Hogan's Alley: What It Is, Where It Is, Why It's Called That

There are actually multiple places in the golf world called Hogan's Alley

A statue of Ben Hogan near the clubhouse at Colonial Country Club, a club sometimes called Hogan's Alley
This statue of Ben Hogan is at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, one of the three places nicknamed Hogan's Alley. Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Do you know what - and where - Hogan's Alley is?

Actually, Hogan's Alley isn't an "it," Hogan's Alley is a "they" or "them." Because there are multiple Hogan's Alleys in golf: Two golf courses are nicknamed Hogan's Alley, and one golf hole is named Hogan's Alley.

All of them are named after golf legend Ben Hogan.

The Golf Courses Nicknamed 'Hogan's Alley'

There are two famous golf courses that are nicknamed Hogan's Alley.

Those two courses are:

Why are these courses called Hogan's Alley? Because Ben Hogan was so successful at each.

At Riviera, Hogan won what was then called the Los Angeles Open three times, the first time in 1942. But it was following the 1947-48 seasons that Riviera started to be referred to as Hogan's Alley. That's because Hogan won three times there in that two-year period: the Los Angeles Open both years, plus the 1948 U.S. Open.

Colonial Country Club has always been the site of what debuted in 1946 as the Colonial National Invitation Tournament and is today named the Dean & Deluca Invitational. And Hogan holds the tournament record with five victories. He won the first two years of the event, 1946-47, plus in 1952-53, and again in 1959.

Hogan is the only golfer to win the Colonial in back-to-back years, and he did it twice.

It's also noteworthy that his 1959 win at Colonial was the last of his PGA Tour victories. For years after his competitive career ended, Hogan was a visible presence at Colonial during the PGA Tour tournament.

The Hole That Is Named Hogan's Alley

There is also one hole on another famous golf course that was originally nicknamed Hogan's Alley but now is officially named that:

  • Hole No. 6 on the Championship Course at Carnoustie Golf Links, Carnoustie, Scotland

The No. 6 hole at Carnoustie is a par 5 with a split fairway. The safer play is go up the much wider right side, but the better line (leaving the better set-up for the approach shot into the green) is up the narrower and more dangerous left side.

In 1953, during his only appearance in the British Open, Hogan played up the more dangerous left fairway - bunkers on one side of the tight landing area, out-of-bounds on the other - all four days. All four days he hit his target.

And he won the tournament. After that, the hole became nicknamed "Hogan's Alley." During a ceremony in 2003, Carnoustie officially renamed the hole Hogan's Alley. (The hole's original name was "Long.")