The Niggle: Is a hole-in-one or an albatross better?

An albatross involves two great shots so that makes it better than a hole-in-one, right?

Tom Lenton: Hole-in-one for me, because I’ve never had a proper one yet. A lot of people could say albatross though because they can’t actually reach in two?

James Savage: You say proper one like you’ve been cheated out of it. You were three off the tee so it was a par.

Karl Hansell: Easy, hole-in-one. I’ve never been asked ’have you ever had an albatross?’ And albatross’ are all flukes – you’re not aiming for the hole but the green, whereas when you shoot an ace you were actually aiming for the hole. 


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James Savage: I’m with Karl. When do you get asked about getting an albatross?

Every time I stand on the tee box on a par-3 it goes through my head that this could be the one.

It must be like willing your football team to score from a corner in the last minute. The keeper comes up and heads it into the top corner – I know that feeling and it’s brilliant.


It’s an albatross – much rarer and therefore special" – Dan Murphy I’d never normally expect to reach a par-5 in two so would never be thinking about trying to get an albatross.

There’s a chance (albeit very slim) of a hole-in-one on every par-3. I want to get one so I can stop trying, and thinking about it, and so I can tell you all about it.

Craig Middleton: I don’t know, I think I’d prefer and albatross. A hole-in-one is always possible given it’s just one shot. An albatross you need to hit a cracking drive, and an inch perfect second. I feel I’d have more chance of making a hole-in-one than an albatross. If that makes sense.

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Dan Murphy: *Clears throat* Speaking as someone who has managed a hole-in-one, an albatross and a hole-in-one and an albatross with the same shot, I can answer this conclusively. 


It’s an albatross – much rarer and therefore special. 

A hole-in-one is amazing but you think you might get another one. An albatross feels like a once-in-a lifetime thing. 

Although I’ve now had two of them. But let’s not get into that again. Oh go on th– (that’s plenty enough from Dan) 

Craig Middleton: I can’t even do that on Rory McIlroy’s PGA Tour. 

Mark Townsend: Should anyone know the 7th at Royal Wimbledon then, back in ’87, I hit two Ben Hogan Apex 5-woods to the short par 5. Four inches short from an albatross. They should have erected a plaque where the approach was dispatched from.

Every time I have a chance of reaching a par 5 I think of that shot and then invariably tug it a bit left.

Jamie Millar: Seeing as I’ve never had either I would go for a hole-in-one. Just to get off the mark and I could do the hole bragging thing about where I got it..blah blah blah.

However, I think an albatross would be more satisfying personally. I’ll get back to you when I have marked them both off the to do list. 

James Broadhurst: A hole-in-one for me. It’s something you can brag about for the rest of your life.


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