ACE IN THE HOLE
Volume 2, Number 5
I've had the great privilege in my life as a golf writer and editor to play some
of America's most prestigious and private clubs. One year, 1996, I played
Augusta National the day after the Masters, Winged Foot a month later and
Cypress Point Club on my birthday in December. That was quite a special year!
For whatever reason, I always seem to save my worst rounds for the best
courses and those three were no exception. The most memorable round,
though, had to be my birthday round at Cypress. We teed off as the fog still
clung to the wet grass just after dawn. If you're a lowly golf writer who has
somehow managed to finagle his way onto the course—like, ahem, me—
they want you on and off the course before the first dues-paying member
pulls his Bentley into the car park.
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Brett Brooks, Tim Greenwell
As amazing a course as I have ever played—ranking above Augusta, the
Old Course and others on my favorites list—I nevertheless managed an awful round. Since my double-bogey day won no honors on any tee, I was last
up as our foursome stood on the famous par-three 16th tee box, looking out
toward a distant green across an angry sea cove.
Tom Bedell (travel),
Malcolm Campbell (at large),
Scott Kauffman (business), Jason
Kerkmans (apparel), Scott Kramer
(equipment), Jeff Williams (professional golf)
Steve Habel, Tom Hoch
One by one my fellow competitors hit driver into a brisk wind, and one
by one their drives fell short, their balls ricocheting around on the rocks
below the green before meeting a watery grave.
Fred Ackerman, Dave Barkin, Quentin Lutz
What chance did I have? Somehow, I hit the perfect drive, my ball arcing
low and piercing into the wind, bending left as it crossed the rocks and...right
toward the flag. In the misty distance I could see our forecaddy jumping up and
down, shouting, "Get in the hole! Get in the hole!" and running toward the pin.
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When we walked around the cove and up to the green, there was my
ball, an inch from glory, on a hole where fewer than 20 holes-in-one have
ever been recorded, and one of the most famous holes in the world. Happy
Birthday, I said to myself as I tapped in for a birdie. And with that bird, I had
honors on 17, where I quickly hit a drive into the ocean.
NATIONAL ADVERTISING DIRECTOR
Kristin Ackerman Heaton
All of which is to say that the private clubs of America are often storied
places. One club that has its own share of memorable stories to tell is BallenIsles, in Palm Beach, Florida. Our feature on that distinguished club (see
page 10), written by contributing editor Scott Kauffman, highlights what an
ace that property is for members...and for lowly golf writers too.
Steve Bliman, Richard Holcomb,
George Junger, Jeanne Louise Pyle,
RMS Media Group
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