Legal Double Eagle
Josh Kamin’s favorite real estate? 18 holes
Published in 2007 Georgia Rising Stars magazine
on September 18, 2007
Updated on August 3, 2016
On his 13th birthday, Josh Kamin received a set of golf clubs from his grandfather. By age 15 he sported an 8 handicap, and was scratch a year later—a rarefied level he maintains today as a top amateur.
For a time he considered becoming a professional golfer; then he participated in the Pan American Maccabi Games in Venezuela in 1987.
“I played with the national long-driving champion,” says Kamin, 37, a partner with King & Spalding in Atlanta. “Back then, before all the new technology, I could hit it 280 yards with a persimmon driver. But this guy could out-hit me by 80 yards, and even he wasn’t likely to turn pro. I realized even a scratch golfer is a couple of skill levels below a touring pro.”
The highlight of his competitive career, he says, was the 2005 World Maccabiah Games—aka the Jewish Olympics—held every four years in Israel.
“I wouldn’t consider myself a very religious person, but I have a sense of family, community and history,” he says. “It was great to see the unity of the Jewish community around the world as well as its diversity. And to tour a country where the history is thousands of years old was pretty cool.”
While Kamin has never had a hole-in-one, he has recorded something far rarer: a double eagle, on the par 5, 541-yard 18th hole at the Piedmont Driving Club, a treacherous finisher guarded by water.
With 262 yards to go on his second shot, he hit a driver off the deck, then turned to a fellow player and said, “That might be the best shot I ever hit.” Forget “might.” The ball found the cup. His wife, Lindsey, had the scorecard and ball framed in a shadowbox, which hangs on the wall of Kamin’s 31st floor office.
Kamin plays only a couple rounds a month but he has some pithy advice for lawyers who play golf with clients.
“Always let the client win,” he says.