On Sunday, October 1, the day after his 72nd birthday, Dennis Marchand awarded himself with his own birthday present: a hole-in-one at The Preserve’s very tough Hole 14. He was with his First Sunday golf group and was playing with Diane, his wife, and Bob and Debbie Ogle, good friends.

It was made particularly difficult by the 17 to 20-mile-per-hour winds that were in the face of everyone playing that day. Instead of the usual 7 iron to the 154-yard Par 3, he decided two more clubs were needed to make it the green. So, with a 5 iron in his hand, he proved his estimation was spot on. After one bounce, the ball cleanly dropped out of sight and into the hole for his sixth hole-in-one.

Dennis’ first ace came 12 years ago, just before leaving California to move to Saddlebrooke. All the other five were here at either the MountainView or Preserve courses. His last ace was at The Preserve 18 months ago, and by the way it was the 14th hole! Congratulations, Dennis—what a way to celebrate your birthday.

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