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Toughest hole you have ever played?


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#61 Ripper212

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 12:44 PM

Not necessarily the toughest, but certainly one of the coolest is Tail of the Whale at Punta Mita in Mexico. 196 yards, all carry, and you take amphibian craft to the green!
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 02:24 PM

I don't expect anyone has played this course, but there is a fun public course in Carbondale, Illinois called Hickory Ridge GC.  It is the home course for the SIU Salukis.  It has 15 good golf holes and 3 holes that were wedged into a very narrow space to fit the property they had.  The three bad holes are 10, 15 & 16, but the one that is so hard (to me) is #16.  It is a Par 4 of about 420yds (going from memory here) from an elevated tee.  The landing area sits 20-30ft below the tee and the fairway is not very receptive as the right side of the fairway bounds balls right into the trees/undergrowth and the left side of the fairway bounds them left, out of bounds(out of bounds sits no more than 20yds from the center of the fairway).  The width of the fairway pinches in at the landing area and is about 20 yds wide.  2 more things add to the difficulty...1) the hole is not straight, the hole bends about 10* to the left and 2) at the peak of your ball flight, two trees hang in from both sides of the hole forcing your tee ball to start at the right tree line.  So, you have two options 1) hit a nice tight draw that curves about 5-8 yds (but no more or less) or 2) hit it dead straight about 330yds over the trees on the right and onto the 11th tee box.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 05:47 PM

View Postexgolfpro, on 15 May 2018 - 02:24 PM, said:

I don't expect anyone has played this course, but there is a fun public course in Carbondale, Illinois called Hickory Ridge GC.  It is the home course for the SIU Salukis.  It has 15 good golf holes and 3 holes that were wedged into a very narrow space to fit the property they had.  The three bad holes are 10, 15 & 16, but the one that is so hard (to me) is #16.  It is a Par 4 of about 420yds (going from memory here) from an elevated tee.  The landing area sits 20-30ft below the tee and the fairway is not very receptive as the right side of the fairway bounds balls right into the trees/undergrowth and the left side of the fairway bounds them left, out of bounds(out of bounds sits no more than 20yds from the center of the fairway).  The width of the fairway pinches in at the landing area and is about 20 yds wide.  2 more things add to the difficulty...1) the hole is not straight, the hole bends about 10* to the left and 2) at the peak of your ball flight, two trees hang in from both sides of the hole forcing your tee ball to start at the right tree line.  So, you have two options 1) hit a nice tight draw that curves about 5-8 yds (but no more or less) or 2) hit it dead straight about 330yds over the trees on the right and onto the 11th tee box.
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:16 AM

Number 12 the Dye Course at Sedgefield CC PAR 3 220 Yards
None other than legendary architect Pete Dye said No. 12 was the “hardest par 3 I have ever designed.”  Water all down the left and Brush Creek running the length of the hole on the right, you’ll find very little room to bail out.  The only bail-out area is in one of the two bunkers off the right of the green. Miss one of these, and you’re getting another ball. Make a par, steal a shot from the field. Make bogey, and run like you stole something.


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 07:20 AM

Not sure it's the toughest ever, but the toughest I play regularly is #8 at The Quarry @ Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minnesota.

478 yard par 4

Bent grass fairways with little roll
Quarries left and right off tee
2nd shot slightly up hill
Huge green with deep grass covered hills left, right, and short of the green.

#1 Handicap hole on a course with a slope rating of about 150.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:51 PM

I agree with a lot of the picks already noted here, especially the bethpage and ocean course holes.  But a few other non-gimmick holes that immediately come to mind:

Kapalua Plantation #9, when the 15+ mph tradewinds are blowing into your face (do they ever not?), its difficult to even make the carry for the 2nd shot when the winds are really going
Harvester #15, 650y, pretty wide open, but all uphill

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 08:15 PM

6 at Spyglass
3 at Olympic
8 & 17 at Prairie Dunes
11 & 12 Pebble Beach




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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:19 PM

View PostMignuz, on 15 May 2018 - 09:02 AM, said:

Famous Courses:

# 18 Carnoustie
# 17 Old Course

There are many difficult holes around in not famous courses.
In my club there's a hole I hate/love, as it's very easy to score a double/triple but it's really beautiful:
Par 4 with water both on the right (with high trees too) and on the left.
You have to shot a 220 yards tee shot exaclty on the left side of the fairway to ha ve a 170/200 yards shot as a second, depending on flag position.
No longer tee craps as there' water in front, too.
If you are on the right (even of the fairway, sometimes,) you can't see the flag as it's a dogleg-right and there are the trees on the left.

I think with a 35-40mph the road hole is one of if not the toughest holes in golf. One day I have to play it.

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 12:21 AM

#17 Raven's Claw GC, Gilbertsville, PA. It's 215-230 up hill with almost no where to bail out.

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Posted 27 May 2018 - 05:11 PM

View PostRalphyboy84, on 03 April 2018 - 04:16 AM, said:

Par 3 - 2 at Isleworth off the Tiger tees
Par 4 - 6 at Muirfield off the Open tee (played into off the left the 2 times I played it)
Par 5 - 6 at Carnoustie off the Open tees

Tee shot on 6 is scary but tbh 16, 17, 18 into an east wind with a score on in the monthly medal really test your game!


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