Carlos Afonso, a golfing veteran of over 30 years from San Marcos, Calif., leaned over his Taylor Made ball and surveyed the daunting shot that lay before him.
It was a gorgeous Monday morning on Kauai’s North Shore. The tee-box of the third hole at the Princeville Makai Golf Club has an amazing view of Hanalei Bay and Bali Hai.
However, his target rested 144 yards away with a drop of over a hundred feet and was surrounded by jungle, lakes and sand bunkers. Not to be deterred, Afonso confidently selected his pitching wedge.
He swung the club back and connected with the ball. The shot soared high into the air off that bluff and landed on a slope to the left of the green. It kicked right, rolled to the right and ended up rattling in the bottom of the cup.
It was Afonso’s first ace in his many years of golfing all over the world.
“It was unbelievable!” he happily exclaimed afterward. “It was like slow motion the way the ball just kept rolling toward the flag and then dropping in. I never, ever thought I would get a hole in one.”
Afonso was awarded with the flag from the stick on the third hole, which is the custom at the Princeville Makai.