Extreme 19th: The World's Toughest Par 3

By Jason Devaney
Sunday December 22nd, 2013 5:54 pm EST

The amazing thing is that the Legends Golf and Safari Resort’s famous lineup of hole designers — which includes Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, and Vijay Singh, to name a few — is not how the course markets itself.

So what is this South African golfer’s paradise known for?

Related Link: World's 9 Most Dangerous Golf Courses

Oh not much, only the longest (and highest) par 3 in the world.

The tee is set 1,410 feet above the green on Hanglip Mountain. From the base of the mountain to the back of the green is 1,312 feet. In golf terms, that’s a 437-yard par-3, with a vertical drop of 470 yards.

Without getting all geeked out, as this insane shot relates to the laws of physics and how the ball will travel on quite an extreme arc, it plays about 260-270 yards due to the vertical drop.

Called the Extreme 19th, this hole is the centerpiece of the course (you don’t say?). But playing it is not part of a regulation round of golf there. Here’s the price breakdown:

- Round of 18 including lunch: $70 per player
- Extreme 19th per foursome: $1,060

That extreme price does come with a few perks. Players get a helicopter ride to the tee and back down after hitting, a souvenir cap and glove, and a DVD of their play on the hole.

The coolest part: Each player is given six balls with tracking devices, since losing sight of a ball hit from 1,410 feet up is pretty likely.

There’s a prize worth over $1 million for any player that makes a hole in one. The money has yet to be claimed. Eight players, however, have made birdies, and 96 pars have been recorded — including many professional golfers. Harrington was the first person to make a 3, back in 2008.

The highest recorded score, according to the course’s website, is a 23. And there are hundreds of other players whose scores say “NR.” We assume that’s short for “Way too many to count.”

Kenny Mayne Plays the Extreme Par-3

Have you played this epic hole? Drop us a note @Back9Network.

Hot Links: World's 9 Most Dangerous Golf Courses

Other hot links on Back9Network.com:
- The Most Extreme Golf You'll Ever Experience
- Extreme Weather 2013
- Extreme Golf Courses Around the World

Bleacher Report

More in Courses

9 Exclusive Courses We'd Like To See Host A Tour Event

9 Exclusive Courses We'd Like To See Host A Tour Event

Royal & Ancient Votes To Allow Female Members

Royal & Ancient Votes To Allow Female Members

Scorned Lover Does Donuts On New York Golf Courses

Scorned Lover Does Donuts On New York Golf Courses

Tournament Hole Of The Week: Tour Championship

Tournament Hole Of The Week: Tour Championship

Tournament Hole Of The Week: BMW Championship

Tournament Hole Of The Week: BMW Championship

Ball Fore: Baseball Outfield Becomes Mini Golf Course

Ball Fore: Baseball Outfield Becomes Mini Golf Course

Tournament Hole of the Week: Deutsche Bank Championship

Tournament Hole of the Week: Deutsche Bank Championship

Tournament Hole of the Week: The Barclays

Tournament Hole of the Week: The Barclays

The Most Extreme 1,476 Feet in Golf

The Most Extreme 1,476 Feet in Golf

Tournament Hole of the Week: Wyndham Championship

Tournament Hole of the Week: Wyndham Championship