15TH HOLE – BALLYNEAL (HOLYOKE, COLORADO)
Tom Doak is a master of design and we are masters of disaster. Ballyneal describes this hole as a “big par-3 in a big setting,” we describe it as a round wrecker ready to give a big number. At 237 yards, it’s long enough to make you contemplate your place in life when you realize you can’t get on a par-3 in regulation. And despite the extra yardage at elevation, you’ll feel like you’ve been kicked in the saddle approaching this saddle green.
5TH HOLE RED – DISMAL RIVER (MULLEN, NEBRASKA)
Back-to-back Tom Doak par-3s on this list, but we think of them as par-3 and a half’s. Doak may have a liking to long par-3s and this one stretches out to a whopping 261 yards. Sure, he’s provided us with a feeder slope to the right of the green just over that bunker and almost completely blind from the tee, but that’s assuming you actually have a club that will get you to that slope. To call this hole a beast is to insult actual beast’s, and that’s unfair. So we’ll just let you call it whatever you want.
15TH HOLE WHITE – DISMAL RIVER (MULLEN, NEBRASKA)
We have no words to describe how beautiful this Nicklaus par-3 is, it may even be the most beautiful inland hole we’ve ever seen. Everything about it is perfect. Its setting between two gorgeous dunes, the shaping of the green, the way the sun hits the fescue in the evening light — it made our hearts stop, especially after triples all around.
4TH HOLE – ESSEX COUNTY CLUB (MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, MASSACHUSETTES)
Donald Ross lived on Essex County Club from 1909 to 1913 so it’s no wonder it features some of his best work — the 4th hole is no exception. Continuing our trend of really long par-3s in this the 3rd part of our series, the hole measures a staggering 235 yards. In Ross’s day, this hole was probably unreachable for almost all, but the ground contours in front and firm playing conditions turn this into a smart, stern par-3.
13TH HOLE/SOUTH 4TH HOLE – HAMILTON G&CC (ANCASTER, ONTARIO)
How many long par-3s are we going to include on this list you say? As many as we want we answer. Playing as the 13th hole in the west-south combination of nines — the combo used for the Canadian Open — this hole works uphill and to a yardage of 237 yards. It looks pretty fair on first impression, but get above the hole and remember to bring your ice skates. From the tee, anything short will end up 30 yards down the fairway, and putting from above the hole, ditto.
10TH HOLE – HIGHLANDS LINKS (INGONISH, NOVA SCOTIA)
Finally, a par-3 that doesn’t require you use driver from the tee, unless you want to of course. The 10th hole at Highlands Links is tucked into the farthest corner of the layout with the mountains looming high above a green set in a valley. At 145 yards from an elevated tee, it might seem like an easy flip wedge is all you’ll need to have you sitting pretty right next to the pin, but the much too common crosswinds tend to dispel those myths rather quickly. Anyways, we all know the easiest shots are the easiest to screw up, right?
12TH HOLE – HOCKLEY VALLEY (MONO, ONTARIO)
Hockley Valley is the course we like to visit when we want our derriere’s kicked while taking in the spectacular fall colours. Hockley is bunkerless, but you might want to start digging yourself a hole once done on this hole. This “sporty” 217 yard par-3 is beautiful, but the green — like most at Hockley — is fairly small and set at an angle between two dunes. There’s also a very prominent ridge splitting the back and front of the green.
17TH HOLE – HUNTINGDON VALLEY (HUNTINGDON, PENNSYLVANIA)
William Flynn is one of the more underrated golf course architects of all time and our games are some of the most overrated. We don’t deserve to play beauties like these and these holes rightfully carve a chunk our of our egos. At 211 yards, the only thing that takes your mind away from how pretty this hole is is how ugly that 8’s going to look on your scorecard. The stream that snakes its way along the length of the hole actually wraps around the back of the green, but you’ll probably deposit your ball before it reaches that point.
6TH HOLE – ISLINGTON (ETOBICOKE, ONTARIO)
We don’t know what we’re more afraid of, long par-3s that we can’t reach or short ones that we can and score worse on. This is one of those par-3s that we can reach and always score worse on. At just 144 yards most would think this is an easy par, but deep bunkers surround this crazy sloping green that will have you begging for your mother.
6TH HOLE – IRONDEQUOIT (ROCHESTER, NEW YORK)
Irondequoit is an undar the radar Donald Ross gem with terrain that is otherworldly, especially on the front nine. This is a sort of template hole for Ross: elevated tees, smallish pushed up green, completely surrounded by bunkers. And like template holes that have similarities, your score will too. Chalk up another double.
6TH HOLE – KIAWAH ISLAND COUGAR POINT (KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA)
What you see is what you get here, and by that we mean a ball in the marsh. Low Country golf is aptly named as you’ll be hanging your head low after the Black Knight (Gary Player) shoves his daggers through any hope of a decent round after this hole. At 180 yards, lucky for us he’s decided to ease up a bit with more room than you think short, but the closely mown chipping surrounds are nothing to feel easy about and balls to back pins are subject to finding marsh that wraps around the back of the green.
13TH HOLE – DEVIL’S PAINTBRUSH (CALEDON, ONTARIO)
Paint us red and call us undercooked, this is 226 yards of pure evil right here. We’re never ready for the unlucky 13th hole at Devil’s Paintbrush. Dr. Michael Hurdzan must have been champing at the bit when he thought up the nasty scores this hole would hand out on the regular. Trouble up the entire right side will catch what will surely be a massive slice out of you, but in case it’s not so massive, the general left-to-right prevailing crosswind will help it further right. You won’t be grabbing the devil by the horns here — the horns will definitely grab you.
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