This one for me. Whitestone #12 in Benbrook/Fort Worth, Texas. Maybe it’s been a while and they’ve filled it in, but it’s a 478 yard straight away par 4 with absolutely no design to it, dead straight, with just a dumb ditch/creek about 285 yards off the tee with a fairway with a lot of roll in it. You just hit driver and hope that your ball bounds through the ditch (which is hopefully dry) or that it’s playable if it goes in, or it’s not rolling and ends up short. Or you hit a hybrid and have 250 into the green. To me, the worst design is when the hole is made difficult “just because”. Like a dumb ditch that forces you to layup.
This also makes my list. #7 at Riverside in Grand Prairie, TX. We played this in our state tournament. It’s 434 yards and this is a picture of the tee box. That tree on the left? The branch overhanging was literally in play. (maybe the back tees are where the picture was or it was a long time ago and they fixed the tree?). It was about a 220 yard carry to get it to the fairway and you literally have to hit it low to avoid the overhanging tree right on the stupid tee box but high enough to carry 220 yards of death.
No one wants to tank their entire round for one dumb shot, so most everyone was aiming 80 yards right into the adjacent fairway and just playing it like a par 5 essentially. Another fun feature of this dumb hole is if you miss left you can often find your ball and maybe play it, but maybe not, leading to a Kevin Na type situation where he made a 19 because he had nowhere to take relief from after trying to play his first one from a thicket/forest.
Another course full of dumb gimmicks in the area was Canyon West in Weatherford, TX. Lots of fake wagons off the tee box, a Texas shaped green, a snake bunker…silliness. They also liked to just draw out of bounds lines 25 yards into the rough on lots of holes for random hardness. I don’t totally hate the course or anything and some of that obviously isn’t the designer’s fault, but it definitely doesn’t make you feel warm inside playing it.