I actually wrote this post a few weeks back (when it happened) but am glad I saved it for this challenge.
“Go for it” my partner said after seeing his tee shot fading to the right but in good position. I figured it for about a 250 yard shot to the green at the steeply uphill 12th hole at Mt Woodson golf course in Poway, California. I’ve played this hole dozens of times but have seldom tried to drive the green. Today was a perfect opportunity – the GPS was reading about 225 yards and there was no wind at all. I hadn’t been playing particularly well but I knew if I took a good swing I could reach the green and give us an advantage over our opponents. I tried to remind myself to swing smooth and then just gave it a cut. It was one of those rare (for me anyway) swings where the ball just “clicks” off the club face and you have the wonderful sensation of watching it soar high, with just a gentle 10 yard bend to the left toward the flagstick so far away.
As we watched, we all knew it was a pretty shot but then we heard a “clang” from 225 yards away as the ball struck the flagpole. We had no idea where the ball ended up but we were all charged up that it was such a fun shot. As my partner and I reached the green, the other twosome had walked up the hill to see where the ball ended up. I heard them say that there was no balls on the green, and when I got up there, none of us saw any ballmarks around the flag. They finally looked in the hole and yelled “I don’t believe it” and I realized that 36 years of frustration had come to an end – I had finally made my elusive hole in one – on a par 4 no less!!! A hole in one and what is known as an Albatross all in one swing of the club. I’ve gotten close to an ace several times over the years but not so much recently. What a great feeling – the rest of the round is kind of a fog – maybe the result of buying a few rounds of beer for the clubhouse after the round.
Oh yeah – I almost immediately tried to figure out how much I had spent to get to that moment. I started playing golf 36 years ago at the age of 28. I guess that I have averaged about 1 round a week for all those years – sometimes more, sometimes less. I also figured that with equipment thrown in, the average round was probably around $40. That makes an estimate of $74,880 – the cost of a lower model Porsche – and worth every penny……