Each week we write to Golf Canada members who record a hole-in-one, congratulating them and asking if they’d tell us how it happened. These are their stories (edited for length and clarity).
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Eddie Beqaj, Wooden Sticks, Hole #17
The 17th hole at Wooden Sticks is a replica of TPC Sawgrass. It was 130 yards out and it spun into the hole.
Kyler Kohli, Joanne Goulet Golf Club, Hole #8
I was out for a round with my dad and his girlfriend. The yardage was 154 to a front middle pin and I used a nine iron to land it two feet from the cup which then rolled in.
Alex Barr, Gorge Vale Golf Club, Hole #14
On the afternoon of July 10th, 2023, I got a hole-in-one on the 14th hole of Gorge Vale Golf Club in Victoria, B.C. It was my first round as a member there! The hole is a par 3 that was playing 132 yards against the wind. The club I used for my once-in-a-lifetime shot was a 9 iron. It was a moment I’ll never forget and I’m so happy that my girlfriend Kennedy and buddy Sean were there to celebrate the moment with me!
Andrea Feheley, Chateau Whistler Golf Club, Hole #10
I played Chateau Whistler, and the 10th hole was 86 yards with a 54-degree wedge. One bounce and straight into the hole it went. I was awarded a gorgeous flag with details of the shot. I played a great game with nine pars which led to my lowest score of the year so far.
Bill Preston, Ainsdale Golf Course, Hole #17
This was truly a moment that I will remember forever.
Brad Evenson, Waskesiu Golf Course, Hole #2
I was playing with Jim Spriggs and Paul and Cindy Pinder. The yardage was 119 and I used my pitching wedge.
Burl Moody, Penticton Golf and Country Club, Hole #6
I was playing with Andy Clough and Ken Nickel, both fellow members of Penticton Golf and Country Club. The distance to the flag was 126 yards and I hit my pitching wedge. I have ten fingers raised with the ball in my hand as it was my tenth career ace.
Chad Giles, Gage Golf and Curling Club, Hole #14
On May 29th, I was out practicing for an upcoming tournament and was playing alone. There was hardly anyone on the course as I sailed around the front 9 in little time, and not shooting particularly well either. On the back, I was playing a little better and made a birdie with a couple of bogies. As I reached the 13th fairway, I caught up with a group of three, and on the 14th tee, I realized that it was three of my co-workers with whom I’d never played golf with. They had all hit as I was putting out on #13 so I stepped up to the par 3 146-yard 14th hole with a pitching wedge and proceeded to hit a beauty right at the flagstick. It was a one hopper, one of the guys in my group said, “Go in” when it hit, and it did, disappearing into the hole to the disbelief of myself and everyone in the group. We all laughed and exchanged friendly banter as we went down to pluck the ball from the hole. I kept saying to them that I was so thankful that they let me join to have witnessed this as nobody would have believed it otherwise. The funny thing is, I was a 10 handicap at the time and the next hole was a par 5 which I went on to eagle and the next hole was another par 3 that I stuck about three feet and ultimately missed the putt, but for me to almost go -5 through 3 holes was a highlight of my golfing life! I ended up only shooting a 73 that day but I’ll forever remember being thankful I wasn’t alone!
Daniel Beaulieu, Eagles Glenn Golf Course, Hole #6
It was a rainy day where carts were not allowed and I ended up paired with three other walkers: Leah, Gary and Barry. Given the weather and limitations of carts on the golf course, we had the golf course to ourselves! When we got to hole #6, I saw the blue flag tucked in the back around 155 yards from the white tee box. I pulled out my 7 iron (TaylorMade P790), I swung and hit the ball flushed. The ball hit 8 feet above the pin and spun back slowly to the hole. I emptied all the air I had in my lungs and screamed “It went in!” I celebrated with my golf partners and took a photo.Fortunately, there were only four of us and the beer cost was minimal! It was truly a blissful moment that I will cherish forever. I kept my hole-in-one ball and plan to turn it into a trophy someday. The funny thing is that hole #6 is my least favourite hole at Eagles Glenn.
