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Forget pitch and  putt - this tee-off point on top of a 1,410 ft. mountain in South Africa is the hardest golf shot in the world, and more than $1 million awaits the player who can score a hole in one.

Players must take a helicopter to the top to play the longest and highest par three on the planet.

Taking the shot also requires courage.

A player needs to teeter terrifyingly close to the edge of the mammoth  hillside.

Indeed, the Extreme 19th Hole is so high the ball takes almost 30 seconds to reach the ground.

Channel Nine cricket commentator Mark Nicholas recently joined an elite list to have the shot

in just three  swings.
"It was awesome, riveting and  phenomenal," he said,

"it's like the end of the  world when you get up there and it's an awful  lot of fun.

It's such an adrenaline rush taking the helicopter up and then rushing back down."

The hole is based at the Legends Golf and Safari Resort, within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in South  Africa 's Northeastern Limpopo  Province. The other 18 holes were designed by world golfing legends  including Trevor Immelman, Sergio  Garcia, Padraig Harrington and Australia's Robert  Allenby.

A round of golf - including a buggy and lunch - will set you back R450  ($70).

The Extreme 19th costs is $1060 per foursome,

which includes the helicopter  ride, souvenir cap, glove, and a DVD of you  playing the hole.


So far, no one has  even come close pocketing the million-dollar prize, but Harrington became the first golfer to conquer the hole within par.
Harrington  said, "This is the type of innovation and  excitement we need to more people playing  golf.
There aren't many new innovative ways to play the game but this is certainly one of the best. I think this hole is awesome. I love the whole experience, the helicopter, the views, the drama and having the green the shape of Africa .
And now I've got bragging rights over all the other professionals who have played this hole and not managed to make a three. I love everything  about it."


Submitted by: Fred Tennant



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