The pinnacle on the 18th was so tough at River Valley Golf Course in Iowa that the average for the day was a quadrupled bogey
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A video has surfaced online of golfers struggling on a ‘ridiculous’ hole where it is thought players have an average of four times the bogey.
The 18th hole of River Valley Golf Course proved to be brutal during the Girls 3A State Golf Tournament held Friday in Adel, Iowa. The last hole – a par four – has an average of four on the par of the players can’t catch with brutal pin placement.
Video, posted Twitter by Jake Brend, has 1.6 million views and over 1,000 retweets as well as over 9,000 likes. In the first clip, an opponent only faces a three- or four-foot hit, but she reacts shortly after taking her shot, with the ball sliding through the right hole before rolling down the hill. .
Subsequent putts were hardly any better, with many players missing and helpless watching the golf ball continually roll toward the hole. However, they all slipped and flew off the front edge of the green and down a serious slope.
Brend’s accompanying caption to the video: “No, the golfers aren’t bad, but this has to be the most unfair pin position I’ve ever seen. This slope did not give the athletes a chance.”
On the club’s website, the 18th hole is described as: “Probably one of the most notorious holes on the golf course! The green is almost 100 feet above the tee box. The finishing pit is located right on the hill.
“Try to keep your ball in the fairway as this will help get the ball into the green. When making your club selection, keep the hill factor in mind. Try to keep your ball under the hole when hitting this three-tier green that slopes sharply from back to front.
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“Anything that is too short or too long will be a very difficult up and down. Par is a great score at this hole! Good luck!”
While one user pointed out that it was not the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Federation that chose the pinning site, Zimbabwean professional golfer Tony Johnstone was deeply moved by the video. He tweeted: “After careful consideration and trying not to be harsh, whoever placed those pins should be hung up on the nearest tree with their genitals!
“How can idiots like this even get to a position of power?”
There have been occasions on the pro tournament and the PGA Tour where players have hit pins and greens. At the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock Hills, a lot of golfers condemned the USGA when it let golfers ‘get behind them’ – and on the final round, not a single golfer made it through with more than a third of failures with 80 points.