Best Par 3’s

Here’s a collection of my favorite 18 par 3’s I’ve seen of the 173 total courses I’ve played. I’ve limited each course to 1 entry, although you could argue some deserve more than one, but for variety I left it at one.


Pacific Dunes — hole 11, 148 yards

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Oceanside, the 11th is a fantastic short 3 that is dependent on which way the wind blows, and it always blows at Pacific Dunes

Rock Creek Cattle Company — hole 17, 191 yards

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The only bunker-less hole on this list features a crazy green complex over a creek

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course — hole 15, 138 yards

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Maybe the best short par 3, “bad baby” plays to an inverted saddle green with harsh fall offs everywhere

Pasatiempo Golf Club — hole 3, 214 yards

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Dr. Mackenzie was a magician with bunkering, and none more evident than the par 3, 3rd

Sagebrush Golf & Sporting Club — hole 4, 181 yards

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The drop shot par 3 at Sagebrush can be played up to 40 yards short and let the natural slope take the ball down to the hole

The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Club — hole 4, 192 yards

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Banff’s 4th hole is among the world’s best par 3’s

Estancia Club — hole 11, 137 yards

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Estancia Club’s short par 3 plays to a tucked green between rock formations

Streamsong Resort (Red) — hole 16, 208 yards

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Streamsong’s Red Course features a terrific Biarritz template

Gamble Sands Golf Course & Lodge (Sands) — hole 6, 265 yards

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The 6th at Gamble Sands is a redan template that is a very fun rendition of a classic template

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club (Saguaro) — hole 15, 255 yards

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Another redan on the list, the par 3, 15th at We-Ko-Pa Saguaro’s course is a monster

Aldarra Golf Club — hole 13, 249 yards

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Yet another Redan, this time Tom Fazio build this hole on the outskirts of Seattle

Predator Ridge Golf Resort (Ridge) — hole 5, 244 yards

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The natural topography gives this long par 3 outside of Kelowna, BC lots of options at Predator Ridge Resort

Apache Stronghold Golf Resort & Casino — hole 14, 186 yards

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Tom Doak’s redan par 3 at Apache Stronghold sits atop the desert hills

Greywolf Golf Course — hole 6, 200 yards

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“Cliffhanger”, aptly named at Greywolf Golf Course outside Invermere, BC is a fantastic par 3

The Quarry Ranch — hole 8, 175 yards

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A side-saddle green complex at the Quarry’s short course is among the standout of par 3’s at this facility

Mirabel Golf Club — hole 11, 178 yards

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Tucked between the rocks, Mirabel’s 11th is a fantastic par 3

Cascata — hole 7, 157 yards

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Cascata’s par 3, 7th is sandwiched between the desert rock formations, three bunkers and a creek that runs to the left and short

Iron Horse Golf Club — hole 16, 229 yards

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The 16th at Iron Horse is a 229 yard, par 3 with Whitefish Lake in the background and a gully short and left.

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