This is Part 2 of our multi-part series on par-3s you need to know about (Part 1 here).
17TH HOLE – BELL BAY (BADDECK, NOVA SCOTIA)
Surely when Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone it was to find a more convenient way by which to communicate to those on the small 17th green at Bell Bay just how bad his next shot was going to be. Crossing the gaping hole that guards the green, and measuring in at 182 yards from the tips, we’re not only sure plenty of golf balls gather at the bottom of the gully but deposited a few ourselves. Of course, we quickly whipped out our phones, took a bunch of photos of our glorious display of atrocious golf shots, and proceeded to dial into the proshop to book our replay round and have another crack at this doozy of a hole. Thank you Mr. Bell for expediting our pathway to more lost balls.
5TH HOLE SOUTH – BERKELEY HALL (BLUFFTON, SOUTH CAROLINA)
It was a beautiful winter evening when we stepped on the tee of the 5th hole at Berkeley Hall’s South Course near Hilton Head Island and the sun was glorious that day friends. So was the wonder of this Tom Fazio golf course and his artful mastery in screwing up a golfers strong start to a round. His innate skill was so readily evident we couldn’t help but shed a tear and succumb to the taunts of those glistening calm waters sitting playfully to the left of this 179 yard par-3. And so, as one does, we all satisfyingly proceeded to dump a handful of our prime, grade A, $4 balls into the water before finding dry land in the form of a beach fronting the green — who knew you could love dunking your balls so very much.
2ND HOLE – BIGWIN ISLAND (LAKE OF BAYS, ONTARIO)
Walking off the 1st hole and on to the 2nd tee at Bigwin Island is like opening up the blinds to a spectacular sunny day in the morning. It’s gorgeous, but all that light is painful to the eyes. So you violently whip your head to the side, squint like a blind bat and slam those blinds shut again. At Bigwin number 2 you make all those same gestures because despite all that beauty, the obvious fate of your golf ball is the deep fronting bunker. And like your eyesight, which takes a couple of minutes to become accustomed to the light, it will take you a couple shots to get out of that bunker.
3RD HOLE – BRANTFORD G&CC (BRANTFORD, ONTARIO)
Another beauty par-3 here at the 197 yard 3rd at Brantford, this isn’t the only great par-3 on the course (the 10th is a winner at making golfers losers too). There isn’t too much trouble here, except for the possibility of complete insanity. Go left and you may as well hand over the hole to your most hated opponent and walk to the next tee. The Grand River looms far down in the valley just as a grand quad looms large for you.
18TH HOLE – BURLINGTON G&CC (BURLINGTON, ONTARIO)
A course that finishes on a par-3 is rare, but Burlington’s finish will have you pale in the face and gasping for air. At almost 200 yards, the club itself says this hole has “ruined many a round,” and there were four completely obliterated rounds when we walked off the final green. As a group we made an easy 26, and while the Lake Ontario views were worth the shame, our tails were firmly tucked between our legs the whole way home.
5TH HOLE – CABOT LINKS (INVERNESS, NOVA SCOTIA)
The holes with the views are going to get all the attention at Cabot Links because the majority of golfers have an impossible time recognizing great golf without water vistas. But this brute of a hole (get what we did there?) will take a piece out of you and you won’t even know it happened. The deceptive fairway bunker short hides a much bigger hole greenside and we weren’t surprised when we saw the group ahead of us employ the ole “pick it up and throw it out” method of extracting themselves from the bunker. In our minds, a great hole is one where every golfer walks off wishing they’d quit golf long ago.
7TH HOLE – DEVIL’S PULPIT (CALEDON, ONTARIO)
A shorty at just 132 yards downhill, this tiny somewhat hourglass shaped green sits on a high knoll that will have you wishing they buried you by the little knoll in the cemetery to the left of the previous 6th fairway. This hole is exposed to wind like a toilet bowl is flatulence, and we all know, when those gusts get going strong there’s no stopping em.
5TH HOLE – EAGLES NEST (MAPLE, ONTARIO)
When Doug Carrick designed the 191 yard par-3 5th at Eagles Nest he must have been in a seriously bad mood. Apart from swirling winds down in the valley there’s a waste bunker the size of the Sahara, such closely shaved green surrounds that your 4-blade Gillette will seem dull, and even though you never want to miss right, it’s topped off with a bunker front and left ensuring you require a swish free throw from centre court to hit this green. If this hole were any harder we’d faint just writing about it.
15TH HOLE – EASTWARD HO! (CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS)
The eastward facing par-3 15th at Eastward Ho! is a stunner for two reasons. The first is what might literally be the most beautiful setting for golf in all of North America, maybe even the world, with Pleasant Bay in the background. The second is because this 153 yard hole can be be so ravaged with winds you’ll be wondering how your driver wasn’t enough to reach it. Featuring a three tier green with some crazy pin locations, you’ll be wishing you’d fallen and didn’t get up while making your way down the wooden stairs towards the green.
7TH HOLE – ESSEX (WINDSOR, ONTARIO)
There’s no room for the weary at the 7th at Essex in Windsor. Those front bunkers aren’t only ready to swallow your golf ball but also you as you fall backwards into one of them after shanking it out. A short one shotter at about 157-yards, there seems to be a theme with many of the short par-3s in the world — they’re hella difficult. A spine runs through this green that will invariably remind you that you yourself are spineless after leaving your first putt woefully short. But no fret, we already know you’ll blow the next one by for a three putt so relax a little.
3RD HOLE – GEORGIAN BAY CLUB (CLARKSBURG, ONTARIO)
This might be the fairest and tamest of all the par-3s we’re featuring despite its 205 yard length, at least for those easily fooled. A beguiling temptress with an inviting green and open front asking you to land your ball short, beware of the pin location as that’s what can really have you scratching your head in wonder. The bunkers to the left are so deep you’ll feel like you’ve dug your own grave, and with such a big green, that’s exactly what you deserve if you end up in there.
8TH HOLE – CLUB AT IRISH CREEK (KANNAPOLIS, NORTH CAROLINA)
This little gem located in North Carolina is widely unknown. Not just the hole, but the entire Davis Love III designed golf course. We discovered Irish Creek on our way to The Masters this year and it had us debating whether to skip Augusta to spend the rest of our week knocking it into the lake along which many holes here play. This, the 8th hole, played fiercely into the wind that day, and at just 179 yards, it played like a two shot hole with a non-existent first shot landing area. The green here has the type of undulations Kim Kardashian would be proud of and our triple bogey’s had us walking off the green more straight-faced than Kanye himself. But take it easy big yeezy, this beauty was incredibly breezy and we ain’t being cheesy.
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