Anyone made an albatross?

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  • Crazy About GolfCrazy About Golf Members Posts: 297 ✭✭✭✭

    Had one back in 2005......4-iron from 210 out.....thinned it a bit, and it landed about 15 yds short of the green and ran right into the cup.

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  • TLUBulldogGolfTLUBulldogGolf Sasquatch Houston, TXMembers Posts: 2,462 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I made one in the city amateur championship 2 years ago, hit a good drive and knocked it in from 200 out with a 5 iron to a front pin. Actually wasn't hit all that great but was right online. Unfortunately I was 11 over for the round prior to that.

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  • goheels11goheels11 ClubWRX Posts: 390 ClubWRX

    2 years ago, at my son’s tennis team fund raiser. 225 up hill, didn’t see it go in but was flushed. Got to the green and could see the ball sticking out of the hole trapped against the flag!

  • MalvernMalvern Members Posts: 465 ✭✭✭✭

    @RickK said:
    I am almost 73 years old. Been playing since I was 22, so for 51 years. Last year I made my first ever double eagle. 2nd shot on par 5...212 out. Blind shot up over a hill. We looked for the ball in front bunker, in rough, and I was about to head back to hit again as I thought the ball was lost. One of the guys yelled at me as I was getting in the cart "You hitting a Callaway with green dots?"

    Totally awesome, but I gotta say as a golfer of similar years in the game, "double eagle" grinds my gears. Given your golfing experience, any idea when the term started being used in America? Any idea when it will stop?

  • Ty_WebbTy_Webb New YorkMembers Posts: 3,080 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I have two. First one was about 18 years ago. Old course at Walton Heath in a tournament. Made a 2 on the 8th hole. Uphill par 5. Holes a 5 iron. Then didn’t even make par on that hole the next six or seven times I played it.

    Second one was last year at Bethpage Black 7th hole. Driver and a 3 iron from 202. Saw this one go in. Was pretty incredible. Shot was arrow straight the whole way. It was right in front of the flag rolling on the green and from 200 yards away I thought it had a chance. Then the ball disappeared. My reaction was a very excited “I think that went in!!!”

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  • RickKRickK Members Posts: 49 ✭✭
    edited Aug 4, 2019 2:21am #37

    @Malvern said:

    @RickK said:
    I am almost 73 years old. Been playing since I was 22, so for 51 years. Last year I made my first ever double eagle. 2nd shot on par 5...212 out. Blind shot up over a hill. We looked for the ball in front bunker, in rough, and I was about to head back to hit again as I thought the ball was lost. One of the guys yelled at me as I was getting in the cart "You hitting a Callaway with green dots?"

    Totally awesome, but I gotta say as a golfer of similar years in the game, "double eagle" grinds my gears. Given your golfing experience, any idea when the term started being used in America? Any idea when it will stop?

    If my aging memory serves me right, it was Grantland Rice reporting on the shot that Gene Sarazen made at the 1935 (I think) Masters. American term...yes it is. I live here so I go with it. Will not stop...been used for 80+ years.

  • RickKRickK Members Posts: 49 ✭✭
    edited Aug 4, 2019 2:39am #38

    @HonestPlayer said:

    @RickK said:
    I am almost 73 years old. Been playing since I was 22, so for 51 years. Last year I made my first ever double eagle. 2nd shot on par 5...212 out. Blind shot up over a hill. We looked for the ball in front bunker, in rough, and I was about to head back to hit again as I thought the ball was lost. One of the guys yelled at me as I was getting in the cart "You hitting a Callaway with green dots?"

    Nice. What club did you hit from 212? You must hit it far for a player your age, makes me wonder how far you hit the ball in your 20s (not that distance matters, accuracy matters most. but it does matter in reaching par 5's in two)

    I hit 3hybrid. I feel like I am a fairly short hitter these days. Age has taken its toll. I didn't really hit it all that far in my 20s. Probably 230-240 with balata balls and wooden headed woods. In my mid 30s finally had a chance to work on my game and metal headed clubs were out. I could hit drives in the 260-270 range with the occasional one that could get out there close to 290 (probably aided by hard ground). Best ever that was accurate was driving a 300 yard par 4. Those days are long gone now. I moved up to the senior tees when I turned 70. So, from the senior tees, the hole I made this on was playing 455. Would be a simple par 4 for the younger guys but they would be playing the same hole at around 510.

