Tour Pros Tackle Longest Par 5 in Professional Golf
What’s the longest par 5 you’ve ever played? For me, it’s the 610-odd-yard 5th hole at Chichester Golf Club. But that, and whatever hole you’ve got in mind, is small fry compared to the par-5 13th at TPC Colorado, which pros on the Korn Ferry Tour tackled in last week’s TPC Colorado Championship.
It’s 773 yards, and the longest par 5 on any worldwide professional golf tour. In fact, it’s so long that even the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson, who routinely crush driver more than 350 yards, would be unable to reach it in two.
Its nearest competitor is the 690-yard par 5 at The Gallery Golf Club, the longest hole in PGA Tour history, which players braved in the 1991 Tuscon Classic.
TPC Colorado’s terrifying 13th hole, which is almost half a mile long, or the length of over eight football pitches, if you prefer, forms part of one of the longest courses on any tour, as the overall course weighs in at nearly 8,000 yards long.
As you might expect, given its length, the par 5 is the second toughest par 5 on a professional tour, with a scoring average of 5.072, meaning that players bogey it more often than they birdie it – a very rare event for par 5s.
As long as this 773-yard monster is, however, it still falls short of the longest professional golf hole.
The longest golf hole of any par score in professional golf is the 783-yard par-6 15th at the D+D Real Challenge in Slovakia, while the longest on a golf course anywhere is a par 7 at South Korea’s Gunsan Country Club. Its yardage? Only a cool 1,100 yards.
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