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Does a goofy golf hole in one still count as a hole in one?


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#1 pdhoff

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 10:08 AM

Every golfers worst nightmare. You make your first hole in one and there is something quirky about it that makes you question whether it's real. For most people this probably happens when they make an ace playing alone. For me, it happened in a goofy winter tournament setup......

The annual Turkey Shoot.....a no pressure, mostly drinking event, where the pros get to have some fun in setting up the layout. What this entails is setting up most of the course to play backwards (example, play from 13 tee back to 12 green, or play a par 5 spread across multiple holes). So we get to what is our 16th hole of the day.....makeshift teebox setup behind the 9th green, hitting over a pond to the 18th green....157 yards. I knew I hit a good shot right at the flag but thought it might have been a little long (couldn't see the hole from the tee).....my playing partners looked around and sure enough my ball was in the hole........let the screaming and bourbon shots ensue.

Now i'm faced with the tough question. Was this a real hole in one??? My playing partners definitely say yes, I'm inclined to say yes, but there were a few rumblings in the clubhouse about it not being legit.

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#2 BrianMcG

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 10:12 AM

It makes a great story regardless.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 10:16 AM

Of course it is a hole in one. Congrats!!

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 10:20 AM

I'd be counting it.
http://www.usgolfregister.org/faq
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The USGA® recommends that a hole-in-one be considered valid:
If made at a hole with a temporary tee and/or putting green in use, even if the Committee did not specifically define the teeing ground with tee-markers; the length of the hole at the time should be stated on any certificate.

Edited by rcb1586, 26 November 2018 - 10:22 AM.

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 10:27 AM

Of course it is. Sure its not how your course is normally set up, but it was how the course was set up that day. You aced a 157 yard par three. Would you question it if it happened at a course that wasn't your home course? It just happened on a "different" course. Congrats man!

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 10:29 AM

Heck yeah! That is better than a regular hole in one as you've got to actually tell the whole story and show how the course was set up. This is a great passive brag thread:)

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 10:42 AM

View Postjslane57, on 26 November 2018 - 10:29 AM, said:

Heck yeah! That is better than a regular hole in one as you've got to actually tell the whole story and show how the course was set up. This is a great passive brag thread:)

Haha. You got me on the passive brag.

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I'd be counting it.
http://www.usgolfregister.org/faq
https://www.usga.org...dx=148&Rule=100

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The USGA® recommends that a hole-in-one be considered valid:
If made at a hole with a temporary tee and/or putting green in use, even if the Committee did not specifically define the teeing ground with tee-markers; the length of the hole at the time should be stated on any certificate.

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 10:52 AM

Your buddies only say "yes" because they want a free drink.

I wouldn't count it for myself, only that I would want the round of golf to be a legit round.   Was the round played according to the rules of golf?

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 11:05 AM

View Postlarrybud, on 26 November 2018 - 10:52 AM, said:

Your buddies only say "yes" because they want a free drink.

I wouldn't count it for myself, only that I would want the round of golf to be a legit round.   Was the round played according to the rules of golf?

Shamble format, but yes everything else about it was legit. I think the USGA rule that rcb1586 posted pretty much settles it. Don't get me wrong, I'd still like to card a no questions asked HIO as soon as possible to put any discussion to rest.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 11:28 AM

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 11:31 AM

At 157 yards, its certainly a hole in one.

In High School one of our assistant coaches aced a 165 yard par 3.  The catch was that it was an absolute horrible golf shot that only flew about 90 yards before it bounced and rolled up and into the cup.  Took the wind out of his celebration and he was almost embarrassed to describe it in the team room.  I would much rather have your story than his.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 12:31 PM

Great story and I'm glad you made the shot.

This description says it all - "makeshift tee box setup behind the 9th green, hitting over a pond to the 18th green"


My conclusions:

Anything "makeshift" does not constitute an official golf hole.

You must ask yourself - will another golfer one week from now, one year from now or 10 years from now be able to replicate your shot from the contrived 157 yards from a makeshift tee box ?


