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The Almost Hole In One Thread


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#1 youngstructural

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:11 PM

So, I was playing last Sunday with my buddies at a local course, (Gateway golf club) here in SE Michigan... The weather was rainy and muggy.

We get to number 11 and it's a par 3 over water.  I zap the pin with the Bushnell and it's 176.  I pull 7 iron and stuff it.  Now, typically when I've got close to a hole in one it was maybe a foot, or below the hole or something that was close but not heart breakingly close...

Well this shot I hit a nice draw, the pin was in the front part of the green and I landed it on the right , nearly pin high ... And it released at the hole, and from the surrounding dew marks by other balls you can tell it was tracking ...

Unfortunately I came up about one revolution short.  I would have rather missed by three feet

#sigh

One day I'll get the real thing but until then this pic is all I got.

(The ball is pin high, I took the pic as I approached from the left).

Who else has been close?

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#2 MtlJeff

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:24 PM

Closest i ever came to a hole in one was the 17th hole of an interclub with the match all square, i was in the final group, the last two players on the course and our teams tied for first. Hit the ball off the flag and had it stick an inch from the hole.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:27 PM

6" was my closest many years ago.....the wife starts golfing, worm burns one and bounces it off a rock and gets a hole in 1.....true story.  still tying to get one

last year i witnessed a drunk guy get one....he had no idea if it was good or not.....it hurt being a witness for his card

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 06:40 PM

About 2"
Playing by myself so would it have really counted?
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 10:04 PM

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 12:17 AM

I was standing on the tee box waiting for the sprinklers to quit so i could hit.
As i was waiting two guys pulled up in a cart, minute later i hit a 145 8 iron, didnʻt watch, knew it was close.
The two guy's yell out " damn, itʻs in the hole !! ", we get up there and my ball is plugged in the top back of the hole just above the cup liner. I said " well shoot, canʻt count it as itʻs not exactly in the hole."
Next day iʻm checking in and the club pro say's " two guyʻs were in here last night saying they witnessed their first hole in one, i had to change the cup on #11, you wouldnʻt know anything about that would you ? " ..... busted.




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Posted 15 June 2018 - 02:14 AM

When I think of some of my relatives that have multiples, and then look at their skill level it makes me upset that I still don't have one. I've holed out from 155 once but never a par 3. I was 2" away a couple times but no dice..... Saw my dad get his first at age 72, so there's still hope yet!!!!

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 06:09 AM

A.K.A.

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The One without the Story Thread

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 02:32 PM

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 03:18 PM

I've hit from 2"-6" 5 or 6 times... the last time I was by myself and as the ball was in the air I said "Don't you dare" and it sat at 2".. probably should have kept my mouth shut

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 04:17 AM

The closest I have ever come is what I call my hole in 1.5.
I was on a 150ish par 3 and I put a horrible swing on the ball and hit the ground about 6" behind the ball and the divot managed to knock the ball out of the way so that the ball wound up about 2' from the tee, still on the tee box.  
My next shot, from 2' away from my first shot landed right in front of the pin and hopped right into the cup.  

So I holed out from the tee box, just not on my first swing.

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 07:48 AM

Oyster Bay in Myrtle, paired with. Couple of locals. Fore some ahead wave us up (buddies) and proceed to huddle around the pin. Local guy tells me to put one in their pocket. Needles to say it was enjoyable to watch them scatter, stopped 6in short.

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 07:55 AM

6 inches just last year.

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 07:59 AM

Mine was a 4 iron from about 200.  The pitch mark was in front of the hole, perhaps a foot or two.  The ball was directly in line with the pitch mark and the hole, but 3" or so behind the hole.  

How that ball didn't go in, hit the hole, or at the very minimum hit the flag stick, I'll never understand.

But, I'll get over it the exact microsecond that my actual first hole in one disappears from my view!

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 10:52 AM

Last weekend I was 24 centimetres or 9.5 inches away. About six months ago I was about one metre away from an albatross which would have been more memorable for me but that's me being greedy... �

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 11:20 AM

Interestingly, I never consider a close shot like that on a par three a missed hole in one. I'm happier about it being a kick-in birdie. :)
I'm not suggesting we kill all the stupid people, I'm just suggesting we remove all the warning labels and let the situation resolve itself.

