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It's just a Par 3!

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Posted by Anirudh Chandra 05 Aug 2010

Forget pitch and putt - this tee-off point on top of a 1,410 ft. mountain in South Africa  is the hardest golf shot in the world, and more than $1 million awaits the player who can score a hole in one.

Players must take a helicopter to the top to play the longest and highest par three on the planet.

Taking the shot also requires courage. A player needs to teeter terrifyingly close to the edge of the mammoth hillside.

Indeed, the Extreme 19th Hole is so high the ball takes almost 30 seconds to reach the ground.

Channel Nine cricket commentator Mark Nicholas recently joined an elite list to have the shot in just three swings.  "It was awesome, riveting and phenomenal," he said, "it's like the end of the world when you get up there and it's an awful lot of fun.  It's such an adrenaline rush taking the helicopter up and then rushing back down."

The hole is based at the Legends Golf and Safari Resort, within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in  South Africa's Northeastern Limpopo Province. The other 18 holes were designed by world golfing legends including Trevor Immelman, Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington and Australia's Robert Allenby.

A round of golf - including a buggy and lunch - will set you back R450 ($70).

The Extreme 19th cost is $1060 per four ball, that includes helicopter ride, souvenir cap, glove, and a DVD of you playing the hole.

So far, no one has even come close pocketing the million-dollar prize, but Harrington became the first golfer to conquer the hole within par.

Harrington said, "This is the type of innovation and excitement we need to get more people playing golf.  There aren't many new innovative ways to play the game but this is certainly one of the best.  I think this hole is awesome. I love the whole experience, the helicopter, the views, the drama and having the green the shape of  Africa  .  And now I've got bragging rights over all the other professionals who have played this hole and not managed to make a three. I love everything about it."

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    Steven Dan 27 Dec 2019

    This is looking great, I wish one day I will be able to check it out but right now I can play on Algarve Courses https://algarvegolf.holiday/manage/golf-course/salgados-golf-course Not going to lie, it's pretty good too!

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    Ponnappa Ganapathy 01 Jun 2011

    I missed that course. Only ever golfed in natal in south Africa. Amazing courses there too but the photographic view of this one takes the cake

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    Imran Baig 20 Dec 2010

    Hav stayed at Entabeni and played it. Its awesome. wont tell u where my ball landed.

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    S B 06 Dec 2010

    Wow...would really love to play that hole!

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    Dinesh Thakur 05 Oct 2010

    27 golf courses? .... as per my count, there are 17!..

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    Ashok Kamal 05 Oct 2010

    Hope all are aware that there are about 27 Golf courses in the NCR of Delhi. On most you can hardly get a game on the weekends & holidays. The Game has really caught on in this city of ours!

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    Dinesh Thakur 09 Aug 2010

    what??....... i am not too sure if you can even see the ball land on the green at 1400 ft.... but this is crazy.. :-)

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