  • BankerBanker The SwampMembers Posts: 1,100 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I snuck out from the office 12/26/12 because the boss was out of town. We were both members of the same club and he lived on the course though we played with different groups. Watched as my 3 wood landed 15 feet or so short and rolled in like a putt. We all went crazy & then I realized, s*^t, I’m totally going to get busted....lol

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  • raynorfan1raynorfan1 Members Posts: 3,645 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I made one ~20 years ago when I was just getting into the game. Sub 500 yard par 5 with a slightly elevated green. Perfect drive to cut the corner of the dogleg. Well struck three wood that I thought would be past the hole. Couldn’t see the green from my second shot - searched and searched and searched for it over the back of the green. Gave up. The guy I’m playing with putts out...and finds my ball in the hole!

    TBH I didn’t understand the rarity and just sort of shrugged it off as good luck.

  • GolfMonster09GolfMonster09 PING Staff 2019 Members Posts: 1,503 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes, hole #5 at Troon North - Pinnacle in Phoenix last November.

    I take a group of members out to PING HQ every year and we play a couple days then visit HQ for fittings/tour before flying home. We were playing our second 18 of the day and I absolutely demolish a drive on 5. One of the guys goes you're going to have 180 into the flag. No, 182. I laugh and do the "yeah ok sure sure" thing and we drive off. We get to my ball and the GPS in the cart says 182 to the hole. I shoot it with the range finder and sure enough, 182. I look over at the guy and go "You aren't going to believe this, it's 182 exactly." We all laugh then I hit my 7 iron. As soon as I hit it I'm watching it and it isn't leaving the flagstick. The green is elevated so you can't see the shots land, but I look at the guys and go "That's going to be really really good."

    Driving up to the green and we all spread out for our shots and I don't see a ball on the green. I have putter and wedge in hand figuring I had gone long (pin was almost all the way in the back). Looking in the rough and even in the brush/cactus behind the green and it's nowhere to be found. Out of sheer "yeah what if?" I look in the hole and start freaking out. My ball is sitting in the bottom of the cup with my mark just staring up at me. The guys in my group start freaking out as well, and the group on the tee on the other side of the foliage starts yelling at us to calm down (fat chance of that happening.)

    Still have the ball in my bag, need to get a case or something for it. Switched balls on the next tee and almost aced the 6th!!

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  • exgolfproexgolfpro Members Posts: 790 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @HonestPlayer said:
    What was it like? I've made a hole in one, eagle, birdie all by hole outs. Yet to register an albatross, doubt I ever will considering it's rare now I ever get to a par 5 in 2.

    So what was it like? Yes if you did it alone it counts the same and the reaction might be ever more interesting alone. I am currently waiting for my new clubs, no point practicing with my old ones so only have 60 degree wedge, 64 (60 and 64 Cleveland), 72 degree (bomb tech golf) and Scotty putter to practice with so thought I'd humour myself making this thread seeing as I won't be playing on the course for a couple of weeks.

    HonestPlayer.

    Yes, I made one at my home course, Crown Pointe GC in 2006. Downhill par 5, probably 496 from the tees I was playing. The last 100 yds of the hole juts out into a lake and is surrounded by water on 3 sides. I hit driver off the tee and had 217yds left for my 2nd. Looking straight into the setting evening sun. Hit a 2hybrid (17*) and flushed it right at the flag. But never saw it land due to the sun. I was playing by myself so when I got the the green, I didnt see the ball. Looked short, looked long, looked in the weeds left, then walked by the hole as I was on my way to look in the edge of the water. There it was, a 2 on a par 5.

  • BarfolomewBarfolomew #worstWRXer Members Posts: 1,456 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Made a few
    no I haven't......now I feel inferior

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  • RJ_MJ_JJRJ_MJ_JJ Members Posts: 56 ✭✭

    I've been close a few times, but none yet. I was about 3 inches short of a hole in one on a par 4 in college.

