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Let's Talk About Aces

The hole in one.

Perhaps considered the most sought-after achievement for amateur golfers, the odds of making an ace are about 12,500 to one… Not bad when you think back to the Powerball odds we were constantly being reminded of back in January.

Here at Lake Ridge Golf Course we are a nine-hole, par-three course so you have nine attempts at an ace, compared to the few you get at a regulation course.

Even professional athletes of other sports proudly share their hole-in-one stories.

Some readers might remember back to 2006 when Washington Capitals forward, Alex Ovechkin, who was in the early stages of his hockey career, managed to hit a hole in one on the first day he EVER swung a golf club.

Recently I read about Baltimore Orioles pitcher, Brian Matusz, who began his golfing as a right-handed player because he shared clubs with his brother (Matusz is a left-handed pitcher). Incredibly now Matusz is capable of switch-golfing which has to be rare. And even rarer he’s managed to hit a hole in one as a lefty and a righty.

So a question I’ve always pondered. . . . As a par-three course, I’ve always wondered if golfers would count a hole in one at our facility. It seems to “cheat” the idea of hitting one when you get nine or 18 opportunities to, compared to just four or five at a regulation course. I think I personally would add a self-imposed asterisk to a hole in one on a par-three course, unless I managed to do it on the first hole.

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