Chris Rodell may not be the best golf writer, the most productive or the best informed, but he is the only golf writer who lives on Arnold Palmer Drive one half mile from Latrobe Country Club and The King himself. He doesn't know Palmer, but their dogs were friends. He is the author of "Hole in One! The Complete Book of Fact, Legend and Lore on Golf's Luckiest Shot" (Andrews McMeel, $9.95). His feature work appears in Golf, Esquire, Maxim, T&L Golf, Washington Golf Monthly and more than two dozen top newspapers around the world. His website, www.chrisrodell.com, features more than 30 stories.
It's rare that a golf hole transcends its utilitarian origins and becomes an honest-to-goodness tourist attraction, a place where even non-golfers will trek to marvel at its beauty. In fact, if the ones on Monterrey Peninsula ever slide into the Pacific Ocean, you'd be hard pressed to name three others.
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