The Most Difficult Par 3s in Britain

By: Golfshake Editor | Tue 03 Dec 2019 | Comments


Memorable short holes are a key part of any golf course. From the 12th at Augusta National to the 8th at Royal Troon and 7th at Pebble Beach, par threes have an iconic place in the game. But despite their relative lack of yardage, the challenge of these little monsters can be just as fierce and devilish as the longest of par fours. 

Designers can often be imaginative when creating par threes, taking advantage of natural hazards and deep bunkers to demand a pinpoint accurate shot from the golfer to navigate successfully. 

The difficulty of holes can be subjective, but to celebrate the masterful nature of par threes, we have studied thousands of rounds submitted into the Golfshake Score Tracker during 2018 and 2019 to discover the hardest across Britain.

Compiling scores from golfers with a handicap between 6 and 19, who shot rounds between 68 and 110, on courses with at least 25 rounds played in that period, we are thrilled to unveil 50 of the Most Difficult Par 3s

What is the hardest short hole that you have played, and does it feature on this list? Let us know!

Forest of Arden 18th

(18th Forest of Arden)

Parklands Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +4.03

Chobham Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.58

West Midlands Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.58        

Warley Park Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.42        

Cranham Golf Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.36        

Boldmere Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.33        

Springwater Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.27        

Kilworth Springs Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.27        

The Hertfordshire Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.26                        

Forest of Arden Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.20        

Boundary Lakes Golf Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.20        

Droitwich Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.18        

Vivary Golf Course

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.15        

West Malling Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.09        

Hoebridge Golf Centre

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.07        

Stocksfield Golf Club

Hole: 18th

Average Score to Par: +3.03        

The Belfry - Brabazon

Hole: 14th

Average Score to Par: +2.49        

Mill Ride Golf Club

Hole: 11th

Average Score to Par: +2.05        

Outlane Golf Club

Hole: 8th

Average Score to Par: +1.93        

Great Hadham Golf Club

Hole: 2nd

Average Score to Par: +1.88        

Draycote Hotel & Whitefields Golf Course

Hole: 16th

Average Score to Par: +1.88        

Cams Hall Estate Golf Club

Hole: 4th

Average Score to Par: +1.88        

Chalgrave Manor Golf Club

Hole: 7th

Average Score to Par: +1.79        

Celtic Manor Resort - Roman Road

Hole: 11th

Average Score to Par: +1.79        

High Elms Golf Club

Hole: 13th

Average Score to Par: +1.77        

Cherwell Edge Golf Club

Hole: 11th

Average Score to Par: +1.77                        

Herons Reach Golf Club

Hole: 16th

Average Score to Par: +1.76

Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa

Hole: 13th

Average Score to Par: +1.74

Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club

Hole: 11th

Average Score to Par: +1.74

Gloucester Golf Club

Hole: 12th

Average Score to Par: +1.72        

Rugby Golf Club

Hole: 9th

Average Score to Par: +1.71        

Haverhill Golf Club

Hole: 12th

Average Score to Par: +1.69        

Staddon Heights Golf Club

Hole: 17th

Average Score to Par: +1.69        

Allestree Park Golf Club

Hole: 17th

Average Score to Par: +1.68        

Bletchingley Golf Club

Hole: 7th

Average Score to Par: +1.68        

Forrester Park Golf Club

Hole: 2nd

Average Score to Par: +1.66

Whittlebury Park Golf Club

Hole: 17th

Average Score to Par: +1.66        

Craigentinny Golf Club

Hole: 13th

Average Score to Par: +1.66        

Etchinghill Golf Club

Hole: 15th

Average Score to Par: +1.64        

Waterhall Golf Club

Hole: 9th

Average Score to Par: +1.63        

Crews Hill Golf Club

Hole: 10th

Average Score to Par: +1.63        

Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club

Hole: 15th

Average Score to Par: +1.63        

Woolton Golf Club

Hole: 13th

Average Score to Par: +1.63        

Telford Hotel & Golf Resort

Hole: 16th

Average Score to Par: +1.63        

Rother Valley Golf Centre

Hole: 7th

Average Score to Par: +1.60

Romford Golf Club

Hole: 3rd

Average Score to Par: +1.60

Thetford Golf Club

Hole: 11th

Average Score to Par: +1.60

Isle of Purbeck Golf Club

Hole: 4th

Average Score to Par: +1.59

East Horton Golf Centre

Hole: 8th

Average Score to Par: +1.59


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