24 October 2013

630 yards. Par 3.


The "Extreme 19th" is a supplemental golf hole at the Legend Golf and Safari Resort in South Africa.  The tee - accessed by way of a helicopter ride - is at the top of a mountain, 430 meters above the green. 

Different sources cite a "time for the ball to land" between 20-30 seconds, which seems way excessive for a 430 meter fall, assuming 9.8 m/s/s applies in South Africa.  Top professionals have hang times of about 7 seconds on level ground, so this hole requires an additional 13-23 seconds.  Presumably terminal velocity and perhaps updraft air currents muddy the pure math.

The leaderboard for the hole currently shows 8 birdies and about 100 pars.

Via Neatorama.

5 comments:

  1. Terminal velicity for a golf ball is 32 m/s. So the drop from 430m is about 13 seconds plus the 7 seconds hang time makes 20 seconds.

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    1. Ahhh - that would explain it then. Tx, Mark.

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  2. I'm so happy you are back! I hope all is well with you!

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    1. I'm back, but have to admit that blogcations are enjoyable and addictive...

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    2. And I enjoyed the slightly slower pace of blog posts before the blogcation. :-)

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