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Breezy Point

Local Golf
August 22, 2017

Henrik Stenson
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Henrik Stenson
By R.J. Smiley

The recent Bud Lite Ad brought this old golf story to mind. Members of the golf team at a small Wisconsin state college had a special game they played on slow days when they had the course pretty much to themselves.

The par-5 7th hole at an unnamed golf course in central Wisconsin played along the interstate. With the interstate running down the right side where out of bounds lurked the entire length of the hole, and two small water hazards that guarded the green, the seventh was the kind of hole that a golfer, even a good golfer could score a big number. A snowman was common and double-digit scores were occasionally posted.

Like most small college campuses, athletes on the various sports teams were popular. Members of the college golf team were no exceptions, they were well known around campus. Golfers who had played golf on high school teams, but were not good enough to make the college team, always wanted to play a round with members of the varsity golf team.

The game of strip golf began when the top four players on this small college team were playing a fun round on a cool windy day in early spring. Standing on the 7th tee, one member of the foursome said with a shutter, "Damn it is really chilly out here today."

His buddy replied, "So, let's play this hole and see who can stay the warmest. Every time we hit a shot on this hole, we will remove a piece of clothing until we hole the putt. No gives! You know, hit a shot - take your cap off. Hit another shot - take your jacket off, then your shirt, right shoe, left shoe, etc."

Members of the foursome howled with laughter when the team's #1 player holed the final putt wearing only his boxer shorts and golf glove. The team decided, rather than spread the word about this particular wager on the difficult 7th, the team members kept it quiet and attempted to rope in the wannabe's who would do almost anything to play with golf team members.

Comments among team members on days when Nick-the-new-guy was going to join team members for a friendly round, "Remember to wear your belt and a sweater vest today. We have a new guy joining us."

When the foursome, including the newbie, approached the 7th tee, the team members informed the newbie of the game that was always played on the tough 7th. When a newbie, not wearing a golf cap, let one slide OB right, he would be hitting his third shot from the tee, shirtless wearing only one shoe. The pale-faced newbie would quickly do the mental mathematics and determine that he must make bogie or better with his second tee ball. Any score higher than 8 would mean holing his final putt or putts - Buck Naked! Of course the golf team members, who were overdressed, would play the hole in a conservative manor to avoid the embarrassment of shaking over a two-footer wearing only his skivvies.

Over the years the embarrassed newbies, who had been hazed by members of the varsity golf team like pledges in a fraternity, would attempt to convince their golf buddies to push for a really fun round with members of the varsity golf team. The veteran group of golfers, who knew the secret, and the golf professional, who would turn a blind eye, smiled as they saw a rookie, new to Strip Golf, approach the first tee with the varsity team.

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