Biarritz Green in Golf

The green on the ninth hole at Yale Golf Course is a biarritz green
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A biarritz, or biarritz green, is a putting green that features a deep gully, or swale, bisecting its middle. The gully, which is manicured the same as the rest of the green, usually runs from side-to-side, but sometimes runs from front to back.

A biarritz is especially challenging when the hole is cut on one side of the swale and your ball is sitting on the other side, requiring a long putt that must travel down the gully then up its other side to reach the hole. Some golfers choose to pitch over the gully rather than putt through it. Obviously, when approaching a biarritz green it behooves the golfer to get his ball on the same side of the swale as the flagstick to avoid having to putt across the gully.

The name "biarritz" come from the golf course in France where the first-known biarritz was constructed, Biarritz Golf Club. The club's La Phare Course is home to the original biarritz.

Also Known As: A golf hole that includes a biarritz green is often referred to as a biarritz hole.

Alternate Spellings: With a capitalize "B," as in Biarritz.