Question of the Week

Best par-4 hole ever played?

What was the hole and why is it so memorable?

The 17th at St. Andrews’ Old Course.

This hole is always hard, and not quite unfair as some say, but has numerous chances to make double bogey. One of the great things about it is the fact that there are so many ways to play the hole and no limits as to how far you can hit your tee shot. Bite off what you can chew, then find a way to get it between the bunker and the road.

The last time I played it, I hit a great drive and an even better 6-iron that landed a few feet from the hole and went about 30 feet past the cup — where I promptly three putted for bogey. A bit of a let-down to say the least, but it was still a great day.

Mike Nixon
Nashville, Tenn.

Royal County Down’s No. 14. It looks easy without any bunkers, but the green is so hard to hit. Played it twice in a day, doubled it both times

Richard Shannon
Minneapolis, Minn.

I agree with Jack Nicklaus.

It has to be No. 8 at Pebble Beach Golf Links.The layup on the tee shot has to be calculated as the fairway runs over the cliff. Then, the hair-raising approach shot is over the cliff and ocean to the green. And then, the green itself is tricky, sloped significantly from back to front and small in size. Of course, all the while you are soaking in the surroundings of the Pacific Ocean all around you.

Jon Lucas
Tysons, Va.

See responses to the Oct. 8 question: Best par-3 hole ever played?