David Larke, Galt Country Club, Hole #16
On July 8, my friend Roy Turunen and I were partnered together in our “Beat the Pro” event at the Galt Country Club. It’s a net best ball event where you and your partner try to outscore the club professionals. We had a fairly strong front nine, but we were struggling somewhat on the back.
The 16th is an intimidating par 3 with a large pond on the left and the Grand River to the right. It was 173 yards to the pin. I put a good stroke on a hybrid 5 iron and as it flew, we both commented on how good it looked. It landed near the front of the green, rolled for about three or four seconds then disappeared. I told Roy that I think it dropped and he told me to “Just hold your horses”. Sure enough, it was nowhere to be seen as we walked up!
David Muth, Castlegar Golf Club, Hole #12
I was golfing with my friends Rob and Jay. The yardage was about 122 from the blue tees, pin in the center of the green. The ball landed 15 feet past the pin and spun all the way back to the hole, we did not see it go in but found out when we got on the green. I hit a 48-degree Vokey SM8 wedge.
Debbie Dyck, Two Eagles Golf Course and Academy, Hole #2
I was golfing with friends Gary and Shannon Abbott, and Ken Koemsted. The yardage was 133 and I used a hybrid 5 wood. Gary worked at Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy for a couple of years and said they used to give golfers a flag for a hole-in-one, so he went to the proshop after our game to inquire and found out they no longer do. He and Shannon bought a ball marker for me instead. They went to retrieve the scorecard from a cart and the starter asked if they were with the person who got a hole-in-one and when they confirmed they were he gave them another ball marker. An anonymous golfer in the area of the hole had purchased one for me as well. We were very impressed with that random act of kindness from another golfer.
Ed Desroches, Flamborough Hills, Hole #2
This occurred at Flamborough Hills golf course on the Lakes #2.
The yardage was 109 and I used a 48° gap wedge. I was playing with Rick Donald and Mike Donald in the Wednesday morning men’s league.
Eric Doull, Cultus Lake Golf Club, Hole #8
I was having a pretty bad round and decided my score was a wash, so I’ll just try to have some good shots and practice. I had barely gotten any sleep the night before and it was 7:30 in the morning. The hole was 102 yards and I hit a normal full swing 56-degree and I thought it was pretty good. It wouldn’t stop rolling until it went in the hole. It did not feel real. I’m pretty sure the people in the next postal code could hear me going crazy. I was alongside my older brother, which made the moment even more special because we’ve always had a rivalry on the course, but I could tell he was really happy for me (and maybe a little jealous).
Gary Mawhiney, Delhi Golf and Country Club, Hole #13
I started playing golf when I was 11 and was about to turn 65 when the magic happened. I’ve never had an ace but during my golfing life I have managed three albatrosses and left several on the edge of cup for that elusive holy grail of golf. Finally on that fateful day I came to a par 3 192-yard hole on my home course. I hit a 4 iron into a slight left to right breeze. The ball hit the green and rolled into the hole. The irony in this was I couldn’t see the hole clearly so when my playing partner said he was sure it went in I was doubtful. The day was Friday 13th on the 13th hole. The thing that was the sweetest was my playing partner was my son and it was his third witnessed hole-in-one. He is still trying!
Guy Polillo, Muskoka Bay Club, Hole #11
I played the round with my friends Liam O’Donoghue, Matt Dipaolo and Kyle Harrington. My fiancé Bri had her bachelorette party planned over the weekend, so we opted to take full advantage of it and get out for a round of golf. We decided to make the two and a half hour drive north from Brantford to play Muskoka Bay for the first time and it was well worth it.
We played from the white tees and the yardage on the 11th hole was around 135 yards which is a 9 iron for me. The ball landed a foot or two behind the hole before slowing down, catching a hill behind the pin, and started to roll towards the hole. We couldn’t tell for sure from the tees but luckily enough after a quick run to the green we found my ball exactly where we were hoping it would be.
The group was very excited for me, and it made an already incredible round of golf even better. We definitely hope to return soon!
