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I don't think the Golden Age architects thought about the tenth hole as being special at all. They did not imagine games starting at the tenth, or for that matter Nassaus; they were only thinking about match play, and in match play the tenth is just another hole. So, you get your fair share of tenth hole par-3's, not more or less than you would expect at random.
10th at the remodeled Ocean Cse at Olympic is a par 3. Fits the available land at that end of the property.
What makes the 10th at Bel Air even harder, is that you tee off feet from the clubhouse/restaurant, where sidebets are being made among the observers as to where your tee ball is going to end up.