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Discussion: Is a 260-yard par 3 excessive or a fair test?

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A hole measuring 260 yards used to be a short par-4 at your local municipal course. This week it's the length of the par-3 15th hole at Atlanta Athletic Club, which presents a daunting tee shot over water with little margin for error.  Though clearly a taxing hole, great shots here helped to propel both Jerry Pate (1976 U.S. Open) and David Toms (2001 PGA) to major victories in years past.

Discussion: Is a 260-yard par-3 too excessive, or is it a fitting test for a major championship?

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