No I didn’t want to become a bird watch. These are weirder names (than birdie and eagle) for sub-par golf scores.

I was wondering about how many hole-in-one’s Tiger Woods has made, and that led me to some curious findings. I’ve never heard of albatross shot, but it does happen a lot more than I imagine. And then there was even condor shot, twice recorded in history.

Some fun facts from the Golf Digest article:

  • One of the earliest and most famous albatross was by Gene Sarazen on April 8, 1935, on the par-5 15th hole at Augusta. He got into a playoff for that, and won the Masters. He later referred to his shot as “a dodo.”
  • The chance (about 1 in a million) of becoming one of the couple of hundred golfers a year to make a double eagle (as opposed to 40,000 aces) better than being killed by a shark or dying from a dog bite but worse than being struck by lightning or, for a woman, having quadruplets without the aid of fertility drugs.
  • Mike Hilyer, a 6’5 275lbs waste management expert from Georgia, hit 10 hold-in-one albatrosses.
  • Californian Norman Manley holds the amateur hole-in-one mark with 59, four on par 4s.
  • Between 1993 and 2003, PGA tour averages 30.05 aces and 2.67 albatrosses per year.
  • On Nov. 15, 1962, Larry Bruce hit a condor with a driver on the 480-yard dogleg right par-5 fifth hole at Hope CC, Arkansas.
  • On July 24, 1995, 33-year-old Irishman Shaun Lynchat hit a condor with a 3-iron (!!!) on the 496-yard dogleg 17th in Teign Valley GC in Christow, England.