It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s…

Steep-bunker-face-beforeMy all-time favorite golf story – I hope my writing does it justice.  And note:  names have been changed.  You know who you are.

Bob, two other friends and I were on the 18th hole of the Blue Course at Bethpage State Park.  Bob had a difficult 50-yard approach shot up a hill and over a very steep greenside bunker.  But Bob has a great short game.  Confidently, he looked up at the green, then back at the ball.  Again, up at the green, back at the ball.  Then one last time up at the green, and there it was…

A car!  And no small Toyota or Honda – it was a huge 1970s Impala, or something like that.  And it was coming over the hill and down the cart path straight at Bob.

It all happened so fast.  The car was trying to stay on the cart path, but it couldn’t negotiate the hill and came to a sudden stop in the steep bunker, with three tires in the sand and one up in the air, still spinning – like Fred Flintstone’s car.

But the story doesn’t end there.  You’ve probably heard jokes that make fun of golfers who are so passionate that little will keep us from playing.  My favorite is the one where Jack has a heart attack on the golf course and his three golf buddies are upset.  They have to hit the ball, drag Jack, hit the ball, drag Jack.

I love these golf jokes because they’re based on truth, and Bob proved it.  After the car came to a stop, he looked down at his ball one more time, up at the bunker, which now included a car, and nonchalantly said, “I can fly that.”

And he did.

As it turns out, the driver of the car, “Bill”, was a good friend of ours.  He knew we were playing the Blue Course and was driving out to meet us when the bunker mishap occurred.  I don’t think we were worth the effort – the police ended up coming and Bill had to have his car towed out of the bunker.

And yes, to this day, Bill is the only guy I know who can “drive” the greenside bunker on the 18th hole of the Blue Course at Bethpage.



  1. Joan Middleton May 26, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Patty – I can’t believe this really happened! This was a great story. Joan

  2. Myra May 26, 2015 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Dear Public Golf Hack,
    I keep having this dream. I am trying to get my foursome together at the first tee. I get one golfer there but when I come back with the next one, the first one is gone. Etc, etc.
    What is the meaning of this dream?
    Your faithful reader,
    The Hackster

    • Patty Ellis May 26, 2015 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing your dream, Ms. Zen. I’ve done extensive research into this area and am confident in the answer: you need new golfing friends.

  3. John May 27, 2015 at 7:34 am - Reply

    The names have been changed to protect the “innocent”?

  4. Jamie May 27, 2015 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    My friend just turned me onto your blog, and I really enjoy reading all your posts! Looking forward to your next one …

  5. SIL May 27, 2015 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Patty, you are such a gifted writer! You are as articulate and entertaining in your writing as you are in person. I am enjoying your blog immensely.

    • Patty Ellis May 27, 2015 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      I swear I didn’t pay Laurie to say that!! Although it was so sweet I should have.

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