James Gaby, Silvertip Golf Resort, Hole #6
It was an incredible day. I was playing with my wife, Kari. I was playing from the blue tees, but they looked to be closer to the whites that day. The yardage on my watch said 160 to the pin. I used an 8 iron and my ball landed about 6 feet past the pin and rolled back in for the hole-in-one. I also broke 80 for the second time, which made it extra special.
Jamie Newton, Willow Park Golf and Country Club, Hole #18
I was playing with my dad who has four holes-in-one, and this was my fourth to tie him!
Janet Laus, St. Catherines Golf and Country Club, Hole #7
I was with my husband Shane Davis, and two friends, John McKenzie and his wife Patricia McKenzie. The distance was 110 yards, and I used my 7 hybrid.
Jason Abbott, Sleepy Hollow Golf and Country Club, Hole #8
I was playing with Daniel Nicoletta, Robert Darnowski and Ryan Moore. The yardage was 147 and I used a pitching wedge.
Jason Zabinsky, The Glencoe Golf and Country Club, Hole #9
I was playing with my son Colton Zabinsky. The distance was 173 yards and I hit a 7 iron.
Kevin Dorrius, Revelstoke Golf Club, Hole #3
I admit that I am still really excited about the hole-in-one. It was on the 3rd hole at Revelstoke Golf Club, where I am a member. It was from the white tees, which played 191 yards. It was with a TaylorMade Sim 2 Max D 5 wood. I was playing with my wife, Liane Dorrius, and fellow club members Frank Bafaro and Matt Graham.
Mitch Currie, Mactaquac Golf Course, Hole #16
My brother Rick Currie and I were golfing our home course at Mactaquac Provincial Park. We were on hole #16 and the yardage was 165. I hit a 25-degree Titleist hybrid that landed just short of the green and rolled about 35 feet and disappeared. My brother started jumping up and down and yelling that it went in. I was in disbelief and just stood there in awe. It was the second hole-in-one that my brother had witnessed. I know he was more excited than I was.
Mike Bonyun, Iroquois Golf Club, Hole #7
I scored my first ever hole-in-one at my home course in Iroquois, Ontario. It was the 7th hole, a 158-yard par 3, playing from the blue tees. It was far from a textbook shot, hitting my 7 iron a little flat, but it did the trick! I was playing with my usual partners, Jim, Mike and Bill, two of whom witnessed the ball roll into the cup. The third, Bill, was busy digging in his bag, probably looking for another beer.
Nancy Schafer, Sirocco Golf Club, Hole #12
I feel blessed!
Nathan Relitz, Sylvan Lake Golf and Country Club, Hole #3
I was playing with three buddies on our home course, Sylvan Lake Golf and Country Club. I have been playing with these guys for years. It was hole #3 which was 178 yards. I got to tee off first, so I grabbed my 6 iron and a Srixon Z-star. This hole has an elevated tee box which overlooks some bushes and a creek with bunkers on both sides. I took a few practice swings, lined up and hit the ball. The ball started on the left side with a little fade to it, flew over the left bunker bounced on the middle of the green rolled up and could hear it hit the flag stick and disappear.
I stood there for a few seconds in disbelief before raising both arms then turning around to see my friend’s reactions. First, I looked at Lorne Goodman, he was looking in the bush to find a broken tee or a free golf ball for his shot. Second, I turned my head to see that Sean Groarke was in the golf cart scrolling for the next great song to play. Lastly, I turned to trusty Ron Feenstra and watched him raise both his arms and started cheering that it went in. Thank goodness someone was watching.
Thanks again to my friends for many great rounds over the years and looking forward to many years of golfing alongside them. Whether it’s looking for balls in the bush, listening to the next great tune or cheering on a heck of a shot! I would also like to thank the Sylvan Lake Golf and Country club for treating us so well over the years.
Owen Salmon, Royal Regina Golf Club, Hole #14
I was playing with my parents, and I used my 9 iron.
Paul Cyr, Mill River Golf Club, Hole #17
The yardage was 140 yards, and I used my 7 iron. The conditions were very good with minimal wind. My playing partners were Jim McIntyre, John Arsenault and Philip Hore.
