Journey At Pechanga: A Historic Hole In One Pays Off Big

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Journey at Pechanga golf course in Temecula recently recorded its 100th hole in one and it earned a substantial prize.

Roger Thai, a dentist from Westlake Village, Calif., came to the resort/casino course to play in a tournament raising money for children who have undergone open heart surgery. He scored his ace on No. 8, a 165-yard par 3, and won a 2015 white Cadillac CTS worth $50,000, the hole prize for the tournament.

Using a 7 iron, Thai’s ball soared to the green, rolled a few feet and dropped, overcoming odds of 12,500 to 1, the odds for an amateur making an ace.

“I totally couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve even gotten a hole in one in mini golf.”

Thai will also receive a commemorative plaque, which Journey sends all golfers who make a hole in one at its course. This was the second year the DAVI Foundation has held their annual tournament at Journey at Pechanga. The tournament raises funds so Southern California children who have undergone open heart surgery can attend a bonding and immersive summer camp on Catalina Island.

Journey opened in 2008. To learn more about the course and the casino/resort, go to