Pitch and Putt: Top Five Par Three Holes In Golf
This past Father's Day was the greatest Father's Day of my life.
I don't have a son or a daughter. I didn't shoot 29 on the front nine, and I didn't record an eagle, birdie, or par.
My drives were inaccurate. My putting was atrocious, but none of that mattered.
Because I was blessed with the opportunity to play nine holes with my brother and father. We weren't playing in a tournament, nor were we playing for a prize.
June 20, 2010, was a day where a father, and his two sons got the chance to spend quality time together on the golf course. That's all it was, and that's all I needed.
Early on it was raining, but just like that, the rain stopped, the clouds began to part and the sun was shining.
This moment was perfect. This moment was right. This moment that was about to happen was priceless.
We approach the par three fifth hole, which was playing 120 yards. My brother steps into the tee box, and the greatest moment of my golfing career happened.
With a pitching wedge in hand, he begins his swing. He makes contact with the ball, and it's a swing of beauty. The ball lands a couple of feet past the pin on the green, spins backward, and the ball goes right into the cup. My brother made a hole-in-one, and I celebrated as if I recorded my first ace.
But that's how special it was, and this was certainly a moment that I will remember for the rest of my life.
So in honor of my brother's hole-in-one, here are the "Top Five Best Par Three Holes In Golf."
Sit back, relax, and enjoy.
And to all the fathers out there, Happy (belated) Father's Day.
5. No. 16 at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona
The 16th hole, which plays just 162 yards from the championship tees, at TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course is well-known as the "party hole" of the PGA Tour.
Every year during the Phoenix stop of the tour, tournament officials line the par three with bleachers as fans replicate the atmosphere of a football game more than a golf tournament.
Alcohol and beer drenched fans compile one of the loudest and wildest grandstands in golf, and if you need verification, take a look back to 1997, where Tiger Woods made a hole-in-one on this famous hole.
The thousands of fans who thought their team just won the Super Bowl joined in the celebration as the roar of Tiger was heard all over the desert.
It might be one of the shortest par three's in golf, but in the wake of the Arizona sun, and the wild and crazy fans, it's certainly one of the most intimidating shots on tour.
4. No. 16 at Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, California
Having the reputation of being one of the most visually stunning holes in golf, a shot over the ocean is required to reach this 233-yard par three.
If there's a time and a place in the world where a picture is worth a thousand words, this is it.
3. No. 7 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California
You stand in awe of it's beautiful surroundings. You stand with trepidation as the waves crash into the side of the green. You stand with the realization that you're playing Pebble Beach.
One of the most photographed holes in golf, the seventh at Pebble Beach is normally 106-yard, downhill par three, and appears to be just a simple pitching wedge to the green.
But did anyone see the United States Open this past weekend?
Now you know why this hole made the list.
2. No. 12 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
Surrounded by the Azalea's, in the forefront of Hogan's Bridge, and not a member of the gallery in sight, ,this breathtaking par three, nicknamed, "Golden Bell " lays peacefully as the middle hole on the world famous three-hole stretch known as, "Amen Corner."
A player can win the Green Jacket on this hole, or as I've seen so many time before, a players hopes and dreams will be washed away if the ball ends up in Rae's Creek.
Playing only 150 yards, the shortest hole at Augusta National, is certainly one of the most dangerous Par threes in the world, and if you're not prepared for the battle, this hole will certainly make you pay on your scorecard.
1. No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
It's the most beautiful hole I have ever played. It makes even the best players in the game look foolish. There's no other hole like it.
With its island green, if your ball is off line on the 132-yard par three, it's going in the drink.
It's a sight like no other, as this hole is without a doubt, the greatest par three in the world.