Acing it at Humana
One of the beauties of golf is that even the most average of players can get to play the same courses that the very best players play on. OK, getting a round at Augusta is going to be tougher than probably any other course on the planet, but for many championship courses you pay your green fee and you walk the same steps that the legends of golf walk and play the same holes.
Watching coverage of the Humana Challenge from the weekend it suddenly struck me that Ken Duke’s ace looked vaguely familiar, and it dawned on me that I had played that exact same hole in 2009. I maybe hit a 9 iron rather than a sand iron and if I am honest I was a shade short hitting the rocks/sand in front of and right of the green but getting a nice bounce into the front rough. Although “rough” is perhaps an over statement; it’s fun to recall how lovely it was to play out of, being neither very long nor penal, and the ball just sat up on it.
In the all too frequent gloom surrounding the state of the amateur game today, we should remind ourselves how lucky we really are to be able to do these things. I’m not expecting to be able to take strike at Lords any time soon and the chances of a kickabout at Wembley are probably a bit thin. But if I wanted to play at PGA West, I could arrange that, it wouldn’t be cheap, but I could pay my money and play that hole again. And if I aced it, I’d do the Ken Duke dance too!
Keegan Bradley’s ace was slightly more subdued in comparison, but I recall this hole too. Though I noticed that for the pros they seemed to have taken out the ball-magnet from the irrigation channel by the green..! Ah well, we can but dream.