The longest par three on the planet

You win $1 million for a hole in one.

You don’t walk to this tee, you take a helicopter.

It doesn’t have a name dug out of local history or a plaque on the tee sponsored by a firm of family run solicitors.

This is the Extreme 19th, the longest and toughest par-three in the world, and it’s fittingly located at Legend Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa.

Former Masters Champion and the first official world number one golfer, Bernhard Langer is the latest big name to tackle the 400m high par three.

Chocks away for Bernhard Langer at world's toughest par three hole

Golf legend Bernhard Langer flies to the tee of the world's longest par three

Teeing off at the highest point of Hanglip mountain, Langer stared down over the Waterberg area of Limpopo – where the Big Five roam free – and sized up the tiny green below him.

The German made a bogey four at the hole.

Local spotters help to find the balls when they land and the latest radar tracking devices on the tee are used to monitor the ball’s flight.

Langer said: “Amazing. What an unbelievable experience. I can’t believe how high it is. What a fantastic and beautiful place.  God spent overtime here when he created this.”

Langer was visiting the resort to make the final changes to the par three fourth hole he designed on the Legend Golf & Safari resort Signature Course.

Golf superstars design unique course at Legend resort
Each of the 18 holes was designed by one of the world’s top players and Langer’s visit followed similar trips by the likes of three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington, Spanish superstar Sergio Garcia, Korean KJ Choi, South African legend Retief Goosen and former European number one Justin Rose.

Padraig Harrington plays the Extreme 19th at Legends Golf & Safari Resort South Africa

Other superlong par three’s in the world of golf include the 288-yard 8th hole at U.S Open venue Oakmont Country Club in the United States and the 239-yard 11th atTom Fazio’s The Country Club at Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados.

For more information about Legend Golf & Safari Resort visit www.legendgolfsafari.com

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