It is considered established etiquette at most golf clubs that any golfer who shoots a hole-in-one is obligated to treat fellow golfers to a round of drinks. (Editor’s Note: This Hole-in-One FREE drink courtesy at most golf clubs doesn’t normally extend to women as “the suits” that run these bastions of testosterone don’t consider women to be “real” golfers. Of course, I disagree with this outdated sexist position, but then I have never shot a hole in one – UNTIL YESTERDAY! I am relieved at this antiquated position given the evolving drinking habits of women. )
Yesterday, I had my first Hole-in-One. Details – with embellishments – for those who follow such trivia can be found below:
4th hole Thanksgiving Point, UT. A par 3, 155 yards (downhill) into the teeth of a strong two-club wind. With careful consideration and after throwing a few blades of grass into the wind to gauge the ball flight, I selected a 7-iron to carry the ball about 10 yards past the hole just short of a little ridge of a severely undulating green. Ball struck perfectly and landed just below the ridge. Thrilled that I was so fortunate to be on the green (unlike Bogey Pinson who was in a trap 50 yards from the green), I turned and walked back toward the golf cart. Therese saw my golf ball roll slowly but resolutely back down the ridge into the hole and remarked “I think your ball rolled into the hole.” It had.
Fortunately my bar tab was not too onerous as we were in Mormon country where they don’t drink alcoholic beverages or coffee. At this late date, we have no reported fatalities of people overdosing on caffeine-free colas or iced-tea served at the Thanksgiving Point Golf Course.
P.S. One less thing on my shrinking bucket list. This is not good news.