The Postage Stamp at Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland, the Road Hole at St Andrews and the 17th at TPC Sawgrass, USA, are great golf holes that leave a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to play them.
I have the pleasure of returning to PGA Catalunya Resort this month. Reflecting on my last visit, when I played Spain’s Number One golf course, I have been trying to pick out one hole, which captures golfers’ imagination as well as the style of the course.
However, every hole presents a new and intriguing test of golf. When I look back at the 18-holes at PGA Catalunya Resort’s Stadium Course, the par-4 ninth stands out as its most challenging hole – it also happens to have been ranked the hardest during the 2009 Spanish Open.
At 427 metres from the tournament tees, the fairway turns awkwardly at the precise point that you want to land your tee shot. Two large bunkers flank the fairway, leaving a mere 26 metre wide landing area for a somewhat intimidating drive.
Playing your approach over a gully to an elevated green, care must be taken to avoid the three cavernous bunkers, which guard the front of the green, gobbling up shots that finish even the tiniest fraction short.
Looking ahead to my return, I’ll play out all 18-holes over and over again in my mind, but I doubt I’ll be scoring as easily as I imagine on the day.