Killer Course – Gunsan Country Club, Korea

To qualify as a Frogger Killer Course, a course needs to be… well, killer.  What makes a course killer?  There are many qualities or features we consider like the design, location, history, aesthetics, or perhaps having a 1004 meter (1098 yard) par-7 hole will do the trick.

The latter would be Korea’s Gunsan Country Club, home of a 1098 yard par-7 hole.  For perspective, that’s well over half a mile long.  Gunsan Country Club is an 81 hole facility which covers a 1,060 acre area which was once a salt field.  18 holes on the course are private for club members and the remaining 63 are public.


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As mentioned, the par-7 third hole of 1098 yards is one of the longest golf holes in the world.  Imagine the play: driver, fairway metal, fairway metal, hybrid, wedge!

Right.  But not to be outdone, the course also offers a par-6 hole which measures 661 meters (723 yards).  What a combination.  In fact, that combination is 200 feet longer than one mile!


Aside from the killer long holes, 380 acres of the course is water.  That’s more water acreage than the entire 360 acres which makes up Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament.


There are so many lakes in fact, that it takes 26 bridges to connect all of the landing areas.  You might want to bring a few extra balls.


After a long day of navigating 380 acres of lakes and literally miles of golf holes, one can enjoy the restaurant, clubhouse, and pick up a logo ball in the pro shop to commemorate the golf conquest.


Gunsan Country Club
1685, Namgunsan-ro, Okseo-myeon, Gunsan-si, Jeollabuk-do
South Korea

Killer Course – Zotter

German chocolate, edible zoo animals, kids activities, and a “golf” course…  These make Germany’s Zotter the latest Frogger Killer Course.

Zotter makes chocolate, but also has a whole facility including many fun activities for kids of all ages.  Some activities include:

  • Choco-Shop
  • Choco-Shop Theater
  • Zoo Animals
  • Oraganic Restaraunt where all foods are prepared from their own farm
  • Edible Animals

Last but not least they offer a form of mysterious golf on what appears to be a golf course which is more “Volkswagen Golf” than real golf:


The Zotter website is German so the translation of their golf course description is even more intriguing:

Farmer’s golf – the slightly different type of golf, with rubber boots as projectiles

Attempts to research more information about the course, par, slope, rating, or number of holes have failed.  That said, it looks like a fun round.

Killer Course – Dinaland

There’s a small town in the northeast corner of Utah called Vernal. Vernal is the home of Dinosaur National Monument. Dinosaur National Monument features one of the worlds biggest and best collections of dinosaur fossils and bones. In the Carnegie Quarry over 1,500 fossils and bones from dinosaurs large and small are on display, party excavated.

Not far from Dinosaur National Park is a killer and fun course called Dinaland. Not many, if any other courses in the USA or the world have a dinosaur theme or name. The course itself is not killer in the sense of difficulty level, but should a Tyrannosaurs Rex try to eat your group on the 5th hole it would certainly qualify.dino-g

Dinaland is not a high end resort course or even a high end municipal course. It is a down-home course, easy on the game with wide fairways and short yardages. It is easy on the pocketbook too. No $200 rounds here, with $15 buckets of range balls. In fact, for the cost of a bucket of balls at one of those high end resort courses one could play 18 holes at Dinaland.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis public course opened in 1950 as a nine hole offering. In 1993 the second nine was built. Total yardage for this par-72 course is 6,773 with the shortest tees coming in at just over 5,000 yards. Course rating is 71.5 with a slope of 129. Challenging for golfers of all levels when playing from the appropriate tee.

The course architect is Jim Macphilmomy.


Dinaland Golf Course
675 S 2000 E
Vernal, Utah
Phone: 435-781-1428

Killer Course – Troon North Pinnacle Course

Arizona is well known for having many terrific golf courses, some which are rated very high by entities like Golf Digest and Golf Magazine.  One such highly rated course in Scottsdale qualifies as a Frogger Killer Course, Troon North’s Pinnacle Course.


Troon North’s facility is home to 36 holes of golf, the Pinnacle course and the Monument Course.


The facility is located in Scottsdale, Arizona, a short drive from the Phoenix metro area depending on traffic.


The Pinnacle was designed by Tom Weiskopf, who fabulously winds the course and routes the holes through, over, and around desert hills and arroyos.

