Thursday, April 2, 2009

One hell of a hole!

This is easily the craziest golf hole I have ever seen!

The brand-new golf course at the Legends Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa is an amazing stretch of 18 holes designed by 18 different top golfers, including Padraig Harrington, Colin Montgomerie, K.J. Choi, Retief Goosen, Justin Rose, Trevor Immelman and Vijay Singh. I'm sure each one of those 18 holes is a perfect mini-masterpiece of challenge and reward. Along with, apparently, a lion or two along the way, if we're to believe the brochures.

But that's nothing. Wait until you get to the signature 19th hole. This hole is to be used in playoffs only.
The course's so-called "Xtreme 19th" hole is a par 3 -- a par 3 whose tee is atop a cliff on Hanglip Mountain, more than 1,400 feet above a green carved like the continent of Africa. You've got to take a helicopter to get to the tee box. And once you tee off, it takes nearly 30 seconds for the ball to hit the ground.

If you are lucky enough to get a hole in one on this hole, you will also get a cool million! Take a look at this clip to see Padraig Harrington and Raphael Jacquelin playing this crazy hole. Also notice they are hitting a driver, that is one long par three!

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