Friday, June 26, 2009


For a mere $70 you can play the Legends Golf and Safari Restort within the Enabeni Safari Conservancy in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. That $70 will get you 18holes, a golf cart and lunch. Not bad (other than the absurdly long and expensive plane ride to get there…)

Now another $1,060 per foursome -a mere $265 per golfer - will get you a helicopter ride to the tee box of the Extreme 19th Hole. The hole is 642 yard par 3 that not even the U.S.G.A. would dare to add into a U.S.Open mix. The catch is the tee box is 1,430 feet above the green…

Players take a helicopter to the top of Hanglip Mountain to play the longest - and highest - par three on the planet. Taking the shot also requires some courage and a bit of balanas one needs to teeter terrifyingly close to the edge of the mammoth hillside. Might want have those beers on the ride back DOWN.

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

Cricket commentator Mark Nicholas recently joined an elite list to have parred the hole.

"It was awesome, riveting and phenomenal," Nicholas 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 adrenalin rush taking the helicopter up and then rushing back down."

The resort offers a $1 million prize to the first golfer who makes a hole in one. Ireland’s Padrig Harrington became the first golfer to par the hole, prompting him to say, “This is the type of innovation and excitement we need to get more people playing golf.”

"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 and not managed to make a three. I love everything about it."

In this photo composite Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen take a shot at the $1 million. Evidently, neither made a hole-in-one.

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