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The players competing in this week’s Korn Ferry Tour event will have to navigate the longest hole in professional golf.

The par-5 13th at TPC Colorado, host venue for the second annual TPC Colorado Championship, measures an eye-popping 773 yards. 

That’s just a fraction short of half a mile. Or, to put it another way, it’s the equivalent of 38 double-decker buses lined up, nose to tail, one after the other.

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The hole is 83 yards longer than the previous longest hole on any worldwide tour.

As you might have guessed, altitude has a big part to do with it. TPC Colorado is located less than an hour north of Denver, which sits exactly a mile above sea level and is the second highest city in North America. 

With the air thinner, the golf ball typically travels further. Steven Aoyama, a Principal Scientist in the Titleist Golf Ball R&D team, has previously explained how.

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“You can calculate the distance gain you will experience (compared to sea level) by multiplying the elevation (in feet) by .00116,” said Aoyama. “For example, if you’re playing in Reno, at one mile elevation (5,280 ft) the increase is about 6% (5,280 x .00116 = 6.1248). If you normally drive the ball 250 yards at sea level, you will likely drive it 265 yards in Reno.”

In last year’s tournament, the 13th played to a stroke average of 5.072, making it only the eighth most difficult hole on the course. 

Still, though, 773 yards is no joke. Do you think you could even reach it in three?

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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