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4 minutes ago, Siamese Moose said:

It would probably be a jinx, but you could use a Sharpie to put 6" marks on your putter shaft in lieu of a tape measure. 😀

 

I think someone will be within a score cards length of the hole this year.  

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I don't have the decades-long chase that some of you have. I've only been playing regularly for about 8 years now. What I do have is an 8-year-old who constantly reminds me that he has an ace, an

At the end of the season, the winner of this thread is the guy whose ball finished closest to the hole without a hole in one.

So not to depress anyone other than myself...… I play between 50 to 75 rounds a year. So lets use 50. 50 rounds times 4 par three's is 200 attempts a year. 200 times 30 years is 6,000. For three

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25 years an counting.... Not sure I'd know what to do if I do sink one, but I'd think that a good problem to have!  I'm in!

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Nope, golfing since 1977.   Lots of close calls but....

If I get one, I'm afraid the world will come to end.  Right up there with the Lions winning the Super Bowl.

BTW, great idea @GolfSpy MPR, I'm in.   Maybe I will hit a green at least.

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Congratulations, everyone.  This will definitely be your year.  I'm joining this thread, which means at the end of the season I'll be the only one without an ace, since that's how things always seem to work for me.  I will require partial credit for your aces, however.

I've been inside 3 feet a couple of times, but not in the last couple of years and never really thought any of those close calls really had a chance.

I do like the "winner is the closest to the hole without an ace" angle presented by @GolfSpy MPR.

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5 hours ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

So not to depress anyone other than myself...… I play between 50 to 75 rounds a year. So lets use 50.

50 rounds times 4 par three's is 200 attempts a year. 200 times 30 years is 6,000. For three years I played a work league on a par three course in CT. We played nine holes after work.  A real par three course not a pitch and putt. So add 5 holes times 20 rounds, times three years is 300.  So I have tried 6,300 times to get a hole in one.   I stink at this part of the game! 😢

On a positive note... This will be the year!

Love the analysis Tom... really puts this pursuit in perspective.  I hate to pile on, but if you factor in @pulledabillstats, and that no one gaming Sub70 irons has ever made an ace... well, just saying 🤣.

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I have been playing on and off since the 70s and regularly since the 90s.  I have hit quite a few into the hole from the fairway or rough (par 3 distances) but have never done it from a tee box.  Like most everyone else I have gotten close a few times with the closest being about  1 1/2 inches in the early 90s.   This stands out to me clearly due to what followed.   as I approached the next tee an older gentleman asked me if it went in the hole and I said no.   He responded that Ben Hogan once told him that having the ball stop next to the hole required skill but it only required luck.   I later found out that he was Chandler Harper a former professional golfer who has 7 tour wins including a PGA Championship.  

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At the end of the season, the winner of this thread is the guy whose ball finished closest to the hole without a hole in one.

Ouch, I'd rather miss it by a lot. Kinda like having all but one lottery number - I'd rather know I didn't come close to the numbers picked

BTW, one of the guys I regularly play with whose handicap is 12 strokes higher than mine reminds me occasionally he's had 2 HIO.


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On 2/3/2021 at 5:42 PM, fixyurdivot said:

Love the analysis Tom... really puts this pursuit in perspective.  I hate to pile on, but if you factor in @pulledabillstats, and that no one gaming Sub70 irons has ever made an ace... well, just saying 🤣.

Well I only started playing the Sub-70 irons last summer. I came close a few times last season with one being about 2 inches from the hole with those clubs. So I can say I'm getting closer than what I was used to.  

But I am detecting a challenge..... Game on brotha!

 

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What a great thread!!  I'd really love to participate... but I can't!!   🤣

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I played a round last year where I crushed a 4 iron into a 212 yard par 3....we heard it hit the pin.....got to the green and the ball is sitting an inch from the cup and the pin isn’t in the hole very well and it’s leaning towards the tee box......I gotta think if the pin was in the cup correctly the ball would have dropped!


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11 hours ago, TBT said:

I played a round last year where I crushed a 4 iron into a 212 yard par 3....we heard it hit the pin.....got to the green and the ball is sitting an inch from the cup and the pin isn’t in the hole very well and it’s leaning towards the tee box......I gotta think if the pin was in the cup correctly the ball would have dropped!


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Uggg 😬.  I would rather not have known and simply added it to my growing list of close encounters.  

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On 2/3/2021 at 10:27 AM, GolfSpy MPR said:

Love this thread idea, and I'll definitely be contributing.

So you're assuming you'll have a bunch of shots that are really close? That's a bold prediction. I'm lucky to hit the green with regularity.

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49 minutes ago, MaxEntropy said:

So you're assuming you'll have a bunch of shots that are really close? That's a bold prediction. I'm lucky to hit the green with regularity.

Me too haha. I'm honestly not sure how many times (or if at all?) I've ever been within 5 feet of the ole hole in one

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1 hour ago, ncwoz said:

Me too haha. I'm honestly not sure how many times (or if at all?) I've ever been within 5 feet of the ole hole in one

Dude, I played 27 straight holes on par 3 course for #CobraConnect last year. Longest hole was 125 yards. Closest I got was like seven feet. 😬

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50 minutes ago, edingc said:

Dude, I played 27 straight holes on par 3 course for #CobraConnect last year. Longest hole was 125 yards. Closest I got was like seven feet. 😬

It doesn't feel like it should be that hard! And yet... 😓

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I had an ace 53 years ago, still waiting on my second, I’m 66. One of my regular golf partners is 75-76, shoots his age or better often (much better than me), and he’s never had an ace - makes me sad. He’s been within inches but never an ace. He says almost every time he’s tees up on par 3’s he thinks maybe this time...

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1 hour ago, ncwoz said:

It doesn't feel like it should be that hard! And yet... 😓

 

1 hour ago, edingc said:

Dude, I played 27 straight holes on par 3 course for #CobraConnect last year. Longest hole was 125 yards. Closest I got was like seven feet. 😬

But the close encounters will come... and this thread will be your official place to share the misery 🙂.

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My most recent genuinely close call was June of last Summer, so it won’t count toward the ‘no cigar’ award @GolfSpy MPR suggested.

But considering @fixyurdivot started this thread, it’s kinda neat that mine actually occurred up in his neck of the woods.

Columbus, MT - dreamweaver 7-iron from 175 yards. The twosome in front waved me through and briefly celebrated before (according to them) the noodle spit my ball back out of the hole. Still aceless...

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