Last summer, while in Kelowna, I got to play Two Eagles Golf Course. I took lots of notes and strokes while playing this one so I could write a review for you guys.
This course is located in West Kelowna (Westbank), which was convenient for us since we were staying near there. It is a shorter course, but not a true par 3 course. There was a big mix of par 3 and par 4s, with a couple of par 5s in the mix. This means, for the most part you won't be using your longer clubs that often, but can still bring them out on a few holes.
As you may or may not know, I am from Alberta, so while we have a lot of nice courses in the area, we don't have any beautiful mountainous courses like that of Sunset Ranch in Kelowna, BC. I have played the semi-mountainous courses before like Brewster's Kananaskis Ranch in Canmore.
In case you missed it yesterday, Ernie Els, moved way up on my list of favorite golfers!
Why?! You ask...
Well, I called a bunch of my buddies on the tour to wish them luck at The Masters like I usually do... We chatted about golf obviously, and I explained that my putting was struggling the other day and how it was frustrating. A couple of them told me, "Don't worry, it happens to the best of us. You just have to brush it off and keep going!".
Right. I thought to myself.
Then, my pal Ernie Els steps up on the first hole and takes on for the team.
The team, in this scenario, is all of us amatuer golfers who struggle on the green every once in a while.
Ernie was within 3 ft, yes 3ft, the type of shot you would expect pro's to just pick up the ball and walk away because it is a gimmie.
Ernie took his shot.... HE MISSED?!?! What?
Then we went on to miss the next 3 putts to ultimately end up with a total of 6 putts! Ouch!
Have a look at the video here:
After this WORST FIRST HOLE IN MASTERS HISTORY, Ernie finish the rest of the round shooting only 3 over par, for a total of +8.
If this was me, I would be on tilt, and the rest of the round would be full of boogies! But Ernie pulled it together pretty well.
So, I just want to say THANK YOU ERNIE!!
Thank you for being a nice guy and showing me that anyone can miss those putts.
Thank you for showing me that it is possible to regroup and play well after this happens.
Thank you for reminding me that I should never pick up the ball on the green and assume it is a gimmie.
You took one for the team on a world stage. That takes guts, and that's why you moved up on my list of favorite golfers!
While the title gives away what is going to happen in the video, I want to set the stage for it anyways...
11 year old, Taylor Crozier, out of Corpus Christi, was one of only a handful of kids selected to play on a Tiger Woods' new course for kids ("The Playgrounds" at BlueJack National, which is a course for kids). So already Taylor was one out of a million (or more) that was chosen to go...
It was like winning the lottery.
Then Taylor gets to take the inagugural shot at new course...IN FRONT OF TIGER WOODS!!
Really lucky (nervous) kid...
THEN, he goes ahead an hits a HOLE-IN-ONE!!!! Unreal.
Have a watch.
Beat that shot, Tiger!
The only sad thing about this story is that this could be the highlight of his entire golf career and he is so young. I sure hope it isn't, and he goes on to blow my mind a few more times.