The vast, vast, vast majority of golf holes throughout the world are par-3, -4, or -5. There are a smattering of par-6s, and, AFAIK, only two par-7s in the entire world (both of them at Japanese country clubs).

Given the huge variety of golf courses throughout the world, one would expect that this diversity would extend to their hole lengths, and that we'd see a lot more par-6s and par-7s, some par-8s and par-9s, and even a few holes with par 10, 11, 12, or higher.

Why are almost all of the world's golf holes clustered so tightly in the par-3-to-5 range, with so few longer than this?

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    I'm not much of a golfing enthusiast, so I'm hesitant to make this an answer, but I'd expect that space would have something to do with it. Golf courses are huge - each hole is hundreds of yards long, and there's 18 of them. It feels intuitive to me that, in the vast majority of cases, there's going to be a practical physical limit to how big the holes on a given course can be.
    – F1Krazy
    Jun 12 at 15:32
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    To some extent, golf courses want to keep players moving, so that more (paying) customers can tee off behind them. Having holes that can be expected to take longer to play decreases the "bandwidth" of the course.
    – chepner
    Jun 18 at 20:46
  • Also, a par-10 isn't likely to be twice as challenging or twice as fun as a par-5, just twice as time-consuming.
    – chepner
    Jun 18 at 20:46

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