Par-7, 1,100-yard hole provides challenge to long hitters in South Korea

Gunsan Country Club
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Brian Riley poses next to the hole sign for Gunsan's par-7, 1,100-yard third hole.
By Mark Aumann

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Sunday, September 07, 2014 | 1:54 p.m.

We get some amazing and incredible golf photos from fans -- everything from panoramic seaside holes to picturesque mountainside courses. But every once in a while, we'll get something so unusual that it makes us do a double-take.

For example, Brian Riley sent a photo of himself standing next to a hole marker, with this caption:

I don't always golf the longest hole on planet Earth, but when I do, I make double bogey. Gunsan Country Club ROK.

Well, thanks to Google, here's a description of Gunsan Country Club from the VisitKorea website:

"Gunsan Country Club is a golf course featuring 81 holes (18 holes for the members and 63 holes for the public) on the site of an abandoned salt field that spans over 1,060 acres. It is the only course in Korea where all the holes are surrounded by lakes; around 380 acres or 36% of the course is comprised of lakes, and the holes are connected by 26 bridges. It has some of the longest golf holes in the world, including a Par 7 hole (1,004m) and a Par 6 hole (661m). The 18-hole private golf course features classic American style, while the public golf course offers more variety."

Think about that for a moment: You're talking about one hole that's six-tenths of a mile in length. And it's the No. 1 handicap hole on the course, for good reason. 

I'm not certain what "classic American style" refers to, but it sounds interesting. And the idea of having to hit a driver and four fairway woods in a row to reach the green in regulation is fascinating (and probably very frustrating). Still, Brian appears to have a smile on his face after carding a 9, so it must be something to try at least once.