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Three is a Magic Number

Par-3 holes offer some of the most beautiful sights— and most compelling drama—in all of golf
By Jeff Williams | From CBS Sunday Morning, May/June 2020
Three is a Magic Number
Photo/Larry Lambrecht
Standing on the tee of the seventh hole at Pebble Beach, at the crest of Point Arrowhead, the sense of awe is breathtaking. To your right is Stillwater Cove, to your left Carmel Bay and straight in front is the endless mighty Pacific. Just below you is the green of what is likely the most photographed hole in golf, the marvelous and miniature seventh, just 103 yards from the back tee on the scorecard. It’s an indelible image that will never leave you if you’re lucky enough to experience it. Waves crashing against the rocks, a seal or sea lion or otter lolling nearby. Depending on the wind, it’s one of the simplest wedges you will ever hit or a 4-iron blasted into a …
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