Golf Course Trivia

  1. Whose “rock” was located on #9?

Lionel “Spec” Sterner had so called “Sterner’s Rocks” on several holes when he played.  Lionel was a short hitter but “spec”tacularly accurate with his shots.  He determined where to land his ball on the firmest part of the fairway, to get maximum roll to compensate for his lack of distance.  On #9 he landed the ball on the right edge of the fairway just inside the group of pines to the edge of the fairway and got several extra yards of kick.

  • Who teed off on number #6 and made a hole-in-one (on #4 green)?

Gene “Hermie” Goetz.  He not only made the unorthodox “hole-in-one” but insisted on buying a round for everyone on the course in celebration.

  • Who made a hole-in-one on #8 and declared the ball to be in an unplayable lie and took a penalty to avoid buying drinks for his group?

Norm Nybroten.  After holing out on #8 Dr. Nybroten declared the ball to be in an unplayable lie and dropped the ball and proceeded to putt out for a 4 under the current rule.  His intent was to avoid buying drinks for his group during Tuesday League play but upon further examination, it was determined that once a ball is holed, the score is official.

  • Who shot a 29 from the blue tees?

Roy Shaw.  4-4-4-3-2-4-3-2-3=29.

  • Where was the ice rink?

The current driving range tee.  Some of the berms that contained the water remain.  It worked well for a year or two then the winters became milder and the ice surface was no longer maintainable.  During this same time ice skating on the creek on the west end of the course was an occasional winter pastime.

  • Where was the skeet range?

Below the hill in the current practice range.  The skeet shack was on the #1 side of the range about half way between the base of the hill and the creek.

  • How do you play “triplets”? 

Two sets of “triplets” (three holes placed 4 1/4″ apart and 2 1/8″ from the fringe of the green) were placed on opposite sides of the practice green.  At that time, primarily 1950 – 1990, the practice green included an area half again larger than the current lower practice green beside the lower tee on #1 and an additional area extending approximately to the cart path north of the residence, often giving putts of 50+ feet with 10 or more feet of break.  A number of players from 2 up to typically a dozen or more would compete.  The left hand hole was worth a nickel, the right a dime, and the center 15 cents. 

Each competitor paid the appropriate amount to any player who holed out in less strikes than he and any difference in value to those holing out in the same number of strokes in a more valuable hole.  Conversely they collected from those who took more strokes to hole out, or holed out in the same number of strokes in a less valued hole.  Holing on the first stroke paid double, so if you were to sink your first putt in the center hole and no one else holed out in one, each player would pay you 30 cents.  Accounts were settled after each hole.  It was uncommon for anyone to win enough to cover their libations.

“Stymies” were an integral part of the game.  A ball in play that interfered with your next stroke was a rub of the green and you played around it.  A ball moved during play of the hole by a competitor’s ball during the play of their shot remained where it came to rest, sometimes holed out, sometimes in a significantly worse location that originally.  The putting green was lighted at night and games occasionally lasted well into the evening.

  • Who teed off from the white tees on #2, hit the marker on the red tee across the creek and had the ball ricochet back across the creek and hit himself, resulting in a two shot penalty?

Gene “Hermie” Goetz.  Hermie was also reputed to have hit a shot off #2 tee that struck a passing car and was later visited by the police about the incident while completing his round.  When asked for his drivers’ license he is reported to have questioned the request, explaining that he was hitting a 3 wood.



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