Toughest 19th Hole

Extreme 19th: The World’s Toughest Par 3 Legend Golf & Safari Resort – South Africa

Par 3The tee is set 1,410 feet above the green on Hanglip Mountain. From the base of the mountain to the back of the green is 1,312 feet. In golf terms, that’s a 437-yard par-3, with a vertical drop of 470 yards.

Without getting all geeked out, as this insane shot relates to the laws of physics and how the ball will travel on quite an extreme arc, it plays about 260-270 yards due to the vertical drop.

Round of 18 including lunch: $70/player
Extreme 19th per foursome: $1,060

That extreme price does come with a few perks. Players get a helicopter ride to the tee and back down after hitting, a souvenir cap and glove, and a DVD of their play on the hole.

The coolest part: Each player is given six balls with tracking devices, since losing sight of a ball hit from 1,410 feet up is pretty likely.

extreme par 3There’s a prize worth over $1 million for any player that makes a hole in one. The money has yet to be claimed. Eight players, however, have made birdies, and 96 pars have been recorded — including many professional golfers. Harrington was the first person to make a 3, back in 2008.

The highest recorded score, according to the course’s website, is a 23. And there are hundreds of other players whose scores say “NR.” We assume that’s short for “Way too many.”

The Duffer at Hanglip

The Duffer

The Duffer is an unusual writer who has played many places and shots few golfers have ever experienced. His age old incite into the intracacies of golf courses gives him a unique knowledge of the game many can't visualize. The Duffer plays golf to enjoy life with friends and the beauty of his surroundings.

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