Three of our members aced a hole in one on the same hole on the same day in the height of the season last year – to defy odds greater than a lottery win.
Incredibly two hit consecutive holes in one just seconds apart on a remarkable day on the 15th hole at our historic, Oxford Golf Club, on Hilltop Road.
Michael Bidmead, 72, and Milos Bilic, 51, were competing in a ‘three-ball’ match when they both hit holes in one on the 201 yard par three hole.
Milos, a gardener, teed off first, and struck the ball with a six iron towards the pin, but because the green is in a dip, the golfers could not see how his ball ended up.
Michael, a retired kitchen surveyor, then struck a six iron straight at the flag and they walked up the fairway after the third player in their group had taken his shot.
They were surprised when they only saw one ball on the green – but dared not think “the impossible.”
But when they saw their two Callaway balls nestled in the hole their surprise turned to joy.
“I was buzzing,” said Milos, of Marston, who plays off a handicap of ten.
“It’s a bit of a blur, but we punched the air with delight, hugged and shook each others’ hands.
“Some guys on the next tee, who saw it, came over and congratulated us.
“I’ve been playing golf 18 years and it was my first hole in one. The following week I teed off on the 15th and ended up an inch away from the hole – it’ll probably be another 18 years before I hit lucky again!
“Someone told me the odds of two people getting a hole in one in a row are 176 million to one. It was the best shot I’ve ever played, but it’s luck really – I should have got a lottery ticket that week.”
Michael, who has a handicap of 7, added: “We both hit the ball well and knew we were close – but we didn’t expect to see both our ball in the hole.”
After completing their round the pair went into the club house to enjoy the golfing tradition of buying the drinks – only to discover Alan Green, 60, of Thame, had already been lining them up, having aced the same hole earlier in the day.
“The bar man couldn’t believe it when we walked in and told him,” said Michael, of Blackbird Leys.
“It’s tradition at Oxford Golf Club to buy a bottle of spirits if you get a hole in one and Alan had already got a bottle of whisky in by the time we arrived.”
Alan, a builder, who also used a six iron to tee off, said: “It was my first hole in one and I’ve been playing 38 years.
“I was delighted, a few of my friends have got holes in one and it is something you dream about, so it felt fantastic.
“When I went back to the club the following week I couldn’t believe it when some of the boys told me Michael and Milos had also aced the 15th!”
Alan, who has a handicap of 14, was playing in a competition and won a £250 Hugo Boss watch for his hole in one.
Milos got a bottle of port in and the party at the 19th Hole continued into the evening.
“We’re still waiting for Michael to buy his bottle, we won’t let him forget,” laughed Milos.
Remarkably, it was Michael’s tenth hole in one since he took up the game as a youngster in 1978.
“This one was probably the best one – it was brilliant to share that magical feeling with Milos.”
The trio have been the toast of the club, based two miles from the city centre, since their astonishing feat.
Stephen Nicholson, General Manager at the Oxford Golf Club, said: “It’s a really special achievement and the boys have rightly been the talk of the club.
“A hole in hole is what we all dream off, so to have three members achieve it on the same day and on the same hole will go down in folklore at Oxford Golf Club.”