South Africa has to have it. Have you ever seen anything like this?
Hole 19, or ‘Xtreme 19’, is a par 3 – a par 3 whose tee is atop a cliff on Hanglip Mountain, more than 1,400 feet above a green carved like the continent of Africa. The 630 yard hole requires a helicopter to reach the teebox.
This magnificent new golf course is in South Africa at the Legends Golf and Safari Resort.
This is an 18-hole championship course that was designed by 18 different top flight golfers including Colin Montgomerie, Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Padraig Harrington, K.J. Choi, Justin Rose, Trevor Immilman and Retief Goosen.
But it’s the ‘Xtreme 19th’ that has caught and held the world’s attention.You’ve got to take a helicopter to get to the tee box, and from there it’s more than 630 yards to the pin. Golfers have the opportunity of teeing off from one of three tee boxes. With advanced technology in the form of four separate cameras and the latest tracking equipment, the golfer can follow and capture the tee shot and the flight of the ball. Once you tee off, it takes nearly 30 seconds for the ball to hit the ground.
Playing all 19 holes will cost about 2,000 South African rand, or about $220 in American dollars, but for that you get the helicopter ride, a DVD of your shot amongst other things. And, and here’s the teaser, if you get a hole-in-one on the 19th you will also net yourself a cool $1 million bucks – and the right to call yourself the most xtreme golfer on the planet. But what a beautiful green – the whole idea must have been created with a chuckle and a wry grin…
Unlike certain signature holes, you can play just the Xtreme 19th, if you like, without messing with all that full-round business. And for tournaments held at the Legends, it will serve as the playoff hole.
The Legend Gold and Safari Resort is 2 hours north of Johannesburg. The design and layout of the Resort has been done in a way that minimizes the impact of the development on the natural environment. It preserves the pristine bushveld and makes the Resort one of the most environmentally sensitive of its kind in Africa.