The Rule About Getting a Hole-in-One is Backwards
Supposedly you HAVE to buy a round of drinks for everybody that plays that golf course that day. Which, to me, should be the other way around.
I got the ace. I should get the reward.
I Googled it but couldn't find any basis that this is true. I mean, if you get a hole-in-one and you WANT to buy everybody a drink, then go ahead. But the thought of having to buy drinks for everybody who's golfing on the two courses I play at Pryor Creek on a Saturday sounds like a pricey proposition.
Some courses sell "Hole-In-One Insurance." So, for a few bucks, if you do get one, the drinks get bought and you don't have to mortgage your home to pay your bar tab.
I heard from a bowler who told me that if all four bowlers on a team get a strike in the same frame, the bowling alley will buy them all a beer. But if only three of them get strikes, the non-striker buys a round. That seems like a much more proper way to reward good performance in a sport.
Fortunately, I have never needed to buy since I have never had a single hole-in-one. I've got a pretty good collection of "two's" though.
And while I was looking all of this up I see that "the odds of the average golfer getting making a hole-in-one are 12,500 to 1" according to the National Hole-in-One Registry. And I've been golfing since 1976, so I've got to be getting close.
And if I ever get one, I'll buy a round.