Business has been all aces lately for bartenders at the Las Vegas Country Club.
Four holes-in-one were recorded on four consecutive days between Nov. 29 and Dec. 2, starting with Peggy Pettis. Then came aces by Bill Clark, Oakland A’s play-by-play man Ken Korach and, most appropriately, Brian Hurlburt, the author of “The Las Vegas Country Club: Chronicle of an Icon.”
A couple of days later, Tammy Gephardt added another ace.
The club traditionally foots the bill for the first round of drinks after an ace.
An even rarer feat occurred on Tuesday, with Hurlburt among a foursome when Darin Koehler, a guest, scored a double eagle on the par-5, 523-yard 10th hole. His second shot, with a 5-wood, found the hole from 228 yards out.
The odds of getting a hole-in-one are about 13,000-to-1 , said Hurlburt . They’re in the millions for a double eagle, he added.
Hurlburt and Jack Sheehan will be signing their new book, “City of Champions: the History of Professional Golf in Las Vegas” and the LVCC coffee table tome at Barnes & Noble at 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. on Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
There’s insider chatter that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has his sights set on hosting a Floyd Mayweather Jr.- Manny Pacquiao fight next year in Cowboys Stadium, which holds 105,000 for NFL games. …
Las Vegas resident Shane Victorino, fresh from signing a contract with the Boston Red Sox, will hold his annual holiday toy drive from noon to 3 p.m. today at Sierra Gold at the Las Vegas Beltway and South Jones Boulevard . The first 200 arrivals receive signed merchandise from the two-time All-Star. …
Sunday’s “Start Spreadin’ the News” benefit for Superstorm Sandy victims raised $100,000. Chefs from 22 local restaurants participated in the food and wine event that was held on New York-New York’s Brooklyn Bridge. All proceeds went to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. …
“Sin City Rules” cast member Amy Hanley noted in an email that her main Twitter account, @TheRealAmyHanley, has almost 3,400 followers, far more than her other account.
Former Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers, the youngest inductee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at the National Finals Rodeo on Friday night. … Hollywood director Steven Spielberg, touring the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on Tuesday with founder Larry Ruvo. … Mark Matejka , lead guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, sat in with the Texas Jamm Band on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at the Gold Coast’s Buck’n Ball after-rodeo party. The Texas Jamm Band features members of George Strait’s Ace in the Hole Band and musicians who play with other entertainers.
THE PUNCH LINE
This week, police in Ohio had to break up a fight between two neighbors with the last names Hall and Oates. But don’t worry. It was quickly broken up by officers Simon and Garfunkel.” – Jimmy Fallon.
Norm Clarke can be reached at 702-383-0244 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke. His weekly segment, “Norm Clarke’s Vegas,” airs during the “Morning Blend” on KTNV-TV, Channel 13 every Thursday.