The answer to this question and the "main" question, "did you make a hole-in-one" share the same answer.

The answer is, no.

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 12:41 PM

Yeah sounds good cause that was the set up.

At least your first was a pure shot...beating the hole! Mine was a horrible skull shot bouncing off everything like a pin ball before going in so I still haven't hit the perfect shot in my book.... well done!
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 01:39 PM

If Tiger or Phil would have had a hole-in-one during their playoff on the hole from the putting green, would it have counted? Absolutely.

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 02:30 PM

First, congrats!  Any hole played with 1 shot is a hole in 1.  So when they put your name up on the plaque, what will be the hole designation for your ace?


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 02:34 PM

I am honestly surprised so many people are being so negative about it. He hit from where the tee blocks were set up to the designated green and it when in the hole. That is how the hole was supposed to be played that day. It was a par 3. Its not like the tee was 20 yards away from the green. Its not like he said "Hey should I try to hit the 18th green from here?" and it went in. No, that was how the course was set up that day and he aced the hole. I am actually pretty disappointed in the brashness of the nay-sayers.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 02:53 PM

What if you were new player and never had a par before?  If you would have carded a par would you question if your par was legit?  I don't think it matter what you scored, you played from the tees as marked for the day and completed the hole following the rules of golf.  Good Ace to me.

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 02:55 PM

I say YES it is a hole-in-one unless it bounced off the clown's nose. Then no.

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 03:23 PM

View PostLefty96, on 26 November 2018 - 02:34 PM, said:

I am honestly surprised so many people are being so negative about it. He hit from where the tee blocks were set up to the designated green and it when in the hole. That is how the hole was supposed to be played that day. It was a par 3. Its not like the tee was 20 yards away from the green. Its not like he said "Hey should I try to hit the 18th green from here?" and it went in. No, that was how the course was set up that day and he aced the hole. I am actually pretty disappointed in the brashness of the nay-sayers.

I'm not surprised by the negativity in the least. The great thing about this type of hole in one is it helps easily identify the stuffed shirts in the crowd.

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 03:50 PM

View PostLefty96, on 26 November 2018 - 02:34 PM, said:

I am honestly surprised so many people are being so negative about it. He hit from where the tee blocks were set up to the designated green and it when in the hole. That is how the hole was supposed to be played that day. It was a par 3. Its not like the tee was 20 yards away from the green. Its not like he said "Hey should I try to hit the 18th green from here?" and it went in. No, that was how the course was set up that day and he aced the hole. I am actually pretty disappointed in the brashness of the nay-sayers.


"So many people" ????

It was only me and LARRYBUD who didn't acquiesce.


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 03:55 PM

Where is my drink ticket ?  Or, where is the open bar ?

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 04:35 PM

I vote with the hole in one crew. There was a tee box set up 157 yards from a pin, you played hole as it was specifically designated to be played that day, and you played it one shot. That's a hole in one as far as I'm concerned. Although getting one of those plaques you can buy in the pro shop with your name, the date, and a picture of the hole it occurred on might be kind of difficult in this case.

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 04:36 PM

Certainly!  Congratulations!
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 05:30 PM

Absolutely 100% a hole in one.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 05:58 PM

I’m generally a hardas* about stuff like this and whether it counts, but I’d definitely call it legit.  You play the course as you find it.

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 07:54 PM

The course is set up how it's set up....if you hit the ball in the hole in one shot.....it counts
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 08:31 PM

 b.helts, on 26 November 2018 - 10:16 AM, said:

Of course it is a hole in one. Congrats!!

 Golfer4Life, on 26 November 2018 - 04:36 PM, said:

Certainly!  Congratulations!

 FairwayFred, on 26 November 2018 - 05:30 PM, said:

Absolutely 100% a hole in one.

Yep and Congrats!

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 08:47 PM

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 08:51 PM

Yes it counts, congrats.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 11:02 PM

Does buying a quick-pick lotto number...and you win...count as a goofy get-rich scheme?


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