Hole-in-one stories

My First Hole in One

I was on Spring break down in Florida and I went golfing at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie. I played the Ryder course and on the 7th hole i was deciding between my 5 iron and 4 iron, I ended up going with my 4 iron and as soon as I hit it I knew that it was going to be close. I was thinking to myself that I set myself up for a birdie putt. But once it hit the green I knew it was in. When it fell in the hole I couldn't believe I just hit a hole in one.

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Joe Martinez Hole in one

I was having a terrible day, having just double-bogeyed the last 3 holes in a row. I hit a 5 iron and it felt really solid but I didn't see the ball land. we got to the green and could not find the ball. My ball had a Washington Huskies logo on it. We looked and looked and I finally walked up to the hole and all I could see was the Big purple W looking up at me. I went on to shoot a 37 on the back nine after shooting a 46 on the front. Made my day, but cost me $65 for drinks.

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I took my 6 iron out, and in a joking fashion told my pal" Hey I will hole this one!" When I struck the ball I knew I hit it well. Then I thought I hit it with too much force because I thought it was over the green. When we went to look for the ball we looked everywhere, then my buddy says " You wont believe this but you holed it!" To my amazement my DT Solo was in the cup.

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I started playing golf as a 24 year old in 1994. The first course that I played was rattle run in suburban Detroit, MI. With my job in the auto industry being very busy and the weather in Detroit area limiting golf to perhaps 5-6 months a year, I played as much as I could and over the years I had a handicap as low as 15 and as high as 22. Since then I have traveled a lot, played a lot of courses. Now I live in Hyderabad, India and play the excellent Hyderabad Golf Association (HGA) course at-least onece a week with a handicap of 18. Today, April 15th, 2014, I stepped up to the third tee which is a short 92 yarder and used my pitching wedge with my favorite "par 3" ball - the titleist prov1x - because of its ecellent control on fast greens - and lo and behold I landed right next to the pin and backspun into the hole! My first hole in one in 2 decades of playing. Wow!

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The Unicorn of Amateur Golf

Now I've witnessed a hole-n-one and played behind and in front of a group when someone got a hole-n-one. But never the "Unicorn of Golf (UOG)"; The Double Eagle.

While playing with a friend at Rancho Solano Golf Course in Fairfield CA I found the Unicorn of Golf (UOG)...The Double Eagle!

Yours truly scored a Double Eagle at Rancho Solano in Fairfield CA. It was #7 Par 5 (466). I hit Driver (913D2 – 4 Iron (193 yards) and yes I used a Titleist ProV ball. And yes I have witnesses. One of my golf buddy's Warren was there. 

I excitedly proceeded to the club house after the round and asked how do they acknowledge that accomplishment? To my shock they said they don’t. While they do for an Ace they don’t for a feat that’s even rarer! Wow! No flag, no write-up and no recognition.

Since the odds of a Double Eagle are closer to winning a lottery I wanted to tell my story. Don't leave me hanging...

Orlando Harris

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