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 02:46 PM

I’ve had 4 almost hole in ones, all 2”-12”.  First time ever on a course 6 years ago short Par 3 (95 yds) I skull one and it proceeds to run over a hill on right side of green and up to the pin stopping 2” behind it. Another time same hole hit shot that was tracking and landed 5 feet behind flag and proceeded to suck back as if going in the hole only to turn in last 6” and stop 2” below the hole.  The one I thought I had for sure an uphill par 3 that you can’t see the actual ground of the green but can see the flag, I hit another shot that’s tracking dead on the flag and the 3 guys I was playing with are all screaming knowing it’s going in, we get up there and the ball Mark was 2 ft in front of the pin and ball was sitting a ball length short of the cup :(
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Posted 19 June 2018 - 05:47 AM

I've almost had a few hole in ones on par 4's if those count...and too many close calls on par 3's

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 06:49 AM

All the close calls count.  


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Posted 21 June 2018 - 10:41 AM

Had a couple close. On one, it hit a foot or so in front of the cup, bounced up and hit the flag and came to rest about 2" in front of the cup. Another was on a long par 3 and it hit in front of the green and rolled just a little too fast and did a 180° around the cup and came out a couple inches in front.

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Posted 21 June 2018 - 10:48 AM

Not quite a hole in one but here's my buddy's second shot into our par 5 4th hole. Would have been a double eagle. It literally could not have been closer to the hole...the slightest nudge would have dropped it!

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Posted 21 June 2018 - 11:02 AM

Tee shot from 189 with a five iron, ball landed about 4ft in front directly in line with the cup and somehow rolled to about 6 inches behind, looked like it went in because it was hidden by the pin and blended in with the cup with the back to front slope

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 10:03 PM

A few years ago I was playing with a new set of irons and left one overhanging the hole the first time I ever hit that club.
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Posted 23 June 2018 - 10:56 PM

This one doesn't count as almost since it went IN last Friday! Sucked back from the ball mark, good fun! Sorry I have no idea why my iPhone photos format incorrectly. Oh well you get the point. BB

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Posted 24 June 2018 - 10:06 AM

I have never had one and not often all that close.  Last week though, I landed one probably 10 inches in front of the hole.  Then it disappeared before emerging again on the back side of the cup settling 6 inches behind the hole.  I guess the classic lip out.  Oh well, maybe someday?

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Posted 24 June 2018 - 05:57 PM

Hit the flag on a short par 3, bummer.
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Posted 26 June 2018 - 04:01 PM

1. Playing at Southerness in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. 25-30 mph winds and persistent rain. Tee shot at the short par 3 finished plugged and deforming the cup. about half an inch short!

2. High Post 8th hole, another short par 3. Wedge pitches 12 inches in front, drops into the hole and screws back out!

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Posted 28 June 2018 - 11:30 PM

View Postyoungstructural, on 13 June 2018 - 07:11 PM, said:

So, I was playing last Sunday with my buddies at a local course, (Gateway golf club) here in SE Michigan... The weather was rainy and muggy.

We get to number 11 and it's a par 3 over water.  I zap the pin with the Bushnell and it's 176.  I pull 7 iron and stuff it.  Now, typically when I've got close to a hole in one it was maybe a foot, or below the hole or something that was close but not heart breakingly close...

Well this shot I hit a nice draw, the pin was in the front part of the green and I landed it on the right , nearly pin high ... And it released at the hole, and from the surrounding dew marks by other balls you can tell it was tracking ...

Unfortunately I came up about one revolution short.  I would have rather missed by three feet

#sigh

One day I'll get the real thing but until then this pic is all I got.

(The ball is pin high, I took the pic as I approached from the left).

Who else has been close?

I once got help from an overhanging tree on the left side of the green that threw my ball about six inches from the cup. Needless to say the shot can never be duplicated...the tree has since been cut down.

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Posted 29 June 2018 - 05:51 AM

Flew one in the cup and it bounced out to the right about 12 feet away.  Guys I was playing went nuts saying it was a hio.   I said no.  They asked what I would call it to which I replied "a putt for birdie".   I missed the putt.

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Posted 30 June 2018 - 09:29 PM

Early on when I first started playing I was on a 130 par 3 that was surrounded by trees so I hit a punch 5 iron (obviously way too much club).  It took one hop and hit the base of the flag and shot off the green.  Two other times at different courses I have hit my first shot on a par 3 out of bounds or in the water and hit the second shot from the tee less than 5 inches to the hole.  I did get to see one of my golf buddies make his only hole in one ever, but that is as close as I have got.


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