February 14, 2018 at 12:57 PM
By Rick V., Team Titleist Staff
Rick V., Team Titleist StaffDuxbury, MA
Did you happen to catch any of the action from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this past weekend? I just love seeing those golf courses on the Monterey Peninsula, especially Pebble Beach. As I watched a bit of this year's final round, I thought about Titleist Brand Ambassador Russell Henley because, as he told us during filming of our recent Pro Files series, Pebble Beach Golf Links was where he teed it up for the first time in a PGA Tour event. If you haven't heard Russell's story, check out the video below:
Quite a few years ago, just before moving back to the East Coast, I had a chance to play the first 17 holes at Pebble Beach (yeah, not 18, which is a whole other story for another day). It was a bucket-list opportunity and an experience I'll never forget, but what really stood out is how nervous I was playing on that amazing layout.
I felt the same legless feeling that Russell describes in the video, but it didn't subside as it typically had when I'd been nervous or under pressure in the past. I somehow managed to par No. 1, but my hands were still visibly shaking as I struggled to put my putter back in my bag. I tried to calm down, to slow my breathing, but my heart would not stop racing. I had the shakes and Jimmy-legs for a full five holes. Even in competitive rounds I've never felt anything close to it.
How about you? What's the most nervous you've ever been on the golf course? Share your stories in the comments below.
Keith MAcworth, GA
Chuck ZMt Pleasant, SC
February 14, 2018 at 01:57 PM
I was playing at Foxwood Hills in Upstate SC (a 9 hole course where the "greens keeper" maintains the course in exchange for hunting and fishing rights...).
It was a cool morning and the dew lay thick on the yellowing grass. The Lance Cracker's were as fresh as I could ever recall on that day... Little did I know the plight which awaited me. First hole, a birdie following a 1st tee mulligan (nice). Second hole, I sliced a DT Solo into swamps edge (less nice). I went through some reeds to the edge of the water, looking for my ball. While using my club to push back the foliage, a water moccasin struck my eight iron; and hit it's mark! The moccasin struck again and came up short of my leg. With fury and fear I kicked the evil beast back, in order to buy time for further assessment. With no expedient egress route, and the soft muddy ground under my feet creating even more uncertainty, I KNEW what I had to do... I was in the moccasins home uninvited. My negligence and open club face had arranged the unplanned visit. An unwelcomed visit for which I'd had no time to offer apology.
Yet still, I KNEW what I had to do. My eight iron got it's first confirmed kill that day.
I know what you are thinking, "if it was warm enough for the snake to be aggressive, why was the grass yellowing? And what was a moccasin doing in the upstate?". Did I mention the "greens keeper" maintained the course for hunting rights? And I don't know for certain that it was a moccasin, I just know the sound it made when I took it's life...The most nervous I have ever been on a golf course...
February 15, 2018 at 05:23 PM
RoosterWest Wareham, MA
Dale VEscondido, CA
Tom JVernon Hills, IL
Luke RHamden, CT
Tim TigerBixby, OK
Tyler HAppleton, WI
February 14, 2018 at 03:29 PM
I would have to say Bethpage Black last year. Our group had the first two tee times. So we got to tee off on the untouched course that morning. And it sets up that everyone waiting to get on the course can watch you tee off as well.
I actually piped it down the middle and had a fun day on the course. It is truly one of the toughest courses I have had the "pleasure" of playing. Playing Pinehurst #2 in the early morning fog was pretty stressful as well. We started on #18 and could not see a reference point to hit to.
The great thing is that I had the privilege to play both of these courses with great friends met from this site.
Joel LMilton, GA
Michael JCOrwell, VT
Dwayne NIsland, KY
Frank PPort St. Lucie, FL
Tate BCarthage, TX
Ralph CPortland, ME
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