At the 1960 PGA Championship, Arnold Palmer left the 16th green with a triple bogey, essentially knocking him out of contention. The reigning U.S. Open and Masters champion, said of the hole, “As far as I’m concerned, I think it’s ridiculous.” He called it a monster. And the name stuck.
The hole has a menacing backstory. When course superintendent Brian Mabie measured the hole with a laser from the rear of the runway tee box, his reading was 666. Unable to live with the prospect of a demonic connotation he called Don Padgett II, then the head professional.
“I told Brian lets make it 667. We can’t have it be the ‘Devil Monster,”says Padgett, “I mean, who was going to fuss over one more yard?”
It takes something very special to overcome this hole. Remember Bubba Watson’s 427-yard drive to leave him with 240 yards?
How about one of the greatest golf shots you’ve never seen? Ken Venturi to save par at the 1979 World Series of Golf.