FRANKLIN (Somerset) – The odds of an amateur golfer hitting a hole-in-one are 12,500 to 1.

The odds of three generations – grandfather, father and grandson – of amateur golfers scoring an ace on the same golf course are much, much higher, almost incalculable.

But that’s what happened at the Somerset County Park Commission’s Spooky Brook Golf Course in Colonial Park.

It took the McGuire family 45 years to accomplish this rare feat.

Charlie McGuire was the first with an ace on Spooky Brook’s par-3 third hole in 1976.

Chuck McGuire (center with flag) received a personalized framed tee from Ken Fivek, director of golf operations for the Somerset County Park Commission;  Geoff Soriano, secretary-director;  DJ Hunsinger, chairman of the park commission;  Spooky Brook Golf Director Gary Wendorf to commemorate three generations of McGuire who have put holes in one on the Spooky Brook golf course for 45 years.

His grandson Chuck was next on the same hole in 2003.

Charlie’s son and Chuck’s father, also named Chuck, completed golf’s rare hat-trick with a hole-in-one on Spooky Brook’s par-3 11th hole on March 20, 2021.

To mark the first anniversary, the Somerset County Park Commission presented a framed pin flag to the middle Chuck.

“We are very proud to honor the McGuire family for this amazing achievement,” said Geoff Soriano, executive director of the Somerset County Park Commission. “For any golfer, hole-in-one is really hard, and having a father, son and grandson to do it is amazing. But the fact that they did it on the same course over a span of 45 years is nothing short of mind-blowing.

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The elder McGuire, who died in 1996, was an accomplished football and baseball player as a youth and later served in the US Navy as a radar operator.

After service, he was a competitive softball player but underwent stomach surgery in his early 40s that ended his softball days. But he took up golf and played it with the zeal and skill he had shown in other sports.

Chuck, Charlie’s son, said as a teenager he believed golf was an “old man’s game” and came to golf later in life to spend time with his father.

They played Quail Brook, another Somerset County Park Commission course, and Spooky Brook the most. Over time, Chuck discovered that he not only enjoyed spending time with his father, but loved the sport himself and continues to be an avid gamer to this day.

Eventually, they invited the younger Chuck to play with them, a trio across the generations.

“When I saw the ball fall into the hole, I immediately thought of my father and my son and all the times we played on the Somerset county courses to spend time together,” said Charlie’s son, Chuck, who lives in South Bound Brook. . “They’re both better golfers than me, so I guess it makes sense that I was the last one to hit the hole-in-one. I just wish I could have had it on the same hole!

Grandson Chuck grew up in South Bound Brook and was an outstanding golfer at Immaculata High School where he and the Spartan Golf Team won a number of titles and championships.

He then attended Rutgers where he continued to play golf while studying communications and political science. After graduating, Chuck became a regional manager for a major electronics chain, but he missed out on his first love: golf.

At the age of 27, Chuck quit his job and enrolled at the Myrtle Beach Golf Academy. He then became Territory Manager for Bridgestone Golf.

Chuck recently became a father with the birth of his first child, Nora.

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Mike Deak is a reporter for mycentraljersey.com. To get unlimited access to her articles on Somerset and Hunterdon counties, please subscribe or activate your digital account.