What was the hole and why is it so memorable?
Best par 5 I played is the sixth hole at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin, Illinois. Big carry to a small fairway. Tree lined. If I make par, then I run to the next tee box.
Augusta National Golf Club, No. 13 — Azalea.
There is no place like Amen Corner in the world and Augusta National’s 13th can produce eagles and bogeys. Being there for the tournament is amazing. Getting a chance to play it is even better.
This is easy. The best par 5 I have ever played is No. 16 at Lido Golf Links on Long Island. This is an old-style links par 5 modeled after a CB McDonald design with multiple routes, high risk / reward and can play very easy or extremely hard depending upon the wind.
I was the seven-time club champion at Lido, and there is no other hole where I have made eagle and also made a 10 so many times — you can put both instances in double digits. Nothing beats playing the hole several times to realize what a challenge it is, and what an opportunity it is.
No. 16 at TPC Sawgrass — it’s a great risk / reward with a very negotiable second shot into a well-protected green. But then you turn to the right and see the tee shot at No. 17 staring you down. Your nerves start going crazy.
Most memorable is the 11th at Crystal Lake Golf Club in Haverhill, Mass. That is my home course and I scored a 2 on that hole. I was playing with two great friends and some friends in the group in front of us watched my second shot go in the hole and came up our fairway asking "Who hit that shot? It went in."
Two great shots and a lot of luck — carded a 2.
North Andover, Mass.
No. 17 at Turnberry's Ailsa course. May 17, 1977. Perfect drive of 255 yards — from men's tees, not championship — perfect 2-iron into the hole for albatross.
Los Angeles, Calif.
No. 6, Pine Tree Country Club, Birmingham, Ala.
Mark H. Friedman
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