Six Of The World's Scariest Golf Holes
It's that time of year when all manner of ghoulish goings-on appear to spook us to our very wits' end.
To get into the spirit of Halloween and celebrate all things frightfully spine-chilling, we've been chatting here at Hole19 HQ and considering which holes might just be the 'scariest' in world golf.
Here are six which sprung to mind immediately...
Carnoustie Golf Links - 18th Hole
In the history of major golf, this hole is best known as the site of Jean van de Velde's collapse in the 1999 Open Championship. It's particularly tricky as the famous Barry Burn comes into play twice on the final hole and the unwary golfer can encounter a real card-wrecking end to their round without needing to do much wrong.
When the wind is up, this golf hole strikes fear into the hearts of many of the world's best with great regularity.
Catch Van de Velde's frightful turn of events below...
Cypress Point Country Club - 16th Hole
As frightening golf holes go, there's plenty to be fearful of when finishing hole 15 at Cypress Point and heading towards the world-renowned 16th.
The hole requires nerves of steel to ensure a well-struck tee shot over the rocky cliffs and the Pacific Ocean below. A rather narrow landing area awaits with greedy sandtraps on either side. This one is not for the faint-hearted.
TPC Sawgrass - 17th Hole
Possibly the most famous shot in all of golf and the majority of its fame lies primarily in the threat posed to every golfer who stands upon the tee of TPC Sawgrass' penultimate hole.
Coming to the golfing public's attention every May at The Players Championship, the hole is surrounded by water apart from a small pathway to the green from the tee. Peril lies short, long, left and right and there have been many horrors over the years - not least the two balls that 2016 Masters champ Sergio Garcia managed to put into the drink when going head-to-head with his old adversary Tiger Woods.
Pebble Beach GC - 8th Hole
Pebble Beach is easily one of the most dramatically stunning golf courses in America - and the golfing world at large. Find the fairway with your tee-shot - which is no mean feat in itself - and the second shot to this par-4 eighth hole at Pebble Beach is ghoulish in the extreme.
A gargantuan cliff on Carmel Bay plunges to the Pacific Ocean below and the thunderous crashing waves remind you that any shot right will be heading for a watery grave. If you go too far left you'll be faced with an awkward bunker shot and the threat of the world's largest ocean if you overdo it.
Augusta National GC - 12th Hole
The par-3 12th hole at the home of the first major of the year has all the elements to strike fear into the hearts of all those golfers seeking that famous Green Jacket.
One of the most chilling features of this particular hole is the swirling wind which, in turn, makes the golfer far more aware of the water guarding the green short.
Back in 2016, Jordan Spieth looked set for a second win at Augusta National when he stood over the 12th hole...
Royal Troon GC - 8th Hole
Known affectionately as the 'Postage Stamp', the 8th hole at Royal Troon can be a daunting task for golfers of all abilities. Its difficulty lies not in its rather short length, but rather in the treacherously small target green.
From the tee, the only real acceptable result is finding the green as five separate bunkers lie in wait for errant shots. One of those bunkers has the blood-curdling nickname 'The Coffin' and during a practice round before the 2016 Open Championship four-time major champion, Rory McIlroy took six to finally escape.
Catch the video below (you might want to watch behind your hands)?
Which other scary golf holes come to mind for you? Let us know below...
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