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I love Par 3’s.  They force the golfer to concentrate even more on the tee shot. Many of the best and most famous holes are par 3’s.

Here are my favorites , in no particular order:
Pebble Beach Golf Links #7 – 106 Yards – Carmel, CA
Possibly the most photographed hole in golf.  106 yards (down hill) is only a flip wedge, but a sheer terror if the wind is up.

Pebble Beach Golf Links #7

image from Wikipedia

Cypress Point Golf Club #15 – 120 Yards – Carmel, CA
For pure beauty, this hole cannot be topped – even more picturesque that its more famous brother, the 16th.  Playing at only 120 yards.

Cypress Point Golf Club #15

image from Danbubanygolf

Old Course, Lahinch Golf Club #5 – 154 Yards – County Claire, Ireland

How can you not love a blind hole for a par 3? The green sits behind and between three large hills.  You aim at a white stone half way up the front hill and hope for the best!
Old Course, Lahinch Golf Club #5

image from Top 100 Golf

Granite Links Golf Club #4 (Granite Course) – 199 Yards – Quincy, MA

In my 41 years of golf, I’ve had numerous close calls to an ace, including hitting the flag (5 times) and lip-outs; and I must have holed out from the fairway at least half dozen times.  I finally made my first (and still only) hole-in-one on this hole at my home club. For this reason alone, Granite #4 belongs on the list.

Granite Links Golf Club #4 (Granite Course)

image from Granite Links Golf Club

Mauna Kea Golf Resort #3 – 270 Yards – Big Island, Hawaii

For the opening round of this great resort, the Big Three (Palmer, Nicklaus and Player) all hit drivers from the tips, with only Nicklaus being able to reach the green. When the Kona Winds are blowing, you may have to aim 50 yards left, over the Pacific, and let it blow over.

Mauna Kea Golf Resort #3

image from Golf Advisor

Riviera Country Club #6 – 199 Yards – Pacific Palisades, CA

Only one of few greens in the world with a bunker in the middle of the green, this hole is usually benign.  But when the flag is back left, watch out!  You may have to chip over or around the bunker.

Riviera Country Club #6

image from The Sand Trap

Bel-Air Country Club #10 – 200 Yards – Los Angeles, CA
The iconic Swinging Bridge is to your left while you hit over a large barranca. The club house is literally few feet away from the tee, where the who’s who of Hollywood may be watching you tee off.  No pressure …

Bel-Air Country Club #10

image from Links Magazine

Old Course, Royal Troon #8 – 123 Yards – Troon, Scotland

Known as the Postage Stamp, this little hole can cause havoc and heartaches to even the best golfers, as witnessed at 2016 Open. You just have to be very precise where you land it.  Cabbage to left and long, deep bunker in front and right. Gene Sarazen mad an ace here at age of 71 during 1973 Open.

Old Course, Royal Troon #8

image from Golf Advisor

Port Royal Golf Club, Bermuda #16 – 235 Yards – Southhampton, Bermuda

One of the most beautiful holes set in one of the most scenic spots in the world.  Turquoise ocean to your left and sound of crashing waves might distract you on this tough hole.
Port Royal Golf Club, Bermuda #16

image from twgevents

Monterey Pines Golf Course #2 – 150 Yards – Monterey, CA
I grew up on this course when it was called Naval Post Graduate School Golf Course.  Made my first birdie on this hole at age of 11, hooking me to golf forever.  Could not have asked for a better place for a kid to grow up.  From the old pro, Joe Higuera; lunch counter lady, Frances; retired Navy guys like Johnny Pounds and his wife, Mary; the club maker, Bill Riley – they all saw to it that I stayed out of trouble and help mentor me.  People are asked: if you you have round left to play, which course would you choose?  I’ve been fortunate to play many of the best courses in the world, but for me, it would be the old Navy School Course.
Monterey Pines Golf Course #2

image from Greenskeeper

What are your favorite holes?
My Top 10 Favorite Par 3 Holes


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