TPC Sawgrass - PLAYERS Stadium Course - 17th
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TPC Sawgrass - PLAYERS Stadium Course - 17th
The island green 17th on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is one of golf's most thrilling par 3s and has been replicated many times. Chris Condon/Getty Images
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Mauna Kea Golf Course - hole 3
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Mauna Kea Golf Course - hole 3
The brawny, signature par-3 third at Mauna Kea Golf Course on the Big Island of Hawaii can play as long as 270 yards. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course - Devil's Cauldron
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Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course - Devil's Cauldron
One of the most famous par-3 holes in golf: Devil's Cauldron at the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course in Alberta, Canada, designed by Stanley Thompson. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Streamsong resort - Blue golf course - hole 7
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Streamsong resort - Blue golf course - hole 7
The seventh hole at Streamsong Blue is one of America's most impressive new par-3 holes. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Straits golf course at Whistling Straits - hole 17
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Straits golf course at Whistling Straits - hole 17
Lake Michigan and plenty of cavernous bunkers are imposing on the 17th hole of Pete Dye's demanding Straits Course at Whistling Straits. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
PGA West - Stadium golf course - no. 17
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PGA West - Stadium golf course - no. 17
The 17th hole at PGA West's Stadium Course in the Palm Springs area is an island green named "Alcatraz. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Mountain golf course at Ventana Canyon - hole 3
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Mountain golf course at Ventana Canyon - hole 3
The Tom Fazio-designed third hole on the Mountain Course at Ventana Canyon in Tucson plays to a green set between two boulders. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Giants Ridge resort - Legend golf course - 17th
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Giants Ridge resort - Legend golf course - 17th
Minnesota is the land of lakes, and your ball will likely find the bottom of this one: The demanding, par-3 17th, set beside Sabin Lake, on the Legends Course at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Coeur d'Alene Golf and Spa Resort - hole 14
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Coeur d'Alene Golf and Spa Resort - hole 14
The 14th hole at Coeur d'Alene Golf Resort in Idaho requires a boat to access. Courtesy of Coeur d'Alene Golf and Spa Resort
General Views Pebble Beach Golf Links
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General Views Pebble Beach Golf Links
The par 3, seventh hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links is short, but when the wind is up it's a treacherous shot. David Cannon/Getty Images
Chambers Bay golf course - No. 15
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Chambers Bay golf course - No. 15
The "Lone Fir" at Chambers Bay, site of the 2015 U.S. Open, is featured at the downhill, par-3 15th hole. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - No. 3
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The South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - No. 3
The famous par-3 3rd hole at Torrey Pines South has an infinity backdrop. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Treetops Resort - fall colors
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Treetops Resort - fall colors
The original "Masterpiece" golf course at Treetops Resort in Gaylord personified northern Michigan views with the elevated, par-3 sixth hole. Courtesy of Gaylord Golf Mecca
Makai Golf Club at St. Regis Princeville - No. 7
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Makai Golf Club at St. Regis Princeville - No. 7
The par-3 seventh hole plays over the ocean at Makai Golf Club, one of Kauai's most spectacular oceanfront par 3s. Courtesy of Makai G.C.
Teeth of the dog - 5th hole
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Teeth of the dog - 5th hole
The short and devilish 5th hole is the first seaside hole golfers encounter at Teeth of the Dog. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico golf course - hole 3b
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Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico golf course - hole 3b
The natural island green hole (3b) comes into view again behind the 17th green on the Pacifico Course at Punta Mita Golf Club in Mexico. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Nicklaus North golf course - No. 17
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Nicklaus North golf course - No. 17
The demanding and scenic par-3 17th hole plays beside Green Lake at Nicklaus North in Whistler, British Columbia. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Grayhawk - Raptor golf course - No. 8
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Grayhawk - Raptor golf course - No. 8
In the heart of Scottsdale, Ariz., the Tom Fazio-designed Raptor Course at Grayhawk features the showy desert par-3 eighth hole. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course - No. 17
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Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course - No. 17
Only one hole plays entirely along the spectacular south shore of Lake Tahoe, Edgewood Tahoe's par-3 17th hole. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bethpage - Black golf course - No. 17
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Bethpage - Black golf course - No. 17
The 17th hole at Bethpage Black in New York personifies the hit-it-or-else vibe of this demanding round of golf. Chris Condon/Getty Images
Pacific Dunes golf course - 11th
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Pacific Dunes golf course - 11th
High drama awaits at the short, par-3 11th hole of Pacific Dunes Course at Bandon Dunes Resort on the Oregon coast. Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor
Shadow Creek golf course - 17th
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Shadow Creek golf course - 17th
The oasis that is the par-3 17th hole at exclusive Shadow Creek personifies Las Vegas extravagance. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Cabot Cliffs golf course - No. 16
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Cabot Cliffs golf course - No. 16
The newest iconic par 3 in North America is the 16th hole at Cabot Cliffs on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. Courtesy of Cabot Cliffs
TPC Scottsdale - Stadium golf course - no. 16
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TPC Scottsdale - Stadium golf course - no. 16
More than 20,000 spectators can get rowdy in the "stadium" that surrounds the 162-yard, par-3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course. Courtesy of TPC Scottsdale
Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe - No. 16
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Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe - No. 16
The Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe in Colonial Williamsburg reopened in 2017 after a renovation. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course - No. 9
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Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course - No. 9
Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course's ninth hole, nicknamed "Cleopatra" with the Pyramid mountain in the distance, is considered the signature hole at Jasper Park Lodge. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Danzante Bay: #17
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TPC Danzante Bay: #17
View from the 17th tee at TPC Danzante Bay TPC Danzante Bay
Manele Golf Course
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Manele Golf Course
The cliffs of the par-3 12th hole at Lanai's Manele Golf Course is a signature moment in Hawaii. Jay Coffin/Golf Channel

The best par 3s in North America

From TPC Sawgrass to Cabot Cliffs, a selection of the greatest par 3s you can play.

There are some par-3 holes that are so legendary, they can be the catalyst for a golf trip. Pete and Alice Dye perfected this phenomenon with the one-of-a-kind 17th hole at the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. It was a marvel of construction on this swampy section of north Florida and has since been copied (at times by Pete Dye himself) many times over all over the world.

There are many other well known par 3s in North America that practically sell the golf destination on their own. Robert Trent Jones Sr.'s effort at Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii was a prime example of his "signature hole" concept. The third hole, since revamped by Rees Jones, plays up to 270 yards and is all-carry over crashing waves. The elder Jones crafted what can be described as northern Michigan's signature golf hole as well, the severely downhill sixth hole on the Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort in Gaylord. It spawned not only the title of the resort but four more courses and one of America's best summer golf getaways.

Other par 3s are marvels in construction. Tom Fazio built a must-see-to-believe effort on the Mountain Course at Ventana Canyon in Tucson, Ariz. Coeur D'Alene Resort in Idaho built a floating, moveable island green accessible only by boat. Other par 3s have natural settings so rare -- like Edgewood Tahoe's par-3 17th, Pebble Beach Golf Links' seventh and Pacifico at Punta Mita Golf Club's "natural island green" -- that practically all the architects had to do was lay the sod.

This collection of images features some of the most thrilling par 3s in a variety of golf destinations throughout North America. Do you have any favorite par 3s that are worth the price of a golf trip alone? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us @golfadvisor.

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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