Have You Ever Aced A Hole?

Hole In One! Image from Dogschasingcars.comEvery golfer wants to hit a hole in one, but only a small percentage of us ever get the privilege of buying a round for the rest of the clubhouse. Are you one of the lucky few to have carded a 1? Or even seen anyone do it? Share your story in the comments below!

If you’ve ever wondered just how hard it is to accomplish, HoleInOneKing.com compiled these odds of hitting a hole in one, originally published by Golf Digest in 2005:

  • TOUR PLAYER MAKING AN ACE: 1 in 3,000
  • AVERAGE PLAYER MAKING AN ACE: 1 in 12,000
  • LOW HANDICAPPER MAKING AN ACE: 1 in 5,000
  • AVERAGE PLAYER ACING A 200 YARD HOLE: 1 in 150,000
  • TWO PLAYERS FROM THE SAME FOURSOME ACING THE SAME HOLE: 1 in 17,000,000
  • ONE PLAYER MAKING TWO HOLES IN ONE IN ONE ROUND: 1 in 67,000,000 – think that’s impossible? Tell that to the son of Mississippi’s governor, who did just that!

So the odds of two players acing the same hole back to back is 1 in 17 million, but that’s just what a couple rural Kansas gent’s did last week, and what these blokes did last year!


Even more interesting to this Caveman are these numbers that paint a picture of the “average” acer:

  • Average age of a Hole In One golfer: 44.7037 yrs.
  • Average handicap of Hole In One golfer: 13.7429
  • Number of years playing golf: 17.1160 yrs.
  • Percent of Aces by: Male 84%    Female 16%
  • Day of week most Holes In One occur: Friday
  • Day of week least Holes In One occur: Sunday
  • Average par for the aced hole: Par 3.02
  • Average yardage of aced hole: 150.54 yds.
  • Club most often used in making an ace: 7 Iron

States reporting the most hole in ones:

  1. California with 2060 aces.
  2. Florida with 1762 aces.
  3. Michigan with 1083 aces.
  4. Illinois with 908 aces.
  5. Texas with 890 aces.

Countries with most aces recorded:

  1. USA with 20243 aces.
  2. Canada with 1092 aces.
  3. United Kingdom with 455 aces.
  4. Australia with 194 aces.
  5. Ireland with 90 aces.

Golf balls most often used:

  1. Titleist with 3945 aces.
  2. Callaway with 1009 aces.
  3. Nike with 980 aces.
  4. Top Flite with 874 aces.
  5. Maxfli with 591 aces.

So now you know to tee up a Titleist golf ball on every par 3, 150-yard hole you come across… but only if you’ve got some witnesses!

-Scratch

Sources: Averages are from HoleInOne.com, and that great hole-in-one image is from DogsChasingCars.com. Thanks!

 
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7 thoughts on “Have You Ever Aced A Hole?

  • July 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm
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    I’ve done it twice, but I was playing alone both times. I “woo-hooed” a bit, but felt stupid.

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  • July 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm
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    October 6, 2009, (but who remembers) at Meadowcreek Golf Course in Charlottesville, VA. 18th hole. 135 yards with an 8 iron.

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  • July 1, 2011 at 10:17 pm
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    I have had five (5). Of course I am 81 years young and have been playing golf for 70 years. My last one was in 1995 AND in all likelihood was my last. But I have had witnesses each time and once had 5, the course Marshall was watching up at the green It was a 176 yard hole over water with a 3 iron. Wish every Golfer could have the thrill.

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  • July 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm
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    I have had 5 (five) holes in one. I’m 81 years old and have been playing about 70 years. My last was in 1995 at Prairie Lakes in Grand Prairie, Texas. It was likely my last. I have had witnesses each time and once had 5. The Course Marshall was up at the green watching. The hole was 176 yards and I used a 3 iron.

    ***Response from Scratch***

    That’s incredible, but I think you have one more in you!

    ~Scratch

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  • July 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm
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    Rock,
    Last year I had my 2nd hole n’ one, 36 years apart.
    The first one (wilson ball) was in Houston TX, Tejas golf club, 1974.
    Then last year 2010 at the age of 71, I had my second (Titelist ball) at
    Leisure World, Coyote Run, Mesa AZ

    I still cannot shoot my age!
    Maybe if I live long enough.

    Bill

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  • February 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm
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    July 24th 2008, I was playing at Marsh Ridge in Northern Mich. On the 10th hole I aced it and then on the 17th hole I aced it!!! 2 holes in one on the same round, It was a grand day,as I seldom break 90.

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  • March 12, 2014 at 5:54 am
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    on sunday 09th march 2014 using a srixon ball ( found on the previous hole) I managed to ace, for me what is the remarkable thing is I first picked up a club in 1987 and between then and now only averaged two games per year, I hadn’t swung a club or hit a ball for 9 years approx. I moved to spain and the house I live in backs onto the 17th fairway at alcaidesa golf course and I can see the 17th green form the back garden , one evening after a few beers I said to my house mate I would love to see if I can hit a ball, into the house he goes and brings out a club and ball, he said see if you can hit the green…..practise swing and woosh…..6feet from the pin….pure luck I told him, then a couple of weeks later I buy a set of Wilson clubs and I am into playing, it is now 5 months since I started playing and I am loving it, I play off 28 but my golf mates think I am a bit of a bandit….more practise and playing time is required but this will come in time,

    the hole was the par three twelve with 3 playing witnesses and three ladies who had just drove up behind us onto the tee….so 6 witnesses, thanks for reading.

    I am 51 by the way.

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