Golf is such a diverse game and two rounds are never the same even though they may be on the same course. Some players enjoy playing the long par five holes and others find the tight par three holes a real challenge. In fact, there are some superb par three holes in world golf, that have been deliberately created to provide the greatest challenges to skill and golfing expertise. And here are some of the very best par three courses that can be found on the planet.
The 17th hole at the Sawgrass club has to be one of the most daunting in world golf. Many pros fear playing this iconic island par three as it is all about conquering your fear of water. Much like other water holes in golf, the shimmering lake that surrounds the green is enough to make golfers slice and hook their shots. The water somehow acts as a magnet to any wayward tee shots and many players find themselves taking their next shots from the tee again. The hole is only 132 yards and it should be easy to achieve par, but there are many outside influences that interfere. Swirling winds are common and over a hundred thousand balls a year are hit into the water.
Playing the sixteenth hole at Scottsdale is as intimidating as it gets. The natural amphitheater is surrounded by soaring grandstands, and the spectators are encouraged to be as raucous as they can. Scottsdale is the home of the Pheonix Open and the crowds go absolutely bonkers during the tournament. There have been many famous moments at this iconic hole and not least when Tiger Woods got a hole in one and sent the crowd into ecstasy.
Scotland is never the easiest place to play golf, the weather conditions in this part of northern Britain are notorious for changing quickly and the wind and rain can be unforgiving. The Kinsbarns course in Fife is a tough links course and the fifteenth hole is legendary in world golf. This par three is not particularly long but it is not the length that tests the golfers. To reach the green from the tee players have to drive over the sea and it is that which tests nerves and skill. If the weather happens to kick up, then this hole is virtually unplayable.
Our final par three is the world famous sixteenth hole at the Augusta National Golf Club. Not only is it one of the hardest par threes in golf it also is one of the prettiest. Firstly, you have to drive over a picturesque lake from the tee and landing on the green is not the end of your problems. The green is like glass, lightning fast, and it slopes aggressively downwards towards the water, so if you cannot get your ball to stick on landing then it can immediately race to the water. These par three holes have to be of some of the hardest and very best in the world. They have been designed to test even professional golfers and even these great players are often unsuccessful.