Have you ever wondered the odds of getting a hole-in-one? Last week, after one of our servers at Cedar Green hit a hole-in-one on hole number 3, I started to think about what the odds actually are. How often do they happen? Do all good golfers have one or two under their belt?
A hole-in-one, also known as an ace, is an incredibly rare feat that most golfers will never accomplish. Although it’s not completely impossible, the odds of a hole-in-one are incredibly slim. Statistics say that the odds of getting a hole-in-one for an amateur golfer are 12,500 to 1.
Here are some interesting hole-in-one statistics:
- 1-2% of golfers make a hole-in-one each year
- 40% of hole-in-ones are made with a 7, 8, or 9 iron
- 14% of golfers who hit a hole-in-one are female
- 24 is the average years of experience before a golfer will get a hole-in-one
- 60% of the golfers who hit a hole-in-one are 50 or older
- There are an estimated 150,000 hole-in-ones per year from an estimated 490 million rounds of golf played each year
- Odds of a tour professional getting a hole-in-one are 2,500 to 1
- Odds of two amateurs in a foursome getting a hole in one on the same hole are 26 million to 1
- The odds of a foursome making 2 hole-in-ones in a round of golf are 1.3 million to 1
- Of golfers who make a hole-in-one 14% sink it a second time, 9% make 3 or more
- The most hole in ones recorded by a golfer in a lifetime is 26
The golfing etiquette says that for the hole-in-one to count it has to be witnessed by another golfer, the golfer must play at least 9 holes, and the loose rule says they have to treat their foursome to a round of beers after the round.
We have some superstars on our GolfSudbury staff who have hole-in-ones:
- Kelsey Lekun at Cedar Green’s on #3
- Ryan Kinna at Timberwolf on #6
- Mike Yawney at Pine Grove on #8
- Sam Yawney has 3 hole-in-ones at the Brantfort Golf & Country Club, at Timberwolf on #4, and at Cedar Green on #16
- George Lacko at Pine Grove on #11
- Morgan Piccinetti has 4 hole-in-ones at Pine Grove on hole #7, #9, #14, and #15
- Paul Lacourciere has 3 hole-in-ones at the Idylwylde and Cedar Green on #5 and #17
- Tom Clark in Boyne Highlands on a 212-yard par 3
If you hit a hole-in-one on our course be sure to let us know!