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Friday, October 31, 2014

Three Shots - Three Holes in One

Eighth hole at Palmetto Hall's Robert Cupp Course
Impossible? No, just implausible! Hilton Head Island Golf recently announced that three golfers from different foursomes made a hole-in-one from the same tees on the same hole on the same day at Palmetto Hall Plantation’s Robert Cupp Course on October 19, 2014.  In case you were wondering, it was on the eighth hole, a short but delightful par three.

What are the odds? About the same as winning the Powerball. The probability of making a hole-in-one for an average player is roughly 12,500 to 1. The chances of two people acing the same hole on the same day from the same foursome are in the 17 million to 1 range.   Add in a third person, all from different groups, hitting from the same tees and the number is beyond my comprehension.

During the Amateur Golf Tour Championship sponsored by Golfweek, Daren Green of the Raleigh-Pinehurst Tour holed out first. In the foursome immediately following Green, Jose Talamantes from the Downeast Tour stepped up to swing from the same par-three hole and also hit an ace from 130 yards. Later in the afternoon, JPGA player André Scopone also made a hole-in-one from the eighth hole.

“We generally have a hand full of hole-in-ones annually, but three in one day is unbelievable,” says Dan Moscar, General Manager of Palmetto Hall Plantation Club. “In all my years in the industry, I have never had two aces in one day, let alone three!”

A Heritage Golf Group property, Palmetto Hall Plantation Club features 36 holes of golf immersed in Southern elegance and natural beauty. The Arthur Hills and Robert Cupp-designed courses challenge and reward players of all skill levels. The Club features a 14,000 square foot antebellum-style Clubhouse, as well as amenities for the entire family. Palmetto Hall Plantation Club is recognized as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for its commitment to environmental quality by meeting required standards for protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, and preserving wildlife habitats.

Among many other books, Dave Donelson is the author of Weird Golf: 18 tales of fantastic, horrific, scientifically impossible, and morally reprehensible golf

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