Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) September 08, 2009 -- When you are whisked up the side of a mountain in a helicopter, dropped off to play four balls, then raced back down the 1,400 feet again to complete your play, golf takes on a totally new dimension.
The newly opened golf course, Legends Golf and Safari Resort, is located in the Entabeni Safari Conservance, in South Africa. It is the worldâs highest and longest par 3.
Each of the 18 holes of the Legends Golf course are designed to be a mini-masterpiece of challenge and reward. The 18 top-flight golfers who designed the course, include such names as Trevor Immelmman, Robert Allenby, Colin Montgomerie and KJ. Choi.
The tee of the 19th hole is set on top of Hanglip Mountain, while far below lies the green, carved as a map of Africa. Thus making this the Xtreme 19th and the most challenging of all.
You enjoy a helicopter ride to reach the tee box and then you need to walk the 630 yards to the pin. After teeing off it takes 30 seconds for the ball to hit the ground, having dropped a quarter of a mile.
Should you manage to score a hole-in-one you have the right to call yourself the most Xtreme golfer on earth and you win a million dollars as reward.
The Xtreme 19th is one of the few holes that can be played as a stand-alone hole. If you should decide to go the whole 19 holes, the cost is around $220 U.S., which includes the helicopter ride, plus a pile of souvenirs and a DVD of your attempt at the hardest shot in the world. To play the four ball Xtreme 19th alone costs around US$800.
The Xtreme 19th will serve as the play-off hole for any tournaments played at the Legends Golf and Safari Resort.
To date, no one has come even close to walking away with the million dollars.
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