While having a 10th hole beer/whiteclaw after a round at Butler, my buddy Kyle hit us with an absolutely preposterous take; hole-in-ones on Par 3 courses aren’t official hole-in-ones.
His original argument was essentially that the holes at Butler or any Par 3 course are too short for you to claim a true hole-in-one. If you have never golfed at Butler, the holes range from 50 to 110 yards.
But here is my issue with that argument. He also went on to say that 100+ is the threshold for a true hole-in-one. Which of course contradicts his original statement. Because like I said earlier, there are holes at Butler and Par 3 courses that are over 100+ yards.
Naturally, Kyle tried to spin the take and claim you can have an official hole-in-one on a Par 3 course, it just depends what hole it is on — if it’s on a hole less than 100 yards it doesn’t count, more than 100 yards it counts.
Obviously, that also is just a ridiculous take. How can you possibly say some holes on a course count and others don’t?
Any time you step up on a tee box and hit the ball, it’s a golf stroke. Doesn’t matter the hole or course.
If it doesn’t count then why would any other stroke on a Par 3 course count? Should we just start shutting down Par 3 courses all together if strokes don’t count on them?
Also, when they play the Par 3 tourney at the Masters, they definitely count those as hole-in-ones:
So, what’s the difference with Butler or any other Par 3 course?
Butler is an official course. They have a clubhouse, parking, serve beer, sell balls and clubs. Shit, they even have a hole-in-one wall:
So, why wouldn’t a hole-in-one on the course be official?
Bottom line is this: You step on the tee box, hit the ball one time, it goes in the hole. Hole-in-one. Simple as that. No asterisk.
PS: Shoutout to the new management at Butler. The course is in PRISTINE condition.