Laurie Canter read the yardage sign behind the tee box. Hole 8 at Golf Costa Adeje, it said in blue letters and a number, was a par-4. Check. To the right, in smaller blue: 512 meters and 560 yards.
Someone might want to double-check that, he thought.
“Yeah, I thought it was a typo when we got to the tee, to be honest — see a 560-yard par-4,” Canter said Wednesday.
It checks out. As a defense to players who could possibly cut the corner left off the tee on the double dogleg, par has been trimmed from the course’s standard par-5 to a par-4 for the European Tour’s Tenerife Open in Spain. Somewhat surprisingly then, 8, as a par-4, is the second-longest hole on the course — there are five par-5s, and they play 539, 572, 521, 518 and 548 yards. It joins a short list, no pun intended, of over-500-yard par-4s, including the 546-yard par-4 14th at the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
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