Peter Shield, Riverside Golf Club, Hole #14
What a great feeling!
Porter Smith, Andersons Creek Golf Club, Hole #4
I got the hole-in-one on Sunday during the second round of the club championship at Anderson’s Creek. I was playing with Mike and Magnus, two fellas that are members of the course but who I have never played with before. We got up to the fourth hole a par 3 131 yards downhill. I pulled my 52-degree wedge out of my bag knowing that it was the perfect club after playing this hole many times. The pin was close to the left of the green and we could only see the top half of the flag. As soon as I swung, the ball was tracking towards the flag. No one said a word, but we heard it smash the green with a thud. Our first thoughts were that it could be very close. I was walking and Mike and Magnus were riding in a cart, so they were first to the hole. As I crossed the gully I looked around and didn’t see my ball. Then Mike was giddy and ran over to the flag and yanked the pin out and the ball plopped right out of the hole. I couldn’t believe what just happened. I freaked out, we all freaked out. It was awesome.
Rhea Martin, Kings Links by the Sea, Hole #15
So much fun and a great shot!
Richard Coombs, Walter Gretzky Municipal Golf Course, Hole #2
I hit an 8 iron on the 142-yard par 3 at Walter Gretzky Municipal Golf Course. I knew I had smoked it and thought it might have to sit pretty quickly. I saw it bounce over the bunker but assumed it had rolled long. The view of the cup was obstructed by the bunker, so I didn’t see it go in but a player from the group ahead walked back onto the green and yelled at us saying it went in. A huge surprise!
Rita Clarkson, Kinga Links by the Sea, Hole #15
I used a 7 iron into a head wind.
Rob Benton, Chateau Whistler Golf Club, Hole #5
It was a 7:30 am start time, first tee time of the day. I used a 6 iron on hole #5. It was a straight ball flight, one bounce and rolled about six to eight feet. I was playing with a dad and two sons from Washington and a single player up from Vancouver. One of the boys was just a ride a long and not playing but I ended up having four witnesses. It was a beautiful morning I’ll never forget it. I’m a member at Chateau Whistler and play there nearly every day.
Robert Armes, Toronto Hunt Club, Hole #11
It was a magic moment with my friends! I used a gap wedge, and it took a couple of bounces before dropping. This is my fourth hole-in-one. I find it helps when I hit the green!
Ron Van Noort, St. Andrews East Golf Club, Hole #14
I was playing with Bill Hilton, Paul Maynard and David Myers. The distance was 152 yards and I hit a 9 iron. It was the first hole-in-one that I have made.
Shane Gallagher, Victoria Golf Club, Hole #8
It’s actually my second ace on that hole and I didn’t see either of them actually go in. I have an ace at Ardmore Golf Club which was my first and fortunately I got to see that go in! This one was 108 yards into the wind. I went with a big draw on a pitching wedge which happened to land in a good spot. Again, we didn’t know if it was in but more realistically, we figured it was close. We got to the green and there was no ball in sight. We checked the cup, and the celebrations began!
On that day I was playing with one of my longest tenured friends and playing partners, Jason Hawkings. Jason also is a member of Victoria. It was a wild day and not one I’ll soon forget.
Thomas Norris, Glen Arbour Golf Club, Hole #7
It was a good day as I recorded my second ever hole-in-one. It was the seventh hole and was 135 yards. I used my 7 iron, and it took two bounces and dropped in the hole!
Tom Fraser, Yarmouth Golf & Curling Club, Hole #7
What a great feeling and a great hole to get the ace on!
Tyler Jaroszuk, Eagle Point Golf Club, Hole #4
It was 143 yards to the pin, and I hit my 8 iron pure with a nice little fade seeking right at the pin. The ball landed about six inches to the left of the cup and had a single sideways hop into the cup. I could not believe it went in, I tossed my club, and it was chaos on the tee box. I was playing with James, Kevin, and my dad, all of whom had been golfing much longer than I have and could not believe I was the first to get an ace.