Every time Jason Greatorex thinks about the length of the par-5 eighth hole on the Great White nine at Tiburon Golf Club, he can’t believe he got a double eagle.
It’s a whopping 515 yards. Greatorex landed within 181 with his driver, then knocked the ball into the hole with a 6-iron.
“It’s really cool to make a 2 on a par 5,” Greatorex said. “You have to hit two pretty good shots.”
Greatorex is the clubhouse manager and manager of special events at Tiburon. Although he loves to golf and has been playing for 20 years, his busy work schedule in the summer doesn’t allow him to get out as often as he’d like.
He had some spare time last week so he hit the course with buddy David James and Matt Wollum, the new director of golf at Tiburon.
His second shot on No. 8 landed in front of the green and kept rolling. Greatorex didn’t see the ball fall into the hole — it actually just disappeared from view.
He and James drove their cart within about 50 yards of the hole, then Greatorex sprinted for the green to see if the ball indeed had dropped in.
“It was pretty exciting,” he said. “We were high-fiving and going crazy.”
Greatorex stayed in Omaha after being stationed at Offutt Air Force Base while in the Air Force. He has been working at Tiburon for about 18 months. He grew up in Maine, where he started golfing at 13. He has a 5 handicap and says he’s a pretty good golfer.
This was his first double eagle and he said it was even more special because many Tiburon golfers say No. 8 has the most difficult green on the course.
“You hardly ever hear of anyone getting a 2 on a par 5,” he said. “We have hundreds of people play here every day, and I’ve heard of one other one since I’ve been here.”
He plans to do something special with the ball, mounting it on an engraved plaque.
Greatorex said he has loved the game since the first time he played, and this just adds to its attraction.
“It’s so much fun when things like that happen,” he said. “I love being outside and love being with my buddies.”