Odds of a Hole-in-One

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

Easy right?

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!


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