What began as an idea for lovable character for a television golf show has evolved into a fun and demanding challenge for golfs most talented players.
Smiley The Ball was born on September 14, 2011 in Concord, CA. An ordinary hacksaw produced an extraordinary smile and a black sharpie pen provided the eyes that have gazed down a thousand fairways. It was never the intention to actually have Smiley played on a golf course. The first 2 years of Smiley’s life were spent being filmed with celebrities and raising awareness for various charitable causes. The high point (pun intended) came when Smiley was part of an expedition to the 19,341 ft. Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. The expedition was led by Dan Nash from Satori Adventures and Expeditions www.satoriexpeditions.com and it helped raise awareness for lung cancer.
After finishing a photo shoot at Silverado Resort in Napa, CA and just out of pure curiosity, Smiley was placed on a tee on Hole #1 on the North Course and the inaugural Smiley tee shot was hit. Smiley flew 50-yards shorter than a regular ball but went straight down the middle. Ok, that was cool now let’s see what happens with an iron shot. The approach shot from 155 yards was struck perfectly with a six-iron and two incredible things happened 1) Smiley flew straight as an arrow and 2) Smiley made a sound similar to that of a dragonfly. Putting proved to be different story as a 40-foot birdie putt with a 6-inch break to the left went about 48-feet and actually broke 15-feet TO THE RIGHT.
Thus began the quest to see how low of a score could be shot with Smiley. After 1 ½ years and thousands of shots played, the 5th Generation Smiley Game Ball was developed. Smiley is the only golf ball of its kind in the world. A patent pending 14-step cutting/production process is used to create the most demanding golf ball on the market. Smiley The Ball will be made available for sale to elite level golfers that have a USGA handicap index of 3.8 to 7.4 or lower on a limited basis. To pre-order Smiley golf balls email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On February 5, 2015 Northern California PGA Professional Jason Schmuhl became the first golfer in history to break par playing with Smiley The Ball. Playing the 6,143 yard Par-72 Windsor Golf Course under overcast skies and a light but steady wind, Schmuhl recorded 14 pars, 3 birdies and 1 bogey for a 2-under par score of 70. In addition to breaking the 18-hole Smiley Golf Scoring Record, Schmuhl also set the 9-hole scoring record (2-under par), the 9-hole record for fewest putts (11), and the 9-hole record for birdies (3). Schmuhl also tied the 18-hole record for birdies (3).
Only one Amateur, one Sr. Amateur (50+ years old), one Woman and one Professional golfer at each course will be able to purchase Smiley. This will guarantee that each of those players will set the Smiley Golf Course Record in their division. There will be rules and guidelines that must be followed for the round to be considered an “Official Record Score” including the rule that there must be at least 2 witnesses to the round. For a list of complete Rules and Guidelines visit the rules page at www.smileygolf.net/rules.
Each player that shoots a Smiley Golf Course score will receive acknowledgement and have their picture, record score and statistics from that round posted on www.smileygolf.net. They will also receive a personalized press release that will contain the highlights of their round and that press release will be posted on various social media sites including the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/smileytheball. Smiley Golf Scoring Records will be established in 4 separate divisions at each golf course, Amateur, Sr. Amateur, Woman and Professional. There will also be a “Tournament Record Score” that can be set at each course played under tournament conditions based on specific event criteria.
Golfers will play from the white tees or whichever set of tees that sets the course up to approximately 6,000 yards. Due to the fact that Smiley flies 20% shorter off the tee than a standard ball and about a one-half to one-full club shorter with irons, a 6,000 yard course actually plays to about 6,900 yards.