In descending order…
18) 9th at Delhi Golf Club
Tournament: Hero Indian Open
Par/length: 4/445 yards
Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 25/147
Highest score recorded in 2015 event: 8 – Mark Tullo, Abhinav Lohan
Narrow and bush-lined, the historic Delhi Golf Club has long hosted the Indian Open with the ninth hole one of two entries in the 18 hardest in The 2015 Race to Dubai. As a testament to just how difficult this tight par four is, eventual winner Anirban Lahiri was two over par on this hole alone during the course of the week back in February.
17) 2nd at Golf du Palais Royal
Tournament: Trophee Hassan II
Par/length: 3; 208 yards
Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 28/155
Highest score recorded in 2015 event: 7 – Richard Green
The first of two entries in this list for the unique Moroccan venue. One of four par threes at Golf du Palais Royal, situated in the grounds of the Royal Palace in Agadir, with each of that quartet measuring a testing 200 yards or above. Precision from the tee is key at the first of the four short holes with steep run-offs surrounding the raised putting surface. 2015 winner Richie Ramsay escaped with par here in each of the four rounds en route to victory.
16) 9th at PGA Sweden National
Tournament: Nordea Masters
Par/length: 4; 476 yards
Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 33/178
The highest score recorded in 2015 event: 7 – Seven players
With the deep blue yonder of a sizeable lake bordering the entire right-hand side, and bunkers aplenty to gobble up even the slightly errant ball, the ninth is a brutally tough hole to close out the front nine at PGA Sweden National’s Lake Course. Swedish amateur Marcus Kinhult led after 36 holes this year and, as if to exemplify his massive potential, the 18-year-old was a remarkable three under par on this par four for the week back in June.
15) 5th at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal
Tournament: Turkish Airlines Open
5th at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal
Par/length: 3; 224 yards
Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 16/106
Highest score recorded in 2015 event: 6 – Five players
With water right, two bunkers left plus bushes and trees beyond, the long par three fifth in Turkey proved a formidable foe in the first event of the 2015 Final Series. Indeed, winner Victor Dubuisson made double bogey here on the final day to slip out of the lead after the Frenchman found one of those aforementioned bushes to force a return to the tee. Visually intimidating, daunting pin positions. What’s not to love?!
14) 18th at Golf du Palais Royal
Tournament: Trophee Hassan II
Par/length: 4; 484 yards
Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 31/168
The highest score recorded in the 2015 event: 7 – five players
With two bunkers down the right to be wary of from the tee, plus an elevated green which slopes viciously from back to front towards a dangerous bunker, there’s plenty to occupy the mind on the finishing hole in Morocco. With blue and black numbers peppering the cards of The European Tour’s finest this year, as in many before it, Messrs Pelle Edberg and Matteo Manassero bucked the trend by going two-under on this hole over the week in Agadir.
13) 8th at Royal County Down Golf Club
Tournament: Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation
Par/length: 4; 429 yards
Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 30/186
Highest score recorded in 2015 event: 7 – Six players
One of the finest holes on one of the world’s great links courses and the first of two entries for Royal County Down. Sitting atop the dunes, the eighth is one of the highest points on the layout with its tight fairway, trouble down the left and right and a long, narrow green that is incredibly tough to find. Played into the wind most of the week back in May and briefly threatened to de-rail Soren Kjeldsen’s bid for victory as the Dane made a double bogey here during the final round before eventually winning in a play-off.
12) 18th at Genzon Golf Club
Tournament: Shenzhen International
Par/length: 4; 456 yards
Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 29/141
Highest score recorded in 2015 event: 9 – Benjamin Lein
The first of an astonishing three entries in the 18 most difficult holes in The 2015 Race to Dubai for Genzon Golf Club – proving without a doubt that the China layout is one of the most challenging seen on The European Tour. With the sizeable Dragon Lake dominating down the right hand side of the closing fairway, bunkers left, and a gargantuan putting surface to deal with, winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat holed a 12-foot birdie putt here in the first extra hole to beat home favourite Li Hao Tong to the title.
11) 11th at East London Golf Club
Tournament: Africa Open
Par/length: 4; 477 yards
Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 26/189
Highest score recorded in 2015 event: 8 – Tom Lewis
Played as a par five for the regular members, the 11th at East London is a lengthy, testing par four for the European Tour’s finest during the Africa Open. Despite the wide fairway, and prevailing helping wind, there are plenty of towering pine and gum trees ready to accept a wayward ball. Extraordinarily, England’s Seve Benson made eagle here on the third day.
10) 9th at Hong Kong Golf Club
Tournament: UBS Hong Kong Open
Par/length: 4; 493 yards
Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 19/186
Highest score recorded in 2015 event: 7 – Three players
Dogleg left, narrow as anything with trees encroaching either side of the fairway and almost 500 yards in length to boot. To put it another way, the world-class trio of winner Justin Rose, plus his Ryder Cup team-mates Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter, were a combined seven over par on this hole in October. Testing.
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Source: europeantour.comWill Pearson
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