The elusive Hole in One is one of the holy grails to add to your golf accomplishments. But how rare are hole in ones in golf? The chances of an average golfer getting a hole in one are quite low. According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, the odds of a professional golfer making a hole in one are approximately 1 in 2,500, while the odds of an amateur golfer making a hole in one are approximately 1 in 12,500. However, these odds can vary based on factors such as the golfer's skill level, the length and difficulty of the hole, and the weather conditions. So, while it is certainly possible for an average golfer to make a hole in one, it is a rare occurrence and not something that can be expected with any degree of certainty.
Lets add some perspective to that 1 in 12,500 chance. Here are some events that share similar odds or are slightly rarer:
Being injured by a toilet: According to a study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the odds of being injured by a toilet are approximately 1 in 10,000, which is slightly more likely than getting a hole in one.
- Being born with extra fingers or toes: The odds of being born with extra fingers or toes (a condition called polydactyly) are approximately 1 in 2,000, which is slightly more likely than getting a hole in one
Being struck by lightning: The odds of being struck by lightning in the U.S. are approximately 1 in 15,300 over a persons lifetime, making it slightly less likely than getting a hole in one for an amateur golfer.
- Finding a four-leaf clover: Four-leaf clovers are considered lucky and are believed to be rare. The odds of finding a four-leaf clover are approximately 1 in 10,000, which is slightly more likely than getting a hole-in-one
Not happy with these odds and want to increase the difficulty? What about 2 hole in ones in the same round of golf? The chances of getting two holes in one in a single round of golf are incredibly low, regardless of the golfer's skill level. According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, the odds of a player making two holes in one during the same round of golf are approximately 67 million to 1. The likelihood of this happening is extremely rare, and it is considered a once-in-a-lifetime achievement for most golfers. While it is not impossible, the odds are so remote that it is not something that golfers should expect or even strive for.
Lets put these odds into perspective. Here are four things that are more likely to happen than getting 2 hole in one's on the same round of golf:
Finding a pearl in an oyster: The odds of finding a pearl in an oyster are about 1 in 12,000. This means that getting two hole in ones in golf is more than 5,500 times as rare as finding a pearl in an oyster.
There are only slightly more than 500 billionaires in America, making your odds of becoming one roughly 1 in 578,508.
- Getting attacked by a shark: The odds of being attacked by a shark are about 1 in 11.5 million. This means that getting two hole in ones in golf is about 6 times as rare as being attacked by a shark
Ok we know that this is not exactly how odds work but its fun to think about. Don't get hung up on the odds of getting that ellusive hole in one. Instead, go out there let those golf balls fly and have fun, then on your 12,500 try of the par 3 you might just get that one to fall in!