With the awkwardness of an elevated tee aiming you right, prevailing wind in your face or quartering, and out-of-bounds down the right, even today’s launchers are discouraged from attempting to drive over the fairway pot bunker 290 away.
Besides, just hitting the fairway still leaves a wedge or sand wedge approach and a great birdie opportunity, so why bother?
The line off the tee here is crucial. A tee shot played too far left can lengthen the approach yardage significantly, especially since this is likely another iron or hybrid off the tee. And with the sandy area in front (once a more menacing barranca) tee shots in the left rough will be faced with a decision on how to approach the green.
Definitely one of the most difficult putting surfaces at Pebble Beach to gauge how an approach reacts and in reading putts.