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By: joealaska , 4:27 AM GMT on April 16, 2012

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The ALBATROSS is very rare. Golf is in love with BIRD terms.

My personal goal has always been to get one birdie per round. At least back when I was playing a lot. A birdie is one below par. If a hole is a PAR 4, that means you are expected to take two shots to reach the green, and take two putts to get in the hole. If you get it in the hole with one putt, you get a birdie. You could also hit it on the green from the tee with one shot, take two putts, and get that birdie another way. Questions non golfers? Email me.

On a Par 3, you are expected to get on the green with one shot, and take two putts to get in the hole. If you hit that first shot near the hole, and take one putt to finish, THAT is a birdie. If you hit it in the hole on a par 3, a HOLE IN ONE, that is awesome but it is only an eagle. TWO BELOW PAR. An eagle is always that, two below par.

I had a hole in one. It was only 112 yards, but I hit it in the hole in one shot, on the fly. Slam dunk.
My buddy I was playing with was yelling ITS IN THE HOLE before it was.

No doubt any eagle or albatross takes a certain degree of luck. Even the best golfer can only send it on the way, but those last few inches get into the luck area.

An ALBATROSS (or DOUBLE EAGLE) is three below par. It is a hole in one on a Par 4, or a 2 on a Par 5. This recent MASTERS had a guy hit it from 240 yards and put it in the hole on a Par 5.
He took 2 on a par 5. On national TV. In the biggest golf tournament (arguably). They will be talking about that shot a hundred years from now.

Even non-golfers can appreciate the REMARKABLE. I hope. Maybe not.

I have had a couple emails from the lady who had the fox/eagle/cats video. She was asking me about posting on youtube. Maybe I should be asking her. I have told her about this site, hoping she will participate.

We are in the process of another big MELT. Hopefully the last. But I doubt it. It still has snowed, especially yesterday. Our recently cleared roads were again snow covered. But today they cleared again.

Here in Dutch there are little posters in the post office asking for info on any sightings of tsunami debris. Keeping an eye out. (Not literally).

The foxes come and go. Nosey came back, looking bad as ever. I will not post the detailed photos of her nose.

Lots of tornados again. You can be 2 miles from a huge tornado and not know it was there. But if you are hit by it, it is all over. Random luck. That is why they call her MOTHER nature.

Two weeks from tomorrow I am outta here. I want to document the trip more than ever, seeing if I can sell the trip to travel magazines or what ever.

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9. iaotter
1:59 AM GMT on April 18, 2012
Rotty,
Thanks for the fox funny. If Golden Rod and Nosey keep it up we will be seeing Joe posing like that... only with Dutchie on one of his shoulders and Fluff supervising from the counter top.
I too, now know more about golf than I did yesterday. It's nice to learn something new, even if I can't figure out how it is going to be useful. The closest to a hole in one I ever get is the kind that show up in my sock.
Everybody have a good week!
Joe, are you counting the hours til vacation yet?
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8. MissNadia
4:06 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Quoting osdianna:
Thanks for the definition of an albatross; I honestly had never heard of it in golf terms before. Now birding, well...we have Black-footed Albatross out here on the coast...nothing at all like the golf term. WHY are golf shots bird related" Flying balls, hmmmmmm...not going there!


Say Osdianna, do you have any trash from Japan coming ashore ???
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7. Rotty3
3:59 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
vulpine funny of the day:



Enjoy a good smile :)
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6. osdianna
3:12 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Thanks for the definition of an albatross; I honestly had never heard of it in golf terms before. Now birding, well...we have Black-footed Albatross out here on the coast...nothing at all like the golf term. WHY are golf shots bird related" Flying balls, hmmmmmm...not going there!
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5. dotmom
5:21 PM GMT on April 16, 2012
I've seen a hole-in-one (not actually witnessed it) here on our course during a huge tournament. Our tradition is drinks for everyone. In our case, the Club helped foot the bill on that one.

It's not bad if you only have to treat your foursome or those hanging around the clubhouse. I'd treat to enjoy a hole-in-one. No danger, I fear.
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4. insideuk
2:04 PM GMT on April 16, 2012
Did you know that in Japanese culture if a golfer scores a hole in one he/she is obliged to throw a huge celebratory party for all their fellow golfers/ club members/ company tournament participants? Food and drink – entertainment, oh and throw in some nice gifts for everyone too....

They take out insurance AGAINST getting a hole in one in Japan – it costs the equivalent of about $25 a year.

I love that whole idea. I'm suggesting it become the custom worldwide.

I love the idea of Joe jumping on his loudmouth 'ITS IN THE HOLE!' buddy to shut him up, just 'cos Joe hadn't bought the insurance policy. Not that I'm calling him a tight wad.

Perish the thought.

SO. If the odds on scoring a hole in one are set at 12,700 to 1 for a common putterer plebian player (3,700 to 1 for a professional like Mr Westwood) – figures according to the 'National Hole In One Association' who see fit to COUNT these things and hold meetings about it – then one of those there albatross thingamajigs is set to be a 6 million to 1 rarity.

That's why they call it the MOTHER of all shots.

Possibly.

Might have to email Joe on that one...

SO. Do those long odds make the albatross insurance policy cheaper or the party and gifts much more expensive I wonder? Maybe you gotta buy everyone who was on the course at the same time a new car?

Joe often likes to play alone, on a wide open and very empty golf course.

I think I'd call that hedging your bets.


I note with interest that NOSEY, under your own description, has changed from male to female as the nose injury has worsened.

Better leave special care instructions for Gnu Guy when you go away.

Like how she likes her bed turned down of an evening – a small chocolate placed on the pillow – some soothing background music....

YOU BIG SOFT TOUCH!
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3. Arbie
1:13 PM GMT on April 16, 2012
Well, I know a lot more about golf than I did a few minutes ago. :)

To me, the snow looks like a big adventure. Of course, I'm not the one sitting in it for months on end. I used to like the long winters up in Michigan though. Not the too-cool summers though.

I think I see glimpses of Nosey's nose in the last video. Looks kind of nasty but maybe like something that will heal. Hopefully it won't get infected.

We had a few clear days of wonderful weather, but the rain is back. Of course, nobody in SE Texas is complaining about rain at this time! We still haven't had the courage to get somebody in to give an estimate on how much it is going to cost to remove all these dead trees from our property. Unfortunately, they are too close our house and others to just leave. We'll have to deal with it before hurricane season.

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2. Rotty3
10:03 AM GMT on April 16, 2012
LOL Dotmom. I would be happy to send some heat to Alyeska. :)
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1. dotmom
9:57 AM GMT on April 16, 2012
Melt snow - darn it MELT!!!
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On June 4th I left Kentucky driving my RV known as Leggs. The trip is mostly unplanned, it will be interesting to see where I end up. Let's GO!