My top 10 PAR 3 holes
My top 10 PAR 3 holes is a list that I have put together of my favourite PAR 3s from around the world.
Before we get to the list, let me first of all, explain to the novices out there what a PAR 3 hole is.
First of all, a professional golfer would be expected to be able to play PAR on any given hole. So, PAR stands for the Professional Average Result.
Golf courses are typically made up of 18 holes of various lengths. There are PAR 3, PAR 4, PAR 5s.
A PAR 3 is a short hole ranging from 0 – 250 yards. Ideally, a player should hit the green with their first shot and then hole the ball out with 2 putts.
A PAR 4 is a medium length hole ranging from 251 – 470 yards. The aim is to hit the green with 2 shots and, again, hole out with 2 putts.
A PAR 5 is a longer hole that is anything between 471 – 690 yards. The player should reach the green with 3 shots and with 2 putts, make their Par.
A beginner will tend to prefer the shorter holes as they will require fewer shots to complete them. The better players will dislike them because they generally require more accuracy.
Most tournament golf courses will have a total PAR of 72. These courses will have 4 x PAR 3 holes, 10 x PAR 4 holes and 4 x PAR 5 holes, although this can, and does, vary from course to course.
My top 10 PAR 3 holes.
- 8th hole at Royal Troon
This hole also carries the nickname “The Postage Stamp” due to the small size of the putting surface.
- 12th hole at Augusta National
The so-called “Golden Bell”
- 16th hole at Augusta National
A beautiful Par 3.
- 10th at Moortown
“Gibraltar” as it is commonly known as.
- 17th at TPC Sawgrass (Stadium)
Referred to as the “Island Green”
- 14th at Wentworth (West)
Lots of childhood memories
- 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale
“The Coliseum” is the loudest of Par 3s.
- 7th hole at Pebble Beach
A very iconic hole.
- 14th hole at Coeur d’Alene
“The Floating Hole” can be moved to create different lengths of shot from 90 – 220 yards.
- 19th hole at Legends
Hanglip Mountain Par 3.
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Have you played any of these holes?
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