Although this happened in the late 1960s, I believe the late Virgil Smith may have had the most famous hole-in-one at the course. He had a hole-in-one on the par 4 15th hole. (“A great shot.”) I was just a kid, but my parents were friends of the Smiths and they used to talk about it a lot. It would be great if he was recognized for this feat.
I spent part of my childhood in Orleans and this is where I learned to play golf. I have so many fond memories of Orleans and OCC. It was a great place to grow up and enjoy your childhood. I truly enjoy your website as it brings me back to a time of joy in my life. I hope to make it back to play another round there soon. The last time I played OCC was in the early 90’s.
Las Vegas, Nevada
December 24, 2012
Note: This is a true story and has been confirmed by several long time OCC members. At the time, the 15th hole was a little shorter than it is today. However, it still was a dog leg with a downhill slope to the green with plenty of trouble for errant shots. This is indeed an incredible story. Thank you Keith for adding this bit of history to this page.
Here’s more to the story . . .
Randy Smith is 99% sure his father’s playing partners who witnessed the event were Dick Dudley, Cubby Goulet and Larry Thompson; long time golfing buddies of Virgil. Randy still has the flag from the 15th green’s flagstick from this memorable day.