April 21, 2009

Quite possibly the world's toughest golf hole: "The hole itself plays as a par 3, albeit the longest par 3 in the world at 587 m."

posted by mr_crash_davis to golf at 10:25 PM - 19 comments

Here's my problem with golf...the only people that would get a chance to ace this hole and win the $1 million are people that don't need it in the first place...is a cool looking experience tho...

posted by MeatSaber at 11:59 PM on April 21

Green fees have to be a bit on the high side at that course.

Silly hole if you ask me.

posted by dviking at 12:13 AM on April 22

If you misplay your drive into the "second cut" and need to take a drop, do you have to use a parasail or an ATV to get to the spot?

Personally, I would take a bucket of cut balls and a bottle of Jack Daniels up there just to get a feel for the "down and distance" as they say in the NFL, then chopper on back to the clubhouse for a second unit of Jack.

Rusks and thick coffee to follow at daylight.

posted by beaverboard at 01:10 AM on April 22

If you by chance make the green, does the ball, having been heated up by re-entry speeds, bury itself about 6 inches into the turf???

posted by firecop at 09:48 AM on April 22

I got that in an email a few days back. The rest of the course is incredible too. How in the world could you read the wind on the green from that far up?

posted by dbt302 at 12:16 PM on April 22

I don't think this hole's any stupider than the 17th at TPC Sawgrass.

posted by wfrazerjr at 01:07 PM on April 22

the 17th at sawgrass is an amazing hole. seperates the boys from the men. this looks like more luck then skill. TPC's 17th is the ultimate in skill.

posted by Debo270 at 02:33 PM on April 22

I remember about 15-20 years ago a book called something like "The Worlds Most Difficult Golf Courses" and it had stuff like that. Only it was Photoshopped. (Or whatever the heck they did in those days.) Hilarious book.

This hole immediately made me think of that book. We sure this isn't a joke?

posted by Drood at 02:49 PM on April 22

I don't think this hole's any stupider than the 17th at TPC Sawgrass.

As a resident of Jacksonville, I must say this: You are a blasphemer! 17 at Sawgrass is one of the greatest holes in golf. If I faced it in competition I would throw my clubs down at the tee and run screaming into the pines, ne'er to be seen again.

posted by rcade at 03:11 PM on April 22

Hang Gliding down should be mandatory.

posted by cjets at 06:26 PM on April 22

Is it just the saddest thing that I know the 17th at Sawgrass, because I've been playing Tiger Woods 09 for the last week?

posted by MeatSaber at 06:28 PM on April 22

That looks like one of the holes in the Wii Sports golf game. Wow.

posted by boredom_08 at 10:54 PM on April 22

forget hang gliding... i would BASE jump after the ball as soon as i finished my swing.

posted by setlasmon at 08:44 AM on April 23

I may choose to play from the women's tee on that hole. It's only 400 meters and 350 meters up.

posted by BoKnows at 10:32 AM on April 23

There was a tournament played in Socorro, NM, that involved only one hole. It went from the top of Socorro Peak, at around 7000' altitude to the finish on the New Mexico Tech golf course at around 4000' altitude. I can't find a link to it anywhere, but I read about it on one of my trips to Socorro and the White Sands Missile Test Center. I believe it was a charity thing, and was not a serious event.

posted by Howard_T at 04:27 PM on April 23

Howard, the New Mexico Tech Golf Course was blown up by a freak accident following a rogue missile presumably from the White Sands Missile Test Center. Do you know anything about that?

posted by BoKnows at 05:50 PM on April 23

Not following golf, I didn't know anything about the 17th at Sawgrass, but this is a funny analysis of the hole.

posted by kokaku at 08:37 PM on April 23

There was a tournament played in Socorro, NM, that involved only one hole. It went from the top of Socorro Peak, at around 7000' altitude to the finish on the New Mexico Tech golf course at around 4000' altitude. I can't find a link to it anywhere, but I read about it on one of my trips to Socorro and the White Sands Missile Test Center. I believe it was a charity thing, and was not a serious event.

I think you may be referring to this.

posted by bender at 11:06 AM on April 24

Howard, the New Mexico Tech Golf Course was blown up by a freak accident following a rogue missile presumably from the White Sands Missile Test Center. Do you know anything about that?

I can neither confirm nor deny any connection to that activity. Our corporate legal staff will answer any and all questions concerning the strange explosion. (Socorro had the closest hotel. We were testing out in the desert about 60 or 70 miles away, and nothing we ever fired had a range of more than a few miles.)

I think you may be referring to this.

That's exactly it! Thanks, bender.

posted by Howard_T at 05:19 PM on April 24

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