How big is the Coffin Bunker on the 8th hole at Royal Troon?
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How big is the Coffin Bunker on the 8th hole at Royal Troon?

Credit: Associated Press
Credit: Associated Press

The Postage Stamp eighth hole at Royal Troon is the signature hole at the hole of the 2016 British Open Championship. At just 123 yards, it's the shortest hole in the Open rotation. However, despite it's lack of length, the par 3 has a lot of bite, thanks in large part to its Coffin Bunker.

Not only does the wind typically blow hard in from the right, but the green is narrow and not very deep -- just 40 yards deep and 14 yards wide. Just to the left of the green is the most famous bunker on the course, the dubbed Coffin Bunker, which has a wall so steep that it would be difficult to escape under normal circumstances. It gets even more challenging because the bunker is so small, hence its Coffin moniker. Often times, players are unable to make a full swing toward the green from the Coffin Bunker, much less toward the hole location.


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You're probably wondering just how small that Coffin Bunker, one of five guarding the hole, is. We don't have official dimensions of the bunker, but using Google Maps, it is about 11 yards long and 3-4 yards wide at its widest. It's about 4 feet deep.

The Postage Stamp has seen a wide variety of scores over the years in hosting the Open Championship. Gene Sarazen made an ace there at the age of 71 in 1973 and Ernie Els put a 1 on the card there in the opening round in 2004. However, German amateur Herman Tissies made 15 on the hole in the 1950 Open Championship. Tiger Woods hasn't been immune to the hole, either. He made a triple-bogey 6 there in 1997.

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