Ernie Els

This short hole can be a long ordeal

This short hole can be a long ordeal

There is a noted celebrity on the course this week for the British Open at Royal Troon.

He’s short of stature, but stout. The first site of him produces a twinkle in the eye of golf fans, though the players themselves will cast a wary glance and be guarded in his presence, hoping their meetings will be brief.

Meet the Postage Stamp eighth hole at Troon — 123 yards of pain and pleasure, all depending on your perspective.

There’s a Postage Stamp T-shirt in the Open’s merchandise pavilion. American golf artist Lee Wybranski chose to feature the hole in his signature painting for the tournament, even adding the perforated edges of a stamp for...