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  • dpb5031dpb5031 Jupiter, FLMembers Posts: 5,366 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Just missed one today. Would have been my second

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  • chickwebbchickwebb Members Posts: 39 ✭✭

    I've played to a single-digit for going on 50 yrs and have made a bunch, mostly when I was younger and really bombing it. Can still get it out there pretty good, and have made two in the last three years. Have never made an ace, though. Go figure. Stupid game.

  • RobGWRobGW Members Posts: 171 ✭✭✭

    I have three. I would trade them all for my first ace (nobody makes plaques for an albatross). Two were on the same hole (Neumann Red #6, Cincinnati, OH), a short (440) double dogleg where you can drive through the doglegs. The first was a so-so drive that ran through into the light rough. I had 200-ish (20+ years ago, don't remember the exact number), and had to draw a 4 iron a bit around the corner. I was playing with one other guy who saw it go in (I didn't). The same hole ten years later I had a perfectly placed drive that caught a downslope and left me with only 90 yards left, and one hopped a sand wedge (happened in my league, 7 witnesses). The last was a straight par 5 (Indian Ridge #9, Oxford, OH), 481 playing downwind. I had a good drive and a 5 wood to a back pin. It's slightly uphill so I did not see it go in, but the guy on the mower did (I was otherwise alone).

  • fastswingerfastswinger Members Posts: 7 ✭✭

    Just made an albatross on 8/[email protected] Bell cc in PA. 17th hole from the blues was playing 465. I hit driver in fairway and had 173 in. Playing for the front, grabbed an 8 iron and flushed it. Get up to the green and nothing is there. Grab my wedge and putter and take a walk around the green. Nothing. So I then walk to the hole and it was in there! It was hard to believe, but I'll take it. Went on to birdie 18! It was the first time playing Blue Bell and it will always be a favorite course of mine 😉. I played with a buddy from work and we were out a little early so we haven't discussed this at work yet lol!

  • mcputtermcputter Members Posts: 962 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Aug 17, 2019 2:12am #49

    @fastswinger said:
    Just made an albatross on 8/[email protected] Bell cc in PA. 17th hole from the blues was playing 465. I hit driver in fairway and had 173 in. Playing for the front, grabbed an 8 iron and flushed it. Get up to the green and nothing is there. Grab my wedge and putter and take a walk around the green. Nothing. So I then walk to the hole and it was in there! It was hard to believe, but I'll take it. Went on to birdie 18! It was the first time playing Blue Bell and it will always be a favorite course of mine 😉. I played with a buddy from work and we were out a little early so we haven't discussed this at work yet lol!

    Great shot. But I'm a little surprised that from the Blue tees a 465 yard hole was playing as a par-five. Kind of an in-between hole yardage for the Blues, typically 450 yards and less-par four, 500 yard + par five depending on topography.

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  • Short BucketShort Bucket Members Posts: 22 ✭✭
    edited Aug 19, 2019 12:44pm #50

    No. Several years ago hit a three wood approach on a dogleg that hit a tree branch and went straight down into the water. Then dropped a ball from the same spot and hit a one iron into the cup. Playing partner said, "Let's see. In the water in two, out in three, hitting four...nice birdie."

  • MidwestGolfBumMidwestGolfBum Corporate Golfer Extraordinaire MSN/MKE/DSMMembers Posts: 1,393 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I've made 2. At my club we have 3 par 5s that are reachable if you can pull off 2 good shots. The first one I never saw go in and was actually kind of surreal since I hit 2iron in to the wind and nobody really knew where it was. We were about to give up and concede the hole until somebody joked to check the hole. There it was in the bottom of the cup! Second one is on our finishing hole which typically plays down wind. We have kind of a bowl that the pin sometimes gets put in during club events and I managed to have one come off the back slope of the bowl and go in. That was was certainly very memorable because we were the last group to come through and there were a fair number of people on the green watching us finish. Plenty of cheers and drinks were had after that round!

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