The Pinnacle course would classify as a “desert target” course.  This style of golf is a minimalistic style where areas not on or near the primary areas are typically the native desert landscape.  In the case of Troon’s courses, that landscape features sandy areas, rugged rocks, huge saguaro cacti, desert arroyos, and rolling topography.


Tee shots at the Pinnacle can look more intimidating than they are in reality.  Forced carries and the undulations of the landing areas can make them look small, but they’re plenty big.



The fairways at the Pinnacle roll greatly and provide many tee shot placement challenges.  Many odd lies due to the rolling nature of the terrain can produce stances which will require full concentration and execution on approach.


The large and undulating greens at the Pinnacle are challenging to hit and fun to putt.  The greens’ undulations are dramatic but fair.  Large bunkering guards many greens, forcing carries or strategic run-up shots.



The clubhouse and its facilities at Troon North are as nice as any golf club you will visit.  From the well stocked pro shop to the locker rooms to the food and beverage, the whole operation exudes class.

The practice facilities are spacious and full of great areas to hit balls, putt, and work on short game.


Troon North Golf
10320 E Dynamite Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Photos by Tony Korologos at Hooked On Golf Blog – Used by permission

Killer Course – Cochiti Golf Club

Less than an hour’s drive from Albuquerque, New Mexico is an area with some great terrain, near the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The elevation of the area varies from 5,300 to 6,800 feet above sea level. Nestled near the preserve is the reservation of the Pueblo de Cochiti indian tribe, roughly 54,000 acres. On that acreage is the beautiful Cochiti Golf Club.



Cochiti was designed by famous golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the son of one of the greatest golf architects in history, Robert Trent Jones. The terrain is hilly, winding through the high New Mexico desert, lined with pines and desert flora.

Par for the course from the tips is 71, with a total yardage of 6,817. This medium length golf course can play a little shorter than the number, as the elevation allows the golf ball to fly farther than at sea level.



The pro shop offers great apparel and golf equipment, logoed with the unique Cochiti branding.

The practice areas include a very scenic driving range with private areas. There are also separate chipping practice areas and putting practice areas.

The Stone Kiva Bar & Grill provides great local food choices and a full bar.


Tee Box Yardage Rating / Slope
Red 5100 yards 68.3 / 113
White 5841 yards 66.1 / 119
Blue 6413 yards 68.6 / 128
Gold 6817 yards 71 / 132


5200 Cochiti Highway
Cochiti Lake, New Mexico 87083

Killer Course – Cuba

About 50 years ago Cuba’s Fidel Castro ordered golf courses closed, citing them as elitist. One other reason is because during a visit from Castro, president Dwight Eisenhower avoided meeting with him by going to play golf.

There are currently only two golf courses in Cuba, but there are now plans for further golf course development.

varaderoVaradero Golf Club

The 18 hole Varadero Golf Club was built in 1927 by a French American millionaire. The course design is a mixture of several architectural styles including links golf, classic tree lined, and target golf. The target holes feature forced carries over natural land features. Salt water lakes come into play as natural water features.

From the longest tees Varadero plays to 6,229 meters or roughly 6,800 yards. Par for the course is 72.

Varadero Golf Club
Varadero, Cuba
+53 45 668482

habanagcHabana Golf Club

The nine hole Habana (Havana) Golf Club is the only golf course located in Havana, Cuba. The course opened in 1998. Habana Golf Club is conveniently located about a five minute drive from the Havana international airport and 10 minutes from downtown Havana.

This nine hole course plays to a par value of 35. Course design features tree lined fairways which feature “wavy” undulations as described by the course. Players wishing to play 18 full holes of golf take advantage of the two sets of tees that the course, playing one set for the front nine and the other for the back nine.

Club de Golf de la Habana, Havana
Carretera de Vento Km 8, Capdevila, Havana 14200
+53 7 33 8820/+53 7 44 1836/+53 7 33 8918

Killer Course – Palmetto Hall Cupp Course

Hilton Head South Carolina is considered by many as the golf capital of the United States. I’m sure the folks in Monterey or Arizona or Bandon Dunes would argue the point.


One of the less famous courses in Hilton Head was designed by Bob Cupp, Palmetto Hall’s “Cupp” course.



