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Ace at his own place

Bill Peters has been playing golf for over 60 years now. He helped design and construct most of Pezhekee National Golf Course in Glenwood beginning in the early 1960s. Yet despite spending the majority of his life around golf, the 74-year-old had...

Bill Peters
Bill Peters, 74, of Glenwood notched the first hole-in-one of his golfing career last Friday. <b>(Submitted photo)</b>

Bill Peters has been playing golf for over 60 years now. He helped design and construct most of Pezhekee National Golf Course in Glenwood beginning in the early 1960s. Yet despite spending the majority of his life around golf, the 74-year-old had never had a hole-in-one until last Friday.

"People think I play all the time since I own the golf course," laughed Peters. "But this was only the second time I've been out this summer."

Peters and his wife, Mary, own and operate Peters Sunset Beach Resort on Lake Minnewaska where the 18-hole Pezhekee course also runs.

"There's too much to do with the resort and golf course to have much time to play golf," Peters said. "I actually golf more when I'm on vacation."

The only reason Peters was playing on July 3 was his sister, Ruth Kelly, and brother-in-law Jerry Kelly, of Hastings were visiting and urged him to play a round of golf with them.

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Using a 28-degree hybrid club, Bill teed off on the 165-yard, No. 12 hole and hit a good shot. Because a bunker in front of the green obscured his vision to the pin, Peters only saw the ball bounce toward the flag.

"That might be in the hole," his sister remarked at the time.

"There is water on the left from tee to green," Peters explained. "And the green slopes down toward the water. When we got to the hole, there was no ball in sight so I figured in was in the longer grass by the water. Jerry took a look in the hole and said 'Guess what?' After all these years of playing golf, I have to admit it was pretty exciting."

Peters has come close to notching a hole-in-one before, but never on No. 12.

Peters' grandfather, Henry Pierce Peters, helped establish the Minnewaska Golf Course in the 1920s and was its first president. He also was the originator or Peters' Resort. Bill's father, Henry Pierce Peters Jr., ran the resort for a number of years before passing away in 1975. Bill and Mary have run the operation the past 34 years.

Because Bill preferred golf over fishing, he decided to build a second golf course in Glenwood in the early 1960s. It originally was a nine-hole course until expanding to 18 holes in 1993 with the help of his sons, David and Jim. Further renovations were completed in 2006 with grandsons Evan and Pierce assisting.

"The renovations were moving some of the holes so it was more convenient for the resorters," he said

The No. 12 hole that Peters aced was part of the renovation project. 

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"It's not a simple resort course," insists Bill. "From the blues (tee box), it goes about 7,000 yards. I think this course and the Minnewaska Golf Course complement each other quite nicely."

Bill has always been an avid golfer. He was third in the state his junior year in high school in 1952 when his Glenwood team qualified for state. It was a one-class tournament at the time.

"I had a chance to win," he laughed. "But I hit a ball out of bounds on 17."

This time he got it right. Fifty-seven years later. 

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