Hole Pine Valley
Par 3, 238 yards
Architect: George Crump
At a glance: Arguably the best par 3 in the
world, the hole is uphill with a green that has
ripples and tiers. It is a demanding, exacting
hole but it does allow a run up so everybody
can play it.
O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. is a 2011 GAP Hall of
Fame inductee, two-time U.S. Senior Amateur
Champion, Pine Valley member since 1971
and former PVGC club president.
“I think there are three reasons, in no particular
order. One, for a par 3, it is long. Being uphill it
plays close to 10 yards in added length. If you
miss the green, right, left or long, you bring
a [big] number into play. A lot depends on
where the miss is but you would have to play
an exceptional golf shot to have a chance at
par. There are going to be more double bogeys
than pars made if you miss the green in either
of those directions. That leaves two options:
hitting the green or landing short of the green.
And when you get on the green, you haven’t
finished because of the contour. If you get the
ball beyond the hole, the slope is sufficient that
it’s not an easy two putt. It’s not uncommon to
see balls putted off the green, especially when
they are quick. It’s a hole that requires three
good shots to make par. Par is an exceptionally
good score,” said Brewer, 82, of Pine Valley, N.J.
In 2017, brush on the left hillside was cleared
out, exposing an elaborate bunker complex.
Brewer has aced every par 3 at Pine Valley,
other than No. 5.
In 2017, the area left of the green
was opened up to expose a
long-hidden waste area.