OK guys. It's the middle of winter and you're sitting around waiting for the weather to allow some actual golf. I want to hear about your BEST par ever. Here is mine.
1987. I'm working a job that requires me to be in Torrance, CA a few days each week. Working my butt off so I take a day off and head up to Industry Hills to play the Eisenhower (the 'Ike') course that had recently opened up. 12th hole is long par 4 (451 from the Blue tees), a little uphill. I pulled my drive into a bunker on the right side of the fairway. Long approach so I pulled out my 1 iron (yes, I used to use one). Caught it a little thin and smashed it into the front lip of the bunker. Came right back to me. Lucky it didn't end up in my footprint. Tried again with the 1 iron and caught it perfect. Ended up just off the back of VERY long green. Pin was only about 8' or so from the front edge. Green sloped back to front so I had 120' quadruple break putt. Rolled into the center of the cup to the total astonishment of the guys I had been paired with. I was pretty amazed too. That's my best par. What's yours? Don't remember much about the rest of the round. Played pretty well. 78 or 9 from Blue tees, I think. Lost the scorecard somewhere along the way.
On a par 4 I pulled my second shot into a greenside bunker. Hit my 3rd fat and left it in the trap. Hit a perfect 4th that rolled into the cup. A buddy of mine was better. A par 3 over water his tee shot skipped 3 times across the pond into the front greenside bunker. He hit the second just barely onto the green and sunk a 25 footer for par.
Par 3 Island green. I don't recall the distance. Drive takes a slice left (I'm a lefty), hits a tree and ricochet's back to the green. Rolls about 6' from the hole. I probably took 2 putts.
My aunt said "that's one way to get to the green".
My best par...
Was having a REAL rough round in my Monday night nine-hole league and had double bogied at least four holes... even managed a quad after a horrid slice OB and then hitting my second way right near the green of the next hole.
I’d just tripled the par 3 hole just before the finishing hole and walking off the green just chucked the ball into the tall grass and leaving me like six or seven shots over my handicap.
Still had had one more hole to play. The last hole also happens to be the HARDEST hole on the course. Forward tees are 390-400 yards with a tight fairway that narrows toward the green which is tucked back to the right under overhanging trees that make hitting fairway key.
Too far right and your down into a swale pitching back to fairway and left leaves you under trees hoping for an opening or your going up and over mature trees 50-60 feet high.
I tanked my drive short left only 100 yards or so into the trees. Of course I’m ready to just head back to the club house and forfeit the match as I’d figure I’m not getting any points with this miserable night anyway.
I get to my ball and it’s just ran into the rough and well short of the bigger trees and I actually had a window. Ball sitting up slightly on fluffy rough so I pull three wood and proceed to smash the CRAP out of it. I looked up to see my ball flight heading straight down the pipe toward the green and it was only a question of distance to actually make it all the way.
Thought I might be just short and would have been happy with that. Get up to the green and I see my ball was actually on the green and LONG. Had a SLICK downhill twenty-foot putt for birdie which I left short, but made the par.
7th hole at Eugene Country Club. Par 3, water in front of the green. Hit 7 iron into the lake. Took my penalty and teed up my third shot. Proceeded to hole that shot. Best par I've ever had and closest thing to an ace.
Looking back over 60 years of golf I have had quite a few remarkable pars. I kind of like what @PC98 said about making par after a penalty shot. I have had several where I hit my tee shot into a water hazard and then made par. Same thing on a par 5 where my second shot went into a water hazard and got up and down. Then there are the times when holing out a bunker shot or holing out a par with a 50 to 75 yard pitch from the fairway. If you play long enough there will be more than you ever could dream. That's the beauty of the game. When it looks like doom and gloom a shot from no where ends up in the bottom of the cup. Great topic.