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According to a study commissioned by Golf Digest in 2000, the odds of making a hole-in-one are 3,000 to 1 for a tour pro, 5,000 to 1 for a low-handicapper and 12,000 to 1 for an average player. The longer the hole, the longer the odds.


Jake Paine was 3 when he aced a 65-yard hole in Lake Forest, Calif., in 2001.


Elsie McLean was 102 when she aced the 100-yard fourth hole at Bidwell Park, in Chico, Calif., in 2007.


Mike Crean aced the 517-yard par-5 ninth hole at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver in 2002. The hole was straight-away, but the golfer gained some advantage by playing at high altitude.

First Recorded Ace

The earliest recorded hole-in-one was in 1868 at the Open Championship when Tom Morris (Young Tom) did the 8th hole 145 yards Prestwick in one stroke. This was the first of four Open Championships won successively by Young Tom.

First With 1.66 inch Ball

The first hole-in-one recorded with the 1.66 inch ball was in 1972 by John G Salvesen, a member of the R&A Championship Committee. At the time this size of ball was only experimental. Salvesen used a 7-iron for his historical feat at the 11th hole on the Old Course, St Andrews.


John Hudson, a 25-year-old professional, achieved a near miracle when he holed two consecutive holes-in-one at the 11th and 12th holes (195 yards and 311 yards respectively) in the 1971 Martini Tournament at Norwich, England.

Two in a Tournament

In the 1973 Open Championship at Troon, two holes-in-one were recorded, both at the "Postage Stamp" hole, the 8th hole, in the first round. They were achieved by Gene Sarazen and amateur David Russell, who were by coincidence respectively the oldest and youngest competitors.

Four professionals. One Round, One Hole

In less than two hours play in the second round of the 1989 US Open at Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York, four competitors - Doug Weaver, Mark Wiebe, Jerry Pate and Nick Price - each holed the 167 yards 6th hole in one. The odds against four professionals achieving such a record in a field of 156 are reckoned at 332,000 to 1.

Most Aces

Norman Manley, an amateur from California, claims to have 59 career aces, while club pro Mancil Davis recorded his 51st in 2007.