Cupp decided to throw out traditional course design and build a course which more geometric features and less smooth contours and shapes.

The Cupp Course at Palmetto Hall features some very interesting shaping of fairway, mounding, greens and bunkers. Whenever possible Cupp shaped bunkers and greens in squares, triangles and polynomials. He shaped mounding in the fairways in pyramid shapes and with squared lines.

In the photo above you can see a triangular sand trap and two photos above the triangular and pyramid shaped mounding.  Below some square bunkers surround a square green (right) while a triangle and polynomial bunker guard the green to the left.



There are four sets of tees at the Cupp course, the longest just a little over 7,000 yards. The Gold tee is the longest set with a difficult rating of 75.2 with a slope of 149. Though it is not long by modern standards, it is a very tough course.


Palmetto Hall Plantation Club
108 Fort Howell Drive | Hilton Head Island, SC | 29926
(800) 2-FIND-18 | (843) 342-2582 |

Killer Course – Legend Golf & Safari Resort – Longest Par-3 In The World

19thEver wonder what the longest par-3 in the world is? In South Africa there’s a par-3 which drops some 1312 feet in elevation change as well as being about 395 yards in length! Check out this video of the “Extreme 19” at the Legend Golf & Safari Resort in the Entabeni Safari Conservatory, Limpopo Province, South Africa.

The tee box is perched atop of Hanglip Mountain and can only be accessed by helicopter. No aces have been scored but there have been a few birdies.

Now THAT is a killer course!

Notice that the green is shaped like Africa?

Killer Course – Meadows Farms, Locust Grove, VA

This featured killer course is one of the most interesting and unique golf courses in America. That uniqueness could come from one particular hole, but in the case of this course there are several.

Meadows Farms Overview

Meadows Farms is not just a golf course. The facility offers a garden center and landscape services. Go shopping for some plants for the garden, hire a landscaper to design and layout your yard, and play a few holes of golf.

The Nines

The golf offering from Meadows Farms comes in three nines, 27 holes. Each nine hole segment features one or more very unique holes.

The “Island Green” nine of course features an island green, their version of the 17th at TPC Sawgrass.


The “Longest Hole” nine features the longest golf hole in the USA, a par-6 which measures at 841 yards.

The “Waterfall” nine features an elevated green with a waterfall on the edge, pictured below.


The waterfall hole isn’t the most unique or shall we say, craziest hole on the Waterfall nine. The 8th hole of this nine is a 165 yard par-3, shaped like a baseball field. Yes you read that correctly.


The hole is not only shaped like a baseball field, it has a dirt diamond and a home run wall.

Photo Credits

Baseball hole:
Waterfall hole & island green:


Meadow Farms
4300 Flat Run Rd.
Locust Grove, VA

Killer Course – Golden Horseshoe Gold Course, Williamsburg, VA

GoldenHorseshoe-Gold-h16Colonial Williamsburg is a historical place, the heart of the American Revolution.  Set amongst the historic buildings and museums of the area is a gem of  a golf course, the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course.


Colonial Williamsburg’s Gold Course opened in 1963, a design of the late and great golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr.  As it is located in a historic and protected area, no homes or developments of any sort are on the course and no homes or buildings will ever line the course.


The course style is a a tree-lined traditional design.  The course features extremely plush forest areas and deeply green fairways and putting surfaces.  Course routing is wonderful. Playing the course one feels like he/she is the only person out there.  There are no parallel fairways.


There are four sets of tees on the Gold course.  Maximum yardage of the course is 6,817 yards playing from, you guessed it, the Gold tees.  Course slope is 144 with a rating of 73.8.  In short, this is a very challenging course for even the best gofers in the world.



The Gold Course has won so many awards we’d need to rent more web space to post them all.  The course is always listed in “Top 100″ lists, from Golf digest’s “100 Greatest Public Courses to Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play.”


Ample and comfortable lodging is located within walking distance of the golf course.  From the course, or the lodging, the historic town is also within walking distance.  In this area one can experience what it was like to live in Revolutionary era Williamsburg.

Other amenities include a spacious clubhouse with bar, pool, spa and numerous restaurants.


Phone: (757) 229-1000 or 1-800-447-8679