Nabnasset Lake’s 3rd Hole Ranked Among Worst in America

The third hole at Nabnasset Lake Country Club in Westford, Massachusetts is ranked as one of the worst holes in America by Golf Digest. 

The hole is a 456 yard, par-5 with a severe dog leg to the right. 

“Par is an arbitrary construct—golf scores are the sum of the strokes it takes to complete 18 holes regardless of the par number. Thank goodness this out-and-back hole is labeled a par 5 because it offers players the psychological comfort that reaching the green in three shots is normal. It plays out of a narrow passage to a tight fairway with out-of-bounds trees along the right,” writes Golf Digest. 

The third hole at Nabnasset PHOTO: Google Earth

They continue, “Drives need to travel at least 200 yards to get a peek around the first corner, but unless golfers have a sweeping Bubba Watson like left-to-right bender in the bag, the next shot is a hard right turn about 100 yards to get past the trees at the second corner. That leaves a 130- to 150-yard third shot into a tiny pitched green, hopefully avoiding wayward drives coming in from the parallel fourth tee. Some architects think the only way to design a true three-shot hole is to add length. Nabnasset proves otherwise.”  

The third hole was also named one of the most polarizing par-5s by Links Magazine a few years ago. 

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