(PGA Tour ShotLink)

So I stumbled across the picture posted above, of the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. For those of you that are unaware, the 17th hole, at TPC Sawgrass is one of the crown jewels of holes when it comes to golf and the PGA Tour, often regarded to as one of the hardest par 3 holes in the game of golf and you can imagine why.

Of the 4,363 shot attempted since 2003, 481 landed in the water. That’s a 11% for those of you out there that like mathematics and percentages. Now a reminder, those 4,363 shots are from professionals golfers, these graphic doesn’t include the shots from your everyday amateurs like you and me, I don’t even want to know what that would look like.


Course officials say 140,000 balls per year end up in the water. In terms of genius ideas, whoever created this hole is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. It’s unreal to think about, but your average Titleist Pro V1’s, Callaway’s  and Nike golfballs costs around $3.50-$4.00 per ball. Doing the quick math, the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass racks in an outlandish $490,00-$560,000 a year, from stray golf balls.

For the record, when I eventually design and build my own world class golf course, I will be putting about 6 of these holes throughout my course, with some slight variation in them of course…to you know break it up for the golfers so they don’t get bored or mad at me.

One example might look something like this:


Yeah….good luck with this one Tiger. This hole will eat up your ball faster than Hungry Hungry Hippos, not a chance in hell will anyone ever get a hole in one, guaranteed, let alone get it on the green. Infinite money for me, just how I like it.


What in tarnations was this guy doing? Did he hit a driver from the tee-box? He absolutely crushed it passed the hole, ball never had a chance for the green. On the bright side, at least he didn’t lose a stroke over it.