The elusive hole-in-one. Every player who has ever picked up a golf club dreams of carding an ace. And if you’re reading this, you’ve either been fortunate enough to feel the joy of watching your tee shot sink below your sight line into the cup or you’ve imagined how you would react when it happens. Despite the incredible odds against golfers of all abilities to achieve the dream of a hole in one – and the bar tab to go along with it – dozens of golfers at We-Ko-Pa have achieved the dream. As a reward, each player is forever enshrined on wekopa.com.
Almost all aces on all golf courses across the world occur on par-3s. Makes sense. But now TWO of the most recent holes in one at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club came at Saguaro’s Par-4 10th. A rare feat to be sure, but not the first time a player has aced a par-4 at We-Ko-Pa. In 2014, a player aced Saguaro’s short par-4 2nd and just a year later, a lucky golfer aced Cholla’s par-4 15th. Four aces on three different par-4 holes. Simply Astounding.
Here are a few stats and metrics on the rarity of golf’s most sought-after score:
According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, the odds of the average golfer making a hole-in-one are 12,000 to 1.
The National Hole-in-One Registry also has a boatload of other great facts regarding an ace:
– The odds of a Tour player making an ace: 3,000 to 1
– The odds of a low-handicapper making an ace: 5,000 to 1
– The odds of two players from the same foursome acing the same hole: 17 million to 1
– The odds of one player making two holes-in-one in the same round: 67 million to 1
The National Hole-in-One Registry also says that there are roughly 450 million rounds of golf played each year in the U.S., or approximately 25,000-30,000 per course. Each of those courses reports between 10-15 aces per year. That means a hole-in-one is scored once in every 3,500 rounds. Only 1-2 percent of golfers score an ace in a year. The average years of playing golf for a player before making an ace is 24. Can you believe that?