Coolest moment on a golf course?
Posted 07 January 2019 - 11:17 AM
I've been tremendously fortunate to have been able to play a lot of golf pre-kids (4 years of college golf #humblebrag) and have hit some pretty good shots in my lifetime, but my favorite moment has to be a shot my dad hit in a when we played together in our home club's Member/Member tournament.
This particular day of the tournament was alternate shot and I put him in no-man's land hitting it left of the par 4 10th hole. Left of the green on that hole is dead no matter where the flag is and of course that day the pin was cut about 5 feet off the left side of the green so he had no room to work with...maybe 8 feet or so.
For those few of you who want a little more detail, there's a SEVERE dropoff (got to be at least 10 feet) on the left side of the green and the "rough" in that area is in a shaded spot, which means it's a little grass, but mostly it's hardpan dirt. To make matters worse, the green runs away from the hole severely and is also down grain running away from the hole. The bank is usually shaved pretty close, so anything that doesn't make it up the hill, comes rolling back down to your feet. So to summarize...he has about a 25 foot pitch shot where he has to get the ball up quickly to an elevated green, hitting off dirt, to a pin with no room and a green with a severe slope that runs away from him and all the green is down grain. As I said...DEAD. An average shot, probably ends up with a 30 footer for par. A good shot leaves with you with a 20 footer...an amazing shot might be ten feet, so in my mind, we were playing for bogey at best.
I started to go over to him to suggest trying to bump it into the bank and hope for a lucky break. Before I got to him, he just smiled at me and winked and said, "Don't worry I got this."
I can only describe what happened next as a freaking miracle. Somehow, Dad managed to pick the ball perfectly off the dirt, land it short of the pin (probably about 3 feet from the hole). It still had speed and would have gone at least 10 feet by, but it clanged off the pin and dropped into the hole for the most unlikely birdie in the history of ever. It was so cool to see his reaction and get to celebrate that one with him. I don't remember exactly where we finished in that tournament. I'm pretty sure we cashed in a little bit, but I'll never forget that shot.
He could have dropped 100 balls in the same spot and may have gotten 2 or 3 inside 8 feet. Of course, this is the same guy who also had a double eagle and a hole in one in the same round. I didn't get to see that one, so that's off topic (but worthy of mentioning). I miss him so much.
Edited by bu11dog, 07 January 2019 - 11:02 PM.
Posted 07 January 2019 - 12:33 PM
Well since your swing is still there I'm happy it was one you wanted to keep! For me I'd gladly trade mine is for a new one, so don't mind losing it.
Ha! My swing is the product of years and years of effort. I couldn't imagine starting over.
Posted 07 January 2019 - 12:38 PM
Coldest Old Course in March. Three thermals and a Goretex jacket. 40mph. 18th was nailed driver and nailed 4 iron. We went to a coffee shop instead of a bar.
Posted 09 January 2019 - 11:11 AM
Shortly thereafter a motorcycle followed by 2 patrol cars giving chase tear across the fairway, race through the rough and over the neighboring fairway before turning onto an access road leading off of the course.
Everyone including the 4 ball on the green just looked at each other in silence for the longest time before busting out laughing.
It was very cool.
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 11:50 PM
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Posted 13 January 2019 - 06:53 PM
Posted 13 January 2019 - 09:14 PM
As a pair we had never won the championship flight. We had gotten second a half dozen times or so. Two years ago we paired with our competition and they were one shot up on us going into the last hole which was the 1 handicap hole number 8 that plays about 400 yards downhill and then steeply uphill to a turtle shell green. OB left and all sorts of tree trouble right. My cousin hit a very useable drive, but I hit one to 105 yds out down the middle. I then hit a 54 degree to about 18" for a tap in for birdie and the win.
This wouldn't have been so special to me if my grandma - who taught me how to play golf - hadn't passed away the winter before. It was where she grew up and lived her entire life and she was with me in spirit on that hole that day.
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Posted 13 January 2019 - 09:25 PM
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Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:05 PM
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