Scotland's best par 3

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The par 3 is both fun and sporting, offering everyone a bit of a chance, and of course, that one in forty two thousand chance!. Faraway Fairways thought it would be interesting to build an 18 hole golf course composed exclusively of short assignments, in a quest to establish Scotland’s best par 3 holes. We did however get caught between what we regarded as the most aesthetic holes, and those which perhaps contained the greater golfing challenge, and never more so than on the 15th when we came up against the classic ‘Redan’ hole at North Berwick, and Kingsbarns’s ‘Rocky Ness’. We resolved it by nominating North Berwick, but making Kingsbarns the subject of the header banner! We encountered the same conflict on holes number 11 and 13, where classic par 3’s at St Andrews and Muirfield missed out in favour of a more aesthetically pleasing choice at Turnberry and an absolute stunner placed on a cliff top headland at Royal Tarlair. Cruden Bay’s challenging fourth hole is perhaps another one which has been harshly omitted in favour Shiskine’s landscape and spectacular views. The Trump International can perhaps feel hard done by too, as their sixth hole was eventually replaced with the iconic shot over the sea at Eyemouth, played from cliff top to cliff top, with a yawning drop into wild waves below. Perhaps the most telling thing about our Scottish par 3 course however in this day and age of 250yds short-holes, is that just three of our eighteen measure over 200yds. An average carry of just 180yds is all that we required. Luckily though, we’ve been spared the task of adjudicating which hole is actually Scotland’s best par 3, in truth we wouldn’t fancy trying to settle that one

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BOAT OF GARTEN, John’s View 189 yds 10ROYAL DORNOCH, Fuaran 174 yds
ROYAL DORNOCH, Ord 184 yds 11TRUMP TURNBERRY, Maidens 192 yds
3TRUMP INTERNATIONAL 205 yds12HOPEMAN, Prieshach 150 yds
4SHISKINE, The Shelf 137 yds13ROYAL TARLAIR, The Clivet 144 yds
5MACHRIHANISH DUNES 165 yds 14TRAIGH, Allt an Asaidh 135 yds
EYEMOUTH, A Still No Ken 167 yds15NORTH BERWICK, Redan 190 yds
7WESTERN GAILES, Sea198 yds16CARNOUSTIE, Barry Burn 245 yds
8ROYAL TROON, Postage Stamp123 Yds17ST ANDREWS CASTLE, The Braes 184 yds
9TRUMP TUNBERRY, Bruce’s Castle235 yds18DURNESS, Home 155 yds
OUT = 1603 yards
IN = 1569 yards
TOTAL = 3172 yards
PAR = 54
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