When members of the PGA Champions Tour tee it up Friday in the initial round of the first Hoag Classic, the 6,601-yard, par-71 golf course at Newport Beach Country Club might seem lush and green from a rainy winter, but history shows that looks can be deceiving.

Newport Beach has plenty of sharp teeth, especially on the par-3s, and how the pros play those holes will likely determine the size of their paycheck on Sunday.