Hello, friends: Welcome to Jim Nantz's backyard golf hole
Alex Myers shares what it's like to play Jim Nantz's famed replica of Pebble Beach's seventh hole.
Released on 2/3/2020
So the PGA Tour returns to Pebble Beach this week
for the AT&T Pro-Am.
Which means a lucky few will get to experience
one of the great thrills in golf.
And no, I'm not talking about playing the actual golf course
or getting a Pro-Am pairing with Kenny G.
You see, just up the hill
from where PGA Tour pros and celebrities will battle it out,
sits the house of Jim Nantz.
And in the legendary broadcaster's backyard
is one sweet replica of Pebble's famed 7th hole.
Why have a replica of a hole
you can already see from your house?
Well, because the picturesque par three
was also where Nantz and his wife Courtney got married
Hmmm...getting married on a golf course
so that you can convince your wife
to let you build a backyard golf hole
commemorating that special moment?
Jim Nantz is playing chess
while the rest of us are playing checkers.
Anyway, as you can imagine,
plenty of big names have taken swings
on this mini version of the hole
that was built exactly 50% to scale of the real thing
and opened on February 1st, 2015.
Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Nick Faldo,
even Nantz's NFL booth partner Tony Romo.
Actually, those last three are among those
to make holes-in-one there to get their names posted
on what Nantz calls the Rock of Fame.
Although Sir Nick and Phil also posted videos
of their shots that went viral,
without Nantz's permission.
The secret was out,
as Nantz writes in a recent Golf Digest column.
But what makes this unlike any other backyard golf hole
in the country is the atmosphere.
When you hit golf balls, Nantz blares the Masters theme song
or the CBS golf theme over the loudspeakers.
While he gives a play-by-play.
And I was fortunate enough to experience it myself
during the 2019 U.S. Open.
I got an invite to Jim Nantz's house.
No big deal.
You've got to make a hole-in-one,
Nantz told me after I arrived.
Your name would go right under Phil's.
Despite never making a hole-in-one in my life,
I had such delusions of grandeur.
I was also a bit nervous
considering I had the most well-known voice
of American sports watching as I took a few hacks.
But I was also less nervous
knowing the golf balls were foam.
So, I at least wouldn't break a window of his house.
Anyway, here's my final attempt.
Welcome, our viewers around the world
to our final round coverage.
Alex Myers from Golf Digest
[golf club hitting ball]
This was earlier at the seventh
and it got knocked down by the wind.
And there it spins back.
But he has so far hit every green
for the last two days here at the Masters,
and he leads by one.
If things continue this way,
he may tell Jerry Tarde that he's switching jobs.
Hey, at least I made a respectable run at it.
And a few days later, it was Ian Poulter who made an ace
to put his name below Phil's.
By the way, you like my threads?
They're from the Jim Nantz by vineyard vines Collection.
Pretty sharp, huh?
Hey, a little product placement
is the least I could do for Jim
after giving me the golf highlight of my life.
And who knows?
Maybe the next time I'm in Pebble,
Jim will let me stop by again.
I'd love another crack
at getting my name on the Rock of Fame.
And I'd love to see what the place looks like
under the lights.