I played in 40 degree weather today and was rewarded with a hole-in-one!
It was the par-3 9th at my home course. The distance was about 140 yards—normally a 7 iron, but I hit a knockdown shot with a 5 to keep it under the wind.The thing went up, crossed low over the creek, hit the front of the green, bounced once, and then sped right into the hole. It was moving so fast that if it hadn’t hit the flagstick, it would have gone right off the other side of the green.
The club was a TaylorMade R7 XD 5 iron. (Since these clubs are so new, I wonder if it’s the first reported hole-in-one with an R7 XD). The ball was a Maxfli Noodle that I had found on the banks of the stream on the previous hole. I used it because it was a bit ratty, I had no confidence in my ability to hit a knockdown shot, and was pretty sure that my reward for trying to get fancy was that I would put it in the creek.
Now, for the bad news.
There were no witnesses. I was the only one crazy enough to be out in that weather. Even the pro shop was closed.
I wasn’t keeping score. So I have no official score card. I had shot bogey on every hole to that point, though.
I don’t get to collect from the club’s hole-in-one pool.
I don’t even think it counts “officially”, since it’s the off-season.
It wasn’t a “real” round, since I was playing two balls. (Except on that hole. When the first one goes in, the only thing to do is get the ball and walk off the course.)
I can’t find the ball. I thought I had put it in the side pocket of my bag when I loaded the trunk, but when I got home, it wasn’t there. It may have rolled under the seats of the minivan, though, so I’ll check for it later.
It wasn’t a Titleist, so I can’t collect one of those nifty Titleist Hole-in-One bag tags.
I don’t care about any of that.
It was a HOLE IN ONE! Woo Hoo!!!