Short and Stout\nIn golf's increasingly bigger-is-better world, the Lilliputian par 3 rarely gets its due. But as this collection of tiny one-shotters shows, a hole doesn't have to be long to be lovable.\nIn golf's increasingly bigger-is-better world, the Lilliputian par 3 rarely gets its due. But as this collection of tiny one-shotters shows, a hole doesn't have to be long to be lovable.\nNo. 8, 123/118/114 yards\n\nThe Postage Stamp\n\nNo. 8, 123/118/114 yards\n\nThe shortest hole on the British Open rota, it made headlines in the 1973 Open when 71-year-old Gene Sarazen aced it in the first round (with a 5-iron) and holed a bunker shot on Day 2 for a deuce. Created by Troon pro Willie Fernie during his 1909 revision of the course, it was originally called Ailsa. Willie Park Jr. called the green a "postage stamp" in 1923, the same year that James Braid added two nasty bunkers to the left of the green, and it stuck as the name of the hole. The clever moniker has lasted several generations, but someday golfers probably won't understand the reference. Might this treacherous hole with the skinny target need a 21st-century name? The Microchip, perhaps?\nNo. 7, 109/106/98/94/90 yards\n\nLand's End\n\nNo. 7, 109/106/98/94/90 yards\n\nEven shorter than the Postage Stamp, the seventh at Pebble Beach is the shortest hole in major championship golf, period. Depending upon the wind conditions, it can be a pitching wedge or a hybrid. When it was introduced in 1918 by designers Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, the downhill hole played to a massive green encircled by a sand bunker and flanked on three sides by Pacific surf. For the 1929 U.S. Amateur, Chandler Egan replaced the bunker with imitation sand dunes. The dunes were eventually dispersed by ocean winds. Sand pits now sit in their place. Over the last six decades, the once generous green has become an apostrophe, its present bunkers hinting at dimensions of the old putting surface.\nNo. 13, 127/121/114 yards\n\nThe Mashie Niblick Sticky Wicket\n\nNo. 13, 127/121/114 yards\n\nMerion's original par-3 13th, of the same length, played to a green protected by Cobbs Creek. The present 13th was built by William S. Flynn in 1924 on the west side of the creek. At the 1930 U.S. Amateur, writers called it an island hole because the oval green was nearly surrounded by bunkers, laughably shallow ones compared to today's deep-dish offerings. In one session during the 2009 Walker Cup, the USGA used a forward tee and a front pin position. The hole barely played 100 yards but still gave players fits. USGA executive director Mike Davis plans to do that again during one round of this year's U.S. Open.\nNo. 9, 118/110/92/80 yards\n\nThe Start-Up\n\nNo. 9, 118/110/92/80 yards\n\nTen years after he helped Fazio build the third at Ventana Canyon, Mike Strantz designed his own vest-pocket hole on his first solo design. Working on a tight site, he truncated the ninth to spare the removal of several ancient moss-draped live oaks in the clubhouse area. The hole was supposed to be 130 yards long, but a back tee on the far side of the entry road was soon abandoned. The wide, shallow green is shaped like an hourglass tipped on its side, all the sand pouring out to form a frontal bunker that is bigger than the green.\nNo. 13, 126/119/99/76 yards\n\nThe Wee Precipice\n\nNo. 13, 126/119/99/76 yards\n\nThe least links-like hole on the acclaimed man-made links designed by the Holy Trinity of golf design, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Watson and Sandy Tatum, the 13th at Spanish Bay plays diagonally over a natural stream to a long, thin green edged by the deep creek gulley on the right and high mounds on the left, the latter meant to block views of adjacent condos. Told that the hole vaguely resembled Royal Troon's Postage Stamp, Jones responded, "I call it the Christmas Seal, because you get a present if you hit the green, a short birdie putt."\nNo. 3, 107/104/98/67 yards\n\nHole In The Wall\n\nNo. 3, 107/104/98/67 yards\n\nWhen he built it in the early 1980s, Tom Fazio admitted it was the shortest and most expensive hole he had done. (Original reports of a $400,000 price tag have now grown to more than $1 million, such being the inflation of distant memory.) The cart path alone, climbing several hundred feet from the second green, had to cost a bundle. The tee boxes atop pinnacles of granite and the tiny green tucked at the edge of an abyss were built by hand, the latter with geothermal tubing beneath it to keep it warm on cool mornings. Tom Watson once four-putted the original two-level putting surface. It was subsequently rebuilt and flattened.\nBye hole, 121 yards\n\nThe Little 17th\n\nBye hole, 121 yards\n\nWhen Herbert Fowler designed and George C. Thomas Jr. built the North Course at LACC in 1921, they seemed inspired by the Postage Stamp in the design of the 17th, a 120-yarder playing over a wash to a double-level green recessed into the base of a hill. It was notorious. One writer called it a "trying short hole" surrounded by "dire trouble." Rival designer Robert Hunter wrote, "The slope on this green is too pronounced." When Thomas remodeled the North in 1928, he scrapped the hole in favor of a new par-3 15th. (His new 17th became a par 4.) Ninety years later Gil Hanse, Jim Wagner and Geoff Shackelford rebuilt L.A. North to recapture Thomas' flair. They also reclaimed the old 17th, now positioned as a betting hole between the 17th green and 18th tee.