An Ace, otherwise known as “Hole-in-One”, is one of the scores in golf which is acquired with only a single stroke. Thus, it is a score of 1 in any hole – or that scenario when you drop the ball from tee to cup in a single shot.
More on tee to cup scenario
Not all tee to cup hits are a hole-in-one though, so let’s clarify on that.
There are quite a couple exceptions as to when a tee to cup hit is not considered an ace or hole in one. These scenarios include:
- A tee to cup hit following a lost ball
- A tee to cup hit following an out-of-bounds
- A tee to cup hit following a water hazard
When ace is achievable
Don’t think of an ace as something you can’t score. In fact, there is a situation when it is doable and that is when dealing with a par 3 hole like the one we have at the 14th hole in our golf course in Doral.
Par 3 holes are usually short and can be completed with a single blow. You just need to add a little precision and power to your strike to make it a tee to cup scenario especially when the par 3 hole you are dealing with challenges you to pass through a water hazard like the one we have in Doral.
Is ace possible on par 4 hole
It is possible to ace a par 4, especially when the cup’s disposition makes it reachable from the tee.
In PGA Tour history, an ace on par 4 has only been done one time. The rare sight took place at the 332-yard 17th in TPC Scottsdale during 2001 Phoenix Open when Andress Magee sent the golf ball from tee to cup in a single glory-bound blow.
Is ace possible on par 5 hole?
Yes, this is also possible. Again, consider the shape of the hole. Usually when it takes the form of a dogleg or a horseshoe, that’s when the disposition of the cup is closer from the tee.
But what about straight holes – is it still possible? Yes to that, too. Well, because it’s been done before.
Below are the notable professional golfers who made ace on par 5:
- Mike Crean – 9th hole at Green Valley Ranch G.C. – 2002
- Dick Hogan – 8th hole at Piedmont Crescent Golf Course in Burlington, N.C. – 1973
- Larry Bruce – (dogleg) 5th hole at Hope C.C. in Arkansas – 1962
- Jack Bartlett – (dogleg) 17th hole at Royal Wentworth Falls C.C. in New South Wales – 2007
- Shaun Lynch – (horseshoe) 17th hole at Teign Valley G.C. in Christow, England – 2004
When golf scoring terms collide
Hole-in-one or ace takes another scoring term depending on which par it was scored. Let’s look at when these scoring terms overlap one another.
- Ace or hole-in-one in par 3 is also known as two under par (-2) or Eagle
- Ace or hole-in-one in par 4 is also known as three under par (-3) or Albatross
- Ace or hole-in-one in par 5 is also known as four under par (-4), Condor, Double Albatross or Triple Eagle
- Ace or hole-in-one in par 6 is also known as five under par (-5) or Ostrich
How to improve your chances of scoring an ace?
As always, practicing your shots improves your chances of scoring an ace in a golf round, especially on dogleg and/or horseshoe shaped holes. Unlike straight holes where a piercing, powerful shot can help cover the distance, dogleg and horseshoe holes or even those par 3 holes equipped with hazards require precision to navigate the ball from tee to cup so be sure to work on that as well.