Harry Clarke On economics, politics & other things

January 18, 2013

Did the tree fall?

Filed under: golf — hc @ 6:06 pm

On Thursday during the sweltering Melbourne heat I decided, on a whim, to play golf at my local club.  An uneventful round except that on the 9th hole I holed out – a hole-in-one.  It was a 135 metre par 3 and I knocked it in the hole with a 6 iron – the first hole-in-one ever for me.  My first reaction was “wow” – did that really happen?  My second reaction was the really childish one of looking around to see if anyone other than me had observed it happen.  You see I was playing by myself and, because of the hot day, there were few other people on the course and literally no-one was nearby at the time.  Its not quite like the philosophical question of whether the tree fell in the forest when no-one observed it falling.  That’s the philosophical question of whether existence requires observation?  The current situation however was more a question of belief/credibility and my reasonable entitlement to childish bragging rights and some well-deserved acclaim.  So I am doing a bit of bragging here in full recognition of the fact that almost no-one, anyway,  will have the slightest interest in the event.  But if you are in the minority who does feel free to (at least mentally) give me acclaim.

It did make my day and, as I have done it once, maybe I can do it again.


  1. That’s great! (having several golfers in the family, I appreciate it is quite something!)

    Comment by davidp — January 19, 2013 @ 11:48 pm

  2. Well done Harry. I believe ya. You can buy the drinks next time we meet. Bill

    Comment by wjr — January 21, 2013 @ 11:15 am

  3. I believe you mate! Never got within a metre myself. Well done!

    Comment by Liam Lenten — January 23, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

  4. Uninterested in golf, but tickled by your problem.

    So a hole in one is some kind of triumph of frequency over probability?

    Comment by Alphonse — January 24, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

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