The pin position on 18 was so tough at the River Valley Golf Course in Iowa that the day’s average score was a quadruple bogey
Footage has emerged online of golfers struggling on a ‘ridiculous’ hole that would see players average a quadruple bogey.
The 18th hole at the River Valley Golf Course turned out to be brutal at a Girls 3A State Golf Tournament held Friday in Adel, Iowa. The final hole – a par four – saw an average score of four over par as the players failed to master the brutal pin placement.
The video, posted to 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, a competitor is only faced with a three- or four-foot putt but reacts immediately after making her shot, with the ball missing the hole to the right before rolling down the hill.
The putts that followed fared little better, with several players missing and watching helplessly as the golf balls constantly rolled towards the hole. However, they all miss and fly off the front edge of the green and down the severe slope.
Brend’s accompanying caption with the video read: ‘No the golfers weren’t bad but this had to be the most unfair pin placement I have ever seen. This slope left no chance for the athletes.
On the club’s website, the 18th hole is described as follows: “Probably one of the most notorious holes on the golf course! The green rises nearly 100 feet above the tee box. The finishing hole is straight up the hill.
“Try to keep your ball in the fairway as this will help it reach the green. When making your choice of club, remember to consider the hill. Try to keep your ball under the hole when hitting in this three-tiered green that slopes steeply from back to front.
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“Anything too short or too long will be very difficult to get on and off. The par is an excellent score on this hole! Good luck!”
While one user pointed out that it was not the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union that chose the location of the pin, Zimbabwean professional golfer Tony Johnstone was infuriated by the video. He tweeted: “After careful consideration and in an effort not to be harsh, whoever places these pins should hang from the nearest tree by their genitals!
“How do idiots like that even manage to hold a position of authority?”
There have been occasions on the professional circuit and on the PGA Tour where players have slammed pin positions and greens. At the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock Hills, many players condemned the USGA as they let the greens “go away from them” – and in the final round, not a single golfer beat par with more than a third failing to beat 80.