How the Horrible Horseshoe rates


The Horrible Horseshoe at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial this week ranks among Amen Corner, the Green Mile, the Bear Trap and the Snake Pit as the most colorfully nicknamed three-hole stretches on the PGA Tour schedule.

All five of these famed trios come in the first half of the FedEx Cup season.

While Augusta National’s Amen Corner is the most spectacularly designed of the trio, Quail Hollow’s Green Mile is easily playing the toughest this year.

Quail Hollow’s 16th, 17th and 18th holes were so difficult they each rank among the 11 most difficult holes on Tour so far this season. Cumulatively, they played  to an average of 1.01 over par.

The Bear Trap’s 15th, 16th and 17th holes at PGA National’s Honda Classic ranks second in difficulty of the famed trios at .803 over par with the Snake Pit’s 16th, 17th and 18th holes at Innisbrook at the Transitions third at .596 over par.

Amen Corner’s 11th, 12th and 13th holes ranked as the easiest and yet the most exciting trio with the risk-reward nature of the 13th offering up eagles and birdies that added to the week’s excitement. The 13th is the only par 5 among these famed trios. Amen Corner’s cumulative scoring average was .167 over par.

Halfway through the Colonial, the Horrible Horseshoe trio played at .296 over par. Still, for the week, they rank as three of the four hardest holes on the course.