World's Hardest Par 3
By Kickntrue on 4/5/09
I think I've actually posted about this hole before- but I didn't have video featuring Padraig Harrington. The Legends Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa is brand new and features 18 holes by 18 different designers including Padraig Harrington, Colin Montgomerie, K.J. Choi, Retief Goosen, Justin Rose, Trevor Immelman and Vijay Singh.

The course is supposed to be amazing but nothing approaches the 19th hole.
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! And unlike certain signature holes (Island Green at Sawgrass, we're looking at you), you can play just the Xtreme 19th, if you like, without messing with all that full-round business. You can, of course, add it to your existing round, a la carte. And for tournaments held at the Legends, it will serve as the playoff hole. Playing all 19 holes runs about 2,000 South African rand, or about $220 in American bills, but for that you get the helicopter ride, plus a bunch of souvenir swag and a DVD of your shot.
Here's the video. They make it look like Padraig was on the green on his first shot. That seems rather unlikely, but he is a pro. What do ball marks looks like on that green?

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Thanks to Merlin2Driver for the headsup!

[ comments ]
M.Nugent says:
The green looks tough too, I would make a double bogey at least
WicketMike says:
wheres the drop area? :-)
BoyWonder1112 says:
I would love to have a driving range like that!!
BlaqShamrokk says:
That green's probably as big as Africa too.
turk944 says:
I'd like to know if the undulations in the green mimic the topography of the African continent
falcon50driver says:
Don't know if Padraig did it on purpose or not, but he landed in the trap, then had a fairly easy up and down for par. The other guy hit the green, but had to try and negotiate the crazy undulations and three putted.....There's a junior version of this at Gatlinburg Golf Course. The tee box is 200 feet above the green. When I played it, the green was soft and damp, the ball buried about an inch. I can only wonder what it does after falling 1500 feet. Any engineers out there?
Timmers15 says:
Who is the other guy? does he play on the PGA? or European? He hit a nice tee shot.
bducharm says:
The "other guy" is Raphael Jacquelin is a tour pro on the European Tour.
falcon50driver says:
I'm fascinated by the mechanics of this golf shot. According to what I've been able to research, a spherical object would reach terminal velocity, about 120 mph, after falling about 5 seconds, so the ball landing on the green in Africa probably wouldn't hit any harder than one falling from 200 feet. We always try to factor in the wind on our shots, a ball falling 30 seconds in a 10 mph wind would move over 880 feet. The fact that both guys in the video landed in the same zip code was pretty amazing.
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