The toughest hole on earth
Did you know?
Pop legend Phil Collins carded a double-bogey 5 on the Xtreme 19th
The Legend Golf and Safari Resort in South Africa's Limpopo province is home to what has been described as the ‘most extreme golf hole in the world' - the Xtreme 19th; the world's highest and longest par-3 hole.
The experience begins with golfers taking a helicopter ride to the tee box, which sits high up a cliff on Hangklip Mountain.
From here it is a 576-metre drive to reach the pin of this unique golf hole. The tee box is, however, 430 metres above the green, allowing plenty of leverage - not to mention a superb panoramic background. The green itself is shaped like the African continent, surrounded by a bunker.
The average drive will remain airborne for some 30 seconds, allowing plenty of time to marvel at its flight. All the balls are fitted with tracking devices in case the drive is a little wayward.
The cost to play all 19 holes at the Legend Golf and Safari Resort is approximately R2 000 per person, which includes the helicopter trip to the 19th tee and a DVD of your drive from the Xtreme 19th.
A hole-in-one on the 19th carries a prize of $1-million which is an excellent return on your investment, even after you've bought everyone drinks at the clubhouse.
The first birdie on this extreme golfing hole was recorded by former Barbados cricket star Franklyn Stephenson, who sunk a 7m putt after his booming drive landed on the green.
Many celebrities have played this hole, and some have done themselves extremely proud. Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman became one of the first golfers to record a par on the Xtreme 19th.
Established professional golfers, including the likes of Padraig Harrington, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, KJ Choi, Trevor Immelman, Thomas Bjorn, Jim Furyk, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Woosnam, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen, designed each of the 18 regular holes at the Legend Golf and Safari Resort.
The first 18 holes are not compulsory, but certainly advisable.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Legends Golf and Safari Resort
Tel: +27 (0) 14 743 6371
Accommodation, conferencing and events reservations
Tel: +27 (0) 11 729 6700
Fax: +27 (0) 11 729 6790
How to get here
Legend Golf and Safari Resort is located within the Entabeni Safari Conservatory, approximately two hours' drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Visit the resort's website for detailed directions and a map.
Around the area
The Limpopo province has plenty to offer the intrepid traveller including a variety of game and nature reserves, hiking trails and adventure sport pursuits, from white-water rafting and abseiling to caving and rock climbing.
What will it cost
Approximately R2000 per player for all 19 holes.
Length of stay
Stay a few days to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere offered by the Legend Golf and Safari Resort.
What to pack
Your biggest driver and best putter. And don't forget to bring plenty of sunblock and a hat, especially in summer.
Where to stay
There is a variety of luxury accommodation available at the Legend Golf and Safari Resort.