Classic Golf Hole Design: The Short Hole

The original short hole is believed by some to be the 5th hole at Royal West Norfolk in the United Kingdom (others believe it is the “Short” hole at St. Andrews). The short hole refers to a Par 3 normally less than 140 yards, requiring a short iron. Although the hole is short the green is normally elevated wider than deep and is flanked or surrounded by bunkers. The contours on the green are normally severe requiring considerable accuracy to get the ball close to the hole. Famous versions of the short hole include the Postage Stamp Hole at Royal Troon, and although not surrounded by sand the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass incorporates the concepts of the short hole.

Photograph: The 18th at the Greenbrier in West Virginia, USA is an example of a short hole. The hole was designed by C.B. MacDonald and Seth Raynor.

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