The ninth hole at Quintero which is 45 minutes northwest of Phoenix is spectacular. Hitting off of a cliff over a lake to a shallow green.
It's 212 from the tips, but silver tees at 139 sounds like a great short par 3.
check out number 9 at Blue Rock in Yarmouth Mass. Blue Rock is 18 Par 3 holes but it's rated in the top 5 in the country.
9 is a elevated 150 yard par 3 over a pond and to a Radan that slopes back to front. the wind coming off the Atlantic and the Bass River always plays tricks with this hole.
I've played Blue Rock. It's a gem. Unfortunately, it doesn't meet the requirements for this story: It's a short/executive-style course, and the hole is longer than 140 yards. https://www.golfadvisor.com/galleries/dont-underestimate-the-charms-of-blue-rock-golf-resort-in-south-yarmouth-mass-on-cape-cod
Surprised the 16th at the golden horseshoe in Williamsburg didn't make it after looking at some of the other ones picked. 1st island green on the east coast, if not the country
I've always wanted to play Golden Horseshoe. The hole, however, is much to long for this list: 169 yards from the tips.
I always think of number 4 at the George Wright Golf Course in Boston from my caddy days in the late 50’s.It is short but treacherous if you hit short you will be playing from at least 40 feet below the hole. Long and you have a delicate shot to hold the green. It is on my bucket list to return and play there.
Sorry I meant 4th hole!
The 3rd hole at Machranish (Jura) on the Mull of Kintyre is 121 yards from the yellow tees 131 from the whites it is uphill and when approach the green you have a view of 9 pieces of land Islands and mainland. It is stunning and you need to stop and wonder at the view before you putt, chip or play your bunker shot.Very memorable!
I played Jura in a driving rain. I had my head down and couldn't enjoy the view. Thanks for the suggestion. Sounds lovely on a good day.
I have to move you to Australia and offer the 7th hole only 112 yards from the back tee, can be a sand iron or a four iron to the upturned saucer.
Great list! But two others come to mind. I can’t recall the numbers of the holes, but at Coeur D’Alene Resort in Idaho, famous for its floating green, there is a prettier par 3, downhill to a cloverleaf green, less than 130 yards. Each leaf of the clover makes for a tiny target, and the lake behind is a distracting view, leading to many a bladed wedge!The other is at little known Cruit Island golf course in Donegal Ireland. 130 yards over an arm of the Atlantic, usually played into a gale. When I played it (2handicap) it was a full 3-wood!
Cruit wasn't considered b/c no par 3 is shorter than 150. The same for Coeur D'Alene: The shortest par 3 is 148 from the tips. Obviously, most people don't play from the tips, so there are many other great short par 3s from the "every day" tees.
The list is definitely forgetting about the 15th Hole at Pasatiempo. The closest most of us will get to playing 12 at Augusta. Short Par 3 with a diagonal green, plays less than 140 generally and has a green where you can't go short (penalty area) and cant go long (bunkers & penalty area). It's a severely sloping green as well, and you have to get your number right, and your shot dialed in, or else you're in for a tricky up & down or potential 3 putt. Love that hole.
It's a great hole. I made double last time I played it, so it's definitely tricky tough. It was just a tad too long for our listing, playing 142 yards from the tips.