Every once and while you run across a golf hole and just wonder “was the course architect on dope when he designed this?” I’ve played some holes that just don’t make sense. A 112 yard par 3 at the local municipal course comes to mind. So what’s strange about a short par 3 you ask? Well, you tee off on the side of a cliff for starters. Most billy goats would have a difficult time getting to the tee boxes. If you can make it up the hill, you’re aiming for a postage stamp green about 200 feet below, where, depending on the wind at that altitude you might have to hit a 7 iron..or it could be a half loft wedge. Now does that make any kind of sense…I didn’t think so.
While that par 3 is just plain stupid, the most ridiculous hole I’ve ever played has to be the hole dubbed “The Tail of the Whale” at the Jack Nicklaus course at Punta Mita, Mexico. It’s a 194 yard par 3, from the black tees, to an island green in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. That’s right, the green was constructed on a natural rocky island off the coast of Punta Mita. When the tide is up, the only way to get on the island to putt out is by a 6 wheeled amphibious vehicle standing by to run you out to your ball.
Luckily, this hole is #3B. You can play hole 3A, a normal short par 3, as part of your round, and if you want to try your luck with this monster hole, you’re free to give it a shot. The days I played, the wind was howling onshore. I hit a 2 iron both times and was lucky enough to make the island, but neither shots held the green and rolled off the back. If memory serves, I got up and down for par on both occasions.
It’s a strange feeling, number one, to be driving through the ocean with a wedge and putter in hand to find your ball, but secondly, to be standing on the island looking back to shore. Very surreal. I can’t wait to get back there and try it again.
What would you say is the strangest hole you’ve ever played?