04.05.17 | Content Carl
While they may be the shortest of golf's holes they are also the most exciting. Every tee shot on a par three has the chance to find the hole. Since today's par-three contest at Augusta was canceled I've put together the ultimate short course of par-threes so you can get your fix of short holes.
# 12 - Augusta National - 155 yards
This short par-three is far from easy as it derailed Jordan Spieth who quadrupled bogeyed it in 2016. The hole is guarded by a lake that spans the entire green complex. From the shore there is a slight uphill that holds a bunker in the middle of the green. The backside also holds two bunkers ready to eat up a ball that flies the green.
# 17 - Merion Golf Club - 208 yards (middle tees)
The infamous quarry hole is one of the most memorable at the club on Ardmore Avenue. The long shot is down hill but the two tiered green is massive and surround by high fescue and dangerous bunkers.
#5 - Pine Valley Golf Club - 238 yards
The tee is located directly behind the clubhouse and sets the golfer up for an uphill shot that demands the carry of a lake, and then a cross bunker. Your not at the green yet though. In front of the green is about 50 yards of fairway flanked by bunkers on each side, though the right side is much more penalizing. Shots over the back of the green will also find a bunker. The course's other three par 3s could also probably make the list or take this spot as they are all amazing.
#7 - Pebble Beach Golf Links - 101 yards
The shortest hole on the PGA tour is also one of the toughest playing around 3.106 strokes at the last ProAm. The winds of the Pacific often force players to hit much longer irons. David Toms once had to pull out a 5-iron on it. Since 1983 there have been seventeen 6s and seven 7s made at number seven, wow that a lot of sevens.
#17 - TPC Sawgrass (Stadium Course) - 136 yards
The most famous island green in the world swallows up around 40-50 balls a year during The Players. The hole has been criticized with by many a player saying its basically a green with white stakes around it. The hole is apart of the course's tough finishing stretch and has cost many players a win. The most notable recently was Sergio Garcia, on Mother's Day in 2013, who put two balls in the water before finally getting one to stick. The hole definitely leaves a lot of players cursing Pete Dye.
#10 - Congressional Country Club (Blue) - 210 yards
The tenth hole on the Blue Course at Congressional used to be the eighteenth before the USGA got its hands on the course and convinced the members to reroute to the current layout. The down hill hole features a carry over a lake into a amphitheater setting that is packed with fans during a tournament. The tee is located right in the back of the clubhouse and a shot in the drink will surely lead to some heckling from the patio.
#14 - Coeur d'Alene - 110-210 yards
In the state known best for potatoes is the only island green that can hold its own with #17 at Sawgrass. The fourteenth here floats in the course's namesake lake and can be moved to any distance between 110-210 yards depending on the day. To putt out one has to take a ferry out to the green complex which features three trees and two bunkers further complicating matters.
#11 - Pacific Dunes - 148 yards
Apart of the links conglomerate that is Bandon Dunes the eleventh at the Pacific Dunes course stands out among the many great holes on the property. The hole runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean and plays slightly uphill to green thats left side is a cliff down to the ocean. The carry to the green is over shaggy dunes that were etched out by man but look like they were carved by the power of the ocean.
#9 - The Course at Yale - 235 Yards
This hole is probably the least known of any on the list. It's unique design makes its inclusion necessary. The hole itself isn't the only thing thats long, as the green is 60 yards front to back. The long green is double tiered and has a five-foot deep trench splitting it in half. The shot to the green features a carry over a pond from a tee that is sixty feet above the green. The course also might have the best logo of any college golf course.
If you think I missed a hole leave a comment below and maybe it will make the back nine.