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First Hole in One - Par-3 Course
Posted: February 21, 2015
I have been playing golf for 45 yrs. I had never had a hole in one. I hit a 7iron 145 yards into a slight breeze. I saw it land on the green and one of my playing partners said "it's going in". I saw it diappear but I still didn't believe it until I got to the green and looked in the hole. Sure enough it was at the bottom of the cup. It took a long time but it was worth the wait. I have never enjoyed buying drinks as much as I did when our group of nine got back to the club house. The ball I made the hole in one with was one of a dozen I got personalized with my beagle's name "spike the tiger". That just made it even more unbelievable.
I was 2 over after 3 holes and needed to regroup. My friends and I pulled up to number four, and I shot it with the range finder and it read 186 yards. This hole has always been tough to me, but knowing I was two over already made it even more challenging. I was up third and was dreading it too. I took out my TM R11 7 iron just to be sure I got there, and took a couple of practice swings to get comfortable. I stepped up and made a good solid swing. I watched the ball go straight for the flag and then bounce behind it. Thinking I was off the back of the green, my friends and I looked for my ball for half a hour. I finally called it, and told my friends I would take a double and for them just to finish out. Aaron, who was off the fringe, made it When he went to get his ball out of the hole he said," someone left their ball in the hole." Joking around, I asked what kind it was, and Aaron said it was a Pro V1 with a three black dots. My eyes lit up , and I grabbed it out of Aaron's hand. Seeing that it was mine, I looked at my buddies and just laughed. The ball landed three foot from the hole, and spun back and dropped into the hole. My confidence level was off the wall the rest of my round.
Posted: February 20, 2015
Played 18 with a member of my club in the morning at a local municipal course named Dubsdread GC in Orlando, FL. I didn't have a good round and wanted to get some more work in. Since it was 11am, I thought I had some time to get in another 9 for sure before my teaching clinic. Played the first 6 holes solo cruising along. Joined a twoball on the 7th tee and picked up a fourth a friend of mine on 10 tee. My buddy likes to talk all day. A couple birds shut him down some but winning the 14th with his bogey net par he was feeling particularly chipper on the 15th tee, a par 3 playing 157 to the pin this day. He hit a good shot about 12 feet, so the pressure is on with his 6 a side stroke advantage.. Didn't think anything in particular except short and sweet through the ball due to wind conditions.. As i struck the shot it heeded right of the pin with a small draw.. bounce and roll....plunk... in she goes.. Buggar almost made his birdie for the push...atleast he didn't tarnish the hole in one.
Posted: February 17, 2015
Everyday we have the "Pro Game" at the club at 10:30am. It has been participated by the likes of FC, AK, PM, MB, Mike Weir, JJ, GM, even AP, who happened to be at our club this same weekend!!! It is a blind draw, 4 man team, 2 best balls, 3 on 9 and 18 for a score ranging from over par to 14 under, depending on the course setup. This day the greens were a 13.5 on the stimpmeter. The 16th hole is a long par 3 212 yds, hdcp 10 on the scorecard. Pin on the front lower tier on this very difficult green, A 2 had already been registered and that is usually a skin on that hole. I scoped the pin a 210 yds , and chose a 5 iron. I made a good pass at the ball and it was a frozen rope to the pin, it bounced directly in front of the green margin, and tracked toward the hole. The usual banter of a good shot was made, it usually goes past and up the hill and back down toward the hole. But this time, the white hue of the ball disappeared!!!! We went nuts, I was in shock. Such an improbable hole for a hole in one!!! it was a big payout in the game, which made it that much sweeter.
Every year, in or near winter, I make my Ad Hoc Golf Tour trip. I drive 3 hours, find a hotel, find a course, stay and play, and then repeat until I reach southern climes before returning. This year I brought my brother, Chuck, with me, and along the way we stopped at the 10th most difficult course on Golf Digest s toughest courses list, the Tobacco Road Golf Club. It is a very tough course, and my brother enjoyed it so much that we decided to play it again after our 10 days on Hilton Head. So, we headed back to Tobacco Road on December the 10th, 2014. It was about 40 degrees with a steady strong wind. I did not play the first hole very well, but managed to scramble a bogey on the second. On the third tee facing into the 14 mph wind, I had 104 yards to the pin. I took out my "Magic Wand," a Titleist AP1 "W" wedge and made a fine stroke, high and straight at the flag. My brother said, "That looks like it might go in." Our view of the hole was blocked by bunker protecting the green, and I replied, "Yeah, but I've seen too many that looked that way. I'm not looking in the hole, I'll be checking the bunker first." When we got to the green, I headed to the bunker. Behind me my brother asked, "Did you check the hole?" I said, "No, I know better." He replied, "Well, it's in there." No description can possibly match the actual feeling of making my first hole-in-one at one of the most difficult courses in America. I am still walking on air. Fortunately, there was no one in the clubhouse but the pro when I went in to post my round, so it did not cost me a fortune in drinks. The club gave me a nice plaque to commemorate the event, and I am still basking in the glow. Thanks to Titleist for the fitting that made this possible!