How Many Holes In One Have There Been At The Masters?

How Many Holes In One Have There Been At The Masters

One of the most difficult feats in golf, both at the amateur and professional levels, is to score a hole in one by hitting a golf ball into the hole in only one shot. Over the years, the PGA Tour has seen a number of professionals shoot holes in one, including at the Masters, but how many holes in one have there actually been at the Masters? Here, we take a look at all of the famous aces scored at the Augusta National Golf Course during the history of the Masters Tournament, broken down by the hole of the course they occurred on.


Overview

In the history of the Masters Tournament, which began in 1934, there have been only 33 holes in one. Below, we break down those 33 aces by dividing them based on the hole they occurred on.

Hole No. 4: Flowering Crab Apple

The fourth hole of the Masters is known as flowering crab apple, a name derived from the Malus hybrida plant, a crab apple tree that flowers in late March and early April when the Masters is played. The hole is a par three that requires a long iron and can often be made more challenging due to the somewhat deceptive wind patterns. However, the hole is also very straight and has only two sand bunkers, making the path to the green very straightforward.

There has only been one ace on the fourth hole in the history of the Masters. That hole in one was made by Jeff Sluman in 1992 and was a 213-yard hole in one made using a 4-iron.  

Hole No. 6: Juniper

The sixth hole on the Augusta National course, Juniper, is named for the native evergreen tree that grows along its edges, Juniperus virginiana. It is a par three hole with an elevated tee and a large, hilly green, which makes putting more challenging. The early stretch of the fairway is also narrow, with trees on either side, giving golfers a small target area. However, like the fourth hole, Juniper is fairly straight, and the elevated teeing area can give golfers a better vantage point as they shoot down to the green.

There have been six holes in one on the sixth hole of the Masters, that are:

  • 1954: Leland Gibson (Club: 4-iron, Length: 190 yards) and Billy Joe Patton* (Club: 5-iron, Length: 190 yards)
  • 1972: Charles Coody (Club: 5-iron, Length: 190 yards)
  • 2004: Chris DiMarco (Club: 5-iron, Length: 198 yards)
  • 2013: Jamie Donaldson (Club: 7-iron, Length: 177 yards)
  • 2021: Corey Conners (Club: 9-iron, Length: 182 yards)

* denotes amateur golfer

Hole No. 12: Golden Bell

Golden Bell, the twelfth hole at the Masters, is named for the Golden Bell shrub, Forsythia intermedia, which produces vibrant yellow flowers in March and April. The hole, a par three of 155 yards, is often considered an extremely challenging one, with changing winds that make selecting the right club very difficult. The presence of a large water hazard, Rae’s Creek, and three greenside bunkers make the hole immensely challenging. As a result, players often must land their first shots directly on the green, which by necessity makes holes in one more possible.

There have been three holes in one on the twelfth hole at the Masters, that are:

  • 1947: Claude Harmon (Club: 7-iron, Length: 155 yards)
  • 1959: William Hyndman* (Club: 6-iron, Length: 155 yards)
  • 1988: Curtis Strange (Club: 7-iron, Length: 155 yards)

*denotes amateur golfer

Hole No. 16: Redbud

The sixteenth hole on the Augusta National course, Redbud, has by far seen the most holes in one of any hole at the Masters Tournament, with 23 holes in one, three of which occurred all in one year, 2016. Named for the small tree Cercis canadensis, whose pink flowers bloom in March and April, it is a par three that takes place almost entirely over water, a long pond that leads up to a green surrounded by three bunkers. The hole design initially did not contain water, but the early design proved too easy for Masters competitors, which resulted in water being added and the green being shifted slightly to the right, changes made in 1947. Nevertheless, the hole’s straight distance provides an easy path to the green, so long as one can make it over the water, which may account for the large number of aces on the hole.

The 23 holes in one that have occurred on the sixteenth hole of the Masters are:

  • 1934: Ross Somerville* (Club: 7-iron, Length: 145 yards)
  • 1935: Willie Goggin (Club: 6-iron, Length: 145 yards)
  • 1940: Ray Billows* (Club: 8-iron, Length: 145 yards)
  • 1949: John Dawson* (Club: 4-iron, Length: 190 yards)
  • 1968: Clive Clark (Club: 2-iron, Length: 190 yards)
  • 1992: Corey Pavin (Club: 8-iron, Length: 140 yards)
  • 1996: Raymond Floyd (Club: 5-iron, Length: 182 yards) 
  • 2004: Padraig Harrington (Club: 6-iron, Length: 177 yards) and Kirk Triplett (Club: 6-iron, Length: 177 yards)
  • 2005: Trevor Immelman (Club: 7-iron, Length: 177 yards)
  • 2008: Ian Poulter (Club: 8-iron, Length: 169 yards)
  • 2010: Nathan Green (Club: 6-iron, Length: 176 yards) and Ryan Moore (Club: 7-iron, Length: 176 yards)
  • 2012: Adam Scott (Club: 7-iron, Length: 202 yards) and Bo Van Pelt (Club: 6-iron, Length: 202 yards)
  • 2016: Shane Lowry (Club: 8-iron, Length: 181 yards), Davis Love III (Club: 7-iron, Length: 181 yards), and Louis Oosthuizen (Club: 7-iron, Length: 181 yards)
  • 2017: Matt Kuchar (Club: 7-iron, Length: 180 yards)
  • 2018: Charley Hoffman (Club: 6-iron, Length: 178 yards)
  • 2019: Justin Thomas (Club: 8-iron, Length: 170 yards) and Bryson DeChambeau (Club: 7-iron, Length: 170 yards)
  • 2021: Tommy Fleetwood (Club: 7-iron, Length: 170 yards)

*denotes amateur golfer

FAQ

How many holes in one have there been at the Masters?

As of 2021, there have been 33 holes in one scored at the Masters. All of these 33 holes in one were scored on the fourth, sixth, twelfth, and sixteenth holes of the Augusta National Golf Course. There has been one hole in one on the fourth hole, six holes in one on the sixth hole, three holes in one on the twelfth hole, and 23 holes in one on the sixteenth hole.

Which hole at the Masters has had the most holes in one scored?

The sixteenth hole of the Masters, named Redbud, has had the most holes in one scored in the tournament’s history, with 23 holes in one. The sixteenth hole was originally designed similarly to the twelfth hole, Golden Bell, but was changed after competitors at the Masters found it too easy. The addition of a long pond made the hole more challenging, but it remains the hole with the most holes in one scored on it in the Masters Tournament.

Have any amateur golfers scored holes in one at the Masters?

Of the 33 holes in one scored at the Masters, five have been scored by amateur golfers. The five amateurs who have scored holes in one at the Masters, and the years and holes on which they scored them, are Billy Joe Patten (1954, Hole #6), William Hyndman (1959, Hole #12), Ross Somerville (1934, Hole #16), Ray Billows (1940, Hole #16), and John Dawson (1949, Hole #16).