He also shares his time hiking the mountains of New Hampshire as a member of the Appalachian Mountain 4,000-Foot Club. Dolfe has peaked all 48 of these 4,000-footers, some of them multiple times, even in winter with snow shoes.
If you happen to notice someone snowshoeing at HCC after a storm, it’s probably Dolfe. He says it keeps him in shape for golf. Others feel he’s surveying the links in obscurity.
“I guess there’s a subtle story for each ace I’ve shot,” says Dolfe, who now lives in East Hampstead, N.H. “My first (1989) was the most exciting of all.”
That one came on the 15th hole 211 yards from the tee. He had just birdied the 13th and 14th. Moments later with his foursome pressing him on, his ball landed in the cup with one swipe.
On most occasions, he went looking for the ball on the putting green, only to find it inside the hole. His last ace came just after lightning forced everyone to evacuate the greens. An hour’s rain delay and back came Dolfe to the fourth tee.
His turn and pop! The ball went straight for the cup like some gopher caught it in mid-air and carried it home.
Aces aside, Dolfe is no slouch when it comes to his overall game. He’s fired a 70 round and once scored a 32 on the back 9 at HCC. You’ll find his name on some plaques around the club, especially for sweeping every par-3.
As for shooting his age, that was done three years ago when he fired a 72 in the Senior Club Championships. He did it again at age 73 and once more this year at 75.
A year ago at age 74, he shot five 75s, just missing the mark by a stroke.
“I can’t really explain it,” he says of his aces. “Thousands of golfers with more superior skills than mine have never aced a hole. Wish I could take credit for it but it’s just luck.”