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Going to Colonial this weekend? These holes are best places to watch

The Colonial golf course from above

View of some of the holes at the Colonial golf course from a helicopter where the Fort Worth Invitational is being played.
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View of some of the holes at the Colonial golf course from a helicopter where the Fort Worth Invitational is being played.

An air-conditioned suite might be the most desirable place to be this weekend for the Fort Worth Invitational. Unfortunately, most of the spectators won’t have access to such comfort and luxury if they choose to spend the holiday weekend at the Colonial.

But there are still plenty of good spots to catch the golf action this weekend. Here’s the Star-Telegram’s top five:

No. 13: Colonial proudly calls this its “famous” hole and it even has a presenting sponsor in Plains Capital Bank.

This is known as the "party hole" and it’s worth seeing the atmosphere and rowdiness. Plus, it provides a good challenge for players.

It’s a 190-yard par-3 over water that could spoil a player’s day.

No. 4 green, No. 5 tee: Colonial is known for its ‘Horrible Horseshoe,’ spanning Nos. 3-5. This is the best place to watch the most famous stretch on the course.

No. 4 has never been aced in tournament history and provides a stiff test for even the best in the world. It’s a long tee shot, pushing 250 yards, into a difficult green that isn’t the most receptive.

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Get a spot in the grandstand to check out the putting on the 4th hole green and the driving from the 5th hole tee box. Michael Currie Star-Telegram

A bunker also sits on the front-left of the green.

From the bleachers behind the green, spectators can then watch the pros tee off on No. 5. This is easily the most difficult tee shot on the course, and several players will opt for a hybrid or long iron just to land in the fairway.

It leaves a lengthy second shot, but it’s better than going in the woods to the right, or out of bounds on the driving range left.

No. 16: The 13th is the most recognizable par-3 on the course, but No. 16 may be more intriguing in the weekend rounds. Contenders can easily fall out of contention with a misstep on the 192-yard hole over water.

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The par-3 16th is a great spectator hole that could ruin a round for contenders. Michael Currie Star-Telegram

It’s a large, but tricky, green too. If a player ends up on the wrong side, a three-putt becomes a real possibility.

No. 18: Spectators can never go wrong staking out the finishing hole. There is plenty of good bleachers seats open to watch the approach shots and putts on this final hole.

It’s a nice test for the players, too, with a narrower fairway and water running down the left. The approach shot is tricky with the green running towards the water and being guarded by three bunkers.

No. 9: Similar to No. 18, there is plenty of good bleachers for fans to take in the action on the par-4 ninth.

It’s a dogleg right that requires a solid tee shot to avoid four fairway bunkers and have an open angle to the green. Water protects the green, as well as a pair of backside bunkers, leaving little room for error.

Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka are among the top players in the world, and are in the hunt to win the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial this weekend.

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