NFL's Fitzgerald plays world's longest par-3

Larry Fitzgerald
Larry Fitzgerald/Twitter
Larry Fitzgerald takes aim at the "Extreme 19th" green, which is in the lower left corner of the photo.
By Mark Aumann
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Saturday, March 28, 2015 | 3:26 p.m.

What do NFL wide receivers do during their offseason? Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals apparently loves golf and travel, and combined both of those in a day he'll not soon forget.

On Saturday, Fitzgerald tweeted this image of himself hitting a tee shot:

 

 

What makes this particular shot special is that Fitzgerald's playing the "Extreme 19th" hole at The Legend Golf & Safari Resort in the Entabeni Safari Conservatory, Limpopo Province, South Africa. It's billed as the highest and longest par-3 hole in the world.

It's 395 yards from tee to green, although it seems way longer than that -- based on the fact that the tee is 1,300 feet on top of a mountain. The green is in the shape of the continent of Africa -- and it takes the ball more than 20 seconds to traverse the distance.

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With that in mind, the balls have tracking devices and a spotter with a two-way radio is located near the target. There's a $1 million bonus for anyone who can ace it -- no one has yet -- although several birdies have been recorded. The average score is reported as 15, although we're guessing that may not take into account the sheer number of balls lost in the veldt.

It requires a helicopter ride to and from the tee. But obviously, Fitzgerald is neither afraid of heights or the cost. According to sources, it's about $1,000 per foursome just to play this hole -- although that includes the helicopter ride for you and your equipment, six balls, a souvenir cap and glove, and a DVD to show you were there.

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