There is a big debate in the world of golf on containing course length and driving distances which affects players on the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour.
At the Porsche European Open at Green Eagle Golf Courses, in Hamburg, Germany this week, there is one hole that would support those who protest against increasing course length.
As shown by DP World Tour and PGA Tour caddie Craig Connelly on Twitter, the par-5 16th hole is a staggering 705 yards long. Yes, you read that correctly.
Connelly, well known for caddying for Martin Kaymer when he won the US PGA Championship, the US Open and the Players Championship, joked with his followers: "Lay up or go for it??"
Lay up or go for it?? pic.twitter.com/LU05PI5gSo— Craig Connelly (@theweeman77) May 31, 2022
Ted Scott, the caddie of World No.1 Scottie Scheffler, replied to Connelly's tweet too: "I’d go for it on the 3rd if I were you."
The course this week in Germany is a 7475-yard par-72. The Porsche European Open made its debut at this venue in 2017 when Jordan Smith was victorious.
Popular Englishman Marcus Armitage provided one of the best moments of the season in 2021 when he secured an emotional first win on the DP World Tour at this event.
Take a look below at the best replies to Connelly's tweet:
Brian the 34 HC will tell all his mates he went for it as he 'can reach in 2 with his Sunday best'— Danny Collins (@Danny_Boy200) June 1, 2022
Also, Brian hasn't hit his Sunday best in 18 months
i really do not see the obsession with making courses 7500-8000 yards. It's madness. Same as par 3 that are 250+ yards... the best par3 in the world are all sub 150 yards....IMHO— Bart Somsen (@BART_SOMSEN) June 1, 2022
For me, a 705 yard hole would take at minimum 5 pure shots. Even in my younger days it is a 4 shot hole. Assuming a pro hit a 326 yard drive which is the distance leader Cameron Champs' average, it still leaves a second shot of 379 yards. Unless very downhill, that's just too far— Dallas Mossman (@MoDaluan) May 31, 2022
Unless it plays 300 yds downhill, I think I’ll lay up in 5 and play for a double— rolly benard (@BenardRolly) May 31, 2022
Take an @Uber to the green - that’s long second for me after booming a drive 150 yards right into the thick stuff!— Darren Rowe (@djrowe149) June 1, 2022