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Desert Mountain duo rolls pair of aces

Back-To-Back Aces for Desert Mountain Club Members – Again!

For the Second Time in Less than Three Years, With Odds of More Than 17 Million to 1

Scottsdale, Ariz. (Feb. 1, 2019) - Imagine the roar if two players made back-to-back aces on the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale during the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Well, the cheers were not that loud, but it was just as thrilling Tuesday, January 29, for Desert Mountain Club members Kathy Henderson and Claudia Pilot, who sank back-to-back holes-in-one at the par-3 third hole on the private club’s Apache Course.

Kathy Henderson (front left) and Claudia Pilot (front right) celebrate their unique aces with playing partners “lucky charm” Anita Wallace and Gina Woodruff.


Kathy Henderson (front left) and Claudia Pilot (front right) celebrate their unique aces with playing partners “lucky charm” Anita Wallace and Gina Woodruff.

Amazingly, this is the second time members have recorded back-to-back aces at Desert Mountain Club in less than three years.

According to the National Hole-In-One Registry, the odds are 17 million to one of two players in the same foursome making aces, with the odds of back-to-back aces even higher.

Playing the slightly downhill third hole on Apache from tees placed at 78 yards, Pilot started the fireworks, making her sixth career ace, using a 54-degree wedge. Henderson followed that with her third career ace, using a gap wedge.

This was not the first time two golfers pulled off the unique feat at Desert Mountain, which on June 8, 2016 saw club members Diane Thomas and Shaye Chandler both making aces in the same group on the 90-yard, par-3 eighth hole of the Chiricahua Course – a slightly uphill shot to a blind green.

And there seems to have been a “lucky charm” in the two groups: Member Anita Wallace has witnessed both events.

Who knows what will happen when these “aces’ start playing Desert Mountain’s new seventh golf course, No. 7 at Desert Mountain™, which debuts in March? The 18-hole, par-54 course is the focal point for the exclusive Seven Desert Mountain™ community, will feature 18, par 3 holes – offering plenty of opportunities for more back-to-back aces.

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About Desert Mountain

Situated at an altitude of 4,500 in the picturesque Sonoran Desert of Scottsdale, Ariz., Desert Mountain is among the finest private golf and recreational communities in the world and is consistently ranked among the top private clubs in the nation. Often referred to as The Best Golf Club in the World, Desert Mountain is recognized as a Distinguished Club from Boardroom Magazine and is among the top 100 Platinum Golf and Country Clubs in the world and the only club in Arizona to be ranked in the top 20. It is the only private community worldwide with six Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses, and a seventh currently being built, with each designed to offer an individual playing experience at all skill levels. Sitting on 8,000 acres, Desert Mountain is also home to a newly remodeled spa, tennis on three surfaces, and nine restaurants, plus 15 miles of private hiking trails, mountain biking, horseback riding and luxury camping. A full suite of recreational, dining and luxury experiences await members and residents in the majestic Desert Mountain community. Looking to join or move up to the mountain? Visit for more information and membership details.

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