I may finally have cracked the mystery. Further tests are underway but maybe
at the ball helps. This happened at Pinehurst No. 8 . .
With a shout of DINGIT DANGIT! a barely audible *ding* could be heard, followed up with a yell of GET IN THE HOLE!! , the damn thing, for once, did exactly what I wanted.
Pinehurst No. 8 Hole 13, 191yd par 3