To combat the increasing player distances in golf, courses are being stretched to dimensions that mirror national parks. Par 3s are not immune to this expansion, evidenced in Oakmont’s eighth hole reaching 300 yards at the 2016 US Open.
Which is absurd; a hole can still have plenty of bark without tape-measuring yardage. The 12th at Augusta National, Troon’s Postage Stamp eighth and the seventh at Pebble Beach back this up. Keeping that in mind, the European Tour took this sentiment to the extreme.
For this week’s Made In Denmark event, the 16th hole at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort weighs in at a whopping … 79 metres, a figure usually seen at a pitch-n-putt track. While we’re proponents of keeping par 3s at reasonable distances, this is too generous for players of such high calibre.
As you can imagine, the field is going to town on this advantageous arena, with two aces recorded in the opening round:
One day, two holes-in-one 👏
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) August 24, 2017
In Round 1, the hole averaged 2.83 strokes. Not quite the number you see at the island-green 17th during the Players Championship.
European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley is known for his innovative methods, and we’re usually behind his progressive thinking. Turning a hole effectively into a par-2, however, is a horse I’m not ready to ride.