce excellent opportunities for birdies.
Again, an excellent driving hole. The green opens from the left side of the fairway, with a large fairway bunker. The tall trees that guard the approach from the right are very difficult to carry. The second shot is downhill to a partially blind green, guarded by greenside bunkers left and right. As on the previous six holes, out-of-bounds runs the entire right side of this hole and wraps around behind the green.
A relatively short par five, this hole will afford players an excellent chance for birdie. The long hitters have an opportunity to reach this green in two, but will require two perfect shots. The fairway meanders between a large bunker on the left and a series of large mounds on the right. The approach to this green is well guarded by a large bunker on the right and bunkers on the left and rear. This green has several tricky pin positions.
This is a great finishing hole. It is truly a three-shot par five. A dogleg left, players must guard against cutting off too much of the dogleg due to trees which guard the left side of the landing area. The right side of the landing area is protected by two large fairway bunkers. The second shot is critical; players must carry their shot to the second plateau. Any shot trapped on the small hill between the first and second plateau creates a difficult third shot to a well bunkered green.