6th Apr, 2021 by The Caddie
As the birthplace of the game, Scotland has some of the finest par-3s in the world and we wanted to share our top 10.
The scene of Ernie Els’ sublime escape from a pot bunker en-route to his first Open victory in 2002, the 13th is arguably the best hole at Muirfield. Par always feels like a birdie.
One of the newest par-3 in the country, the eighth at Dumbarnie Links in Fife enjoys the most magnificent backdrop, with glorious views across the Firth of Forth.
A simply magnificent hole, the par-3 fifth at Machrihanish Dunes – originally the 14th – has a green framed by beautiful dunes with sumptuous views towards the islands of Gigha, Islay and Jura.
As the club’s website says: “Nine bunkers surround the green like dragon’s teeth and the only way home is straight down its throat.”
This long par-3 starts of arguably the toughest closing stretch of holes in Scotland. Thread your tee shot through the devilish bunkers to the narrow green and you’re laughing.
Be sure to take your photos before you strike your shot – you may not be smiling afterwards. A magnificent penultimate hole over the corner of the cliff edge.
They say you shouldn’t even bother going at the flag. Instead, aim between the two greenside bunkers (‘Hill’ and ‘Strath’) and hope that your ball somehow finds the putting surface.
A formerly forgettable par-4, the hole has been transformed into a stunning par-3 which plays directly across a bay towards the iconic Turnberry Lighthouse.
Perhaps the most photographed hole on this links, the par-3 15th is easy on the eye but potentially ruinous on the card with a narrow green that extends out into the North Sea.
Arguably the most iconic par-3 in the world, the ‘Postage Stamp’ at Royal Troon is proof that more yardage does not increase difficulty.
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