Courses & Travel
April 03, 2009

Par For Paddy

I saw this story awhile ago about Padraig Harrington making the first par on a ridiculously long par 3 in Africa.

How long?

*The world's longest and highest par three (394 yards), the signature hole at Legends Golf and Safari Resort, has its tee box poised at a dizzying height atop of Hanglip Mountain, 1,410 feet above the green and is only accessible by helicopter! *

What I hadn't seen was the video, which is worth watching if you have a few minutes.

More from the story and about the hole...

*Balls hit off the tee are estimated to have a 'hang time' of 26 seconds, so a little help is needed in keeping an eye on the white dimpled orb. With technology in the form of four separate cameras and tracking equipment, Harrington and Raphael Jacquelin (the designer of the hole) **were able to track their tee shots and the flight of their balls, while ball watchers stood ready to point out where the balls had landed on the map of Africa' green. *

My top 10 par 3s (Limiting it to one par 3 per course):

*--Matty G.