Posted by MichaelFR on March 24, 2004
In Reply to: A golf joke posted by Miri Barak on March 24, 2004
: yes now it's golf.
: context: a guy tries to rob a golf pro-shop and while trying to get out he triggers the alarm.
: At the end the narrator says:
: "While it would be nice to think that this guy was carted off to jail for a new hole-in-one, he got away scot-free."
: I understand the general meaning that instead of police taking him to jail, he is scot-free.
: But I don't understand the part of "for a new hole-in one,".
: I know this is a golf term for getting the ball into the hole in one stroke, is it a positive thing? I guess yes, but how does it connect here?
: what's the point?
: Can anyone explain the joke to me? well, not exactly a joke, but trying to be funny.
: Thanks a lot
In America, "hole" is meant for a individual confinement cell in a jail. An inmate trouble maker can be warned by detention officers to be "taken to the hole", where he will be isolated and deprived of some "privilèges". But "take to the hole" is also widely used for "take to jail".