Golf’s scariest opening holes

Not every first hole eases players into the round.

Many great golf architects from the days of Donald Ross to the modern era of Tom Doak have made statements, either in books or interviews, that the first hole shouldn’t be overly difficult.

The truth is the rules of golf architecture were made to be broken. Not every first hole is a walk in the park.

Check out’s picks for the scariest starting holes in the world.