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

Transcript

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So the PGA Tour returns to Pebble Beach this week
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for the AT&T Pro-Am.
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Which means a lucky few will get to experience
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one of the great thrills in golf.
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And no, I'm not talking about playing the actual golf course
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or getting a Pro-Am pairing with Kenny G.
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You see, just up the hill
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from where PGA Tour pros and celebrities will battle it out,
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sits the house of Jim Nantz.
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And in the legendary broadcaster's backyard
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is one sweet replica of Pebble's famed 7th hole.
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Why have a replica of a hole
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you can already see from your house?
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Well, because the picturesque par three
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was also where Nantz and his wife Courtney got married
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in 2012.
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Hmmm...getting married on a golf course
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so that you can convince your wife
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to let you build a backyard golf hole
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commemorating that special moment?
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Jim Nantz is playing chess
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while the rest of us are playing checkers.
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Anyway, as you can imagine,
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plenty of big names have taken swings
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on this mini version of the hole
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that was built exactly 50% to scale of the real thing
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and opened on February 1st, 2015.
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Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Nick Faldo,
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even Nantz's NFL booth partner Tony Romo.
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Actually, those last three are among those
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to make holes-in-one there to get their names posted
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on what Nantz calls the Rock of Fame.
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Although Sir Nick and Phil also posted videos
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of their shots that went viral,
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without Nantz's permission.
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The secret was out,
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as Nantz writes in a recent Golf Digest column.
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But what makes this unlike any other backyard golf hole
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in the country is the atmosphere.
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When you hit golf balls, Nantz blares the Masters theme song
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or the CBS golf theme over the loudspeakers.
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While he gives a play-by-play.
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It's incredible.
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And I was fortunate enough to experience it myself
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during the 2019 U.S. Open.
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Yep.
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Hello, friends.
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I got an invite to Jim Nantz's house.
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No big deal.
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You've got to make a hole-in-one,
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Nantz told me after I arrived.
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Your name would go right under Phil's.
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Despite never making a hole-in-one in my life,
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I had such delusions of grandeur.
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I was also a bit nervous
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considering I had the most well-known voice
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of American sports watching as I took a few hacks.
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But I was also less nervous
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knowing the golf balls were foam.
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So, I at least wouldn't break a window of his house.
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Anyway, here's my final attempt.
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Welcome, our viewers around the world
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to our final round coverage.
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Alex Myers from Golf Digest
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to maybe
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[golf club hitting ball]
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golf immortality.
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This was earlier at the seventh
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and it got knocked down by the wind.
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Ohhhh
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And there it spins back.
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But he has so far hit every green
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for the last two days here at the Masters,
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and he leads by one.
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[laughing]
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If things continue this way,
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he may tell Jerry Tarde that he's switching jobs.
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[laughing]
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Hey, at least I made a respectable run at it.
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And a few days later, it was Ian Poulter who made an ace
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to put his name below Phil's.
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By the way, you like my threads?
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They're from the Jim Nantz by vineyard vines Collection.
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Pretty sharp, huh?
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Hey, a little product placement
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is the least I could do for Jim
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after giving me the golf highlight of my life.
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And who knows?
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Maybe the next time I'm in Pebble,
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Jim will let me stop by again.
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I'd love another crack
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at getting my name on the Rock of Fame.
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And I'd love to see what the place looks like
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under the lights.
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Just sayin'.
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[upbeat music]
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