The Magic Number: the search for great par 3’s
June 6, 2011 2 Comments
Here are suggestions as we embark on our search for the Worlds Greatest Par Three hole? If you have any more suggestions to add to our list please leave them as a comment below.
Kingsbarns Golf Links, Scotland, Hole 15
Played around the rocky shores of St. Andrews Bay, the 15th hole is gaining a reputation as one of Scotland’s finest par 3s. The 15th is a 185 yard par 3 that can’t help but be compared to Cypress Point’s glorious 16th. It is certainly one of the most beautiful holes in Fife, which can derail a good ride anytime. Depending on the pin location and the wind, it can be every bit as difficult. The hole is laid out with the North Sea to its right. Except for the extreme left, there is no fairway, rather, the tee shot must carry over water and rocks.
Set on a natural rock outcropping known as a site for whale watching, the signature island hole, “The Tail of the Whale,” features the added challenge of an oceanside tee on the beach, with an undulating green designed in the shape of a whale’s tail, situated 199 yards off the coast. A tee box is based on the mainland, while the putting green is set on the idyllic natural offshore island. This hole is the only natural island green in the world.
Legends Golf and Safari Resort, South Africa, Hole 19
The course’s so-called “Xtreme 19th” hole is a par 3. A par 3 whose tee is atop a cliff on Hanglip Mountain, more than 1,400 feet above a green carved like the continent of Africa. You’ve got to take a helicopter to get to the tee box, and from there it’s more than 630 yards to the pin. Once you tee off, it takes nearly 30 seconds for the ball to hit the ground.
Should you manage to drill a hole-in-one on the 19th, congratulations — you’ve just won yourself a million bucks, and the right to call yourself the most Xtreme golfer on Earth!
If you know of any world beating Par 3 holes – let me know and Ill be sure to add them to future posts on the Magic Number.