"Frequently Asked Questions"
(This page was updated on December 27, 2016)
1. What is a double eagle or an albatross?
A double eagle or an albatross are terms used in golf for a three-under-par score on any single hole. A golfer can only achieve this on par-4 and par-5 holes. On a par-5 hole a double eagle or an albatross is made by holing out from the fairway on the second shot. On a par-4 hole it is a hole-in-one. Both scores are very rare. The term used most often by golfers is double eagle. These two terms are interchangeable as they mean the same thing. The term albatross originated in Scotland.
2. Who scored the first double eagle or albatross?
Tom Morris, Jr., often referred to as Young Tom Morris, in the 1870 British Open Championship at the Prestwick Golf Club, Scotland.
3. Who scored the most double eagles in competition?
According to golf historians it was Murray Irwin “Moe” Norman who scored 9 in competition. Moe was a legend on the Canadian PGA Tour winning 55 Championships. Hole-In-One King Mancil Davis has scored 10 double eagles. Nine were on par-5s and one was on a par-4. Two of the par-5 double eagles were scored as a professional in competition.
4. What is the longest double eagle ever scored?
Golf professional Andy Bean scored a double eagle on the par-5, 663 yard, 18th hole during the Kapalua International on the Kapalua Plantation Course, Maui in 1991 making his the longest ever scored.
Amateur golfer Brett Stowkowy also double eagled the par-5, 663 yard, 18th hole on the Kapalua Plantation Course during casual play on May 26, 2010. He holed out from 227 yards! Andy and Brett share the record for the two longest double eagles ever recorded; Andy as a professional and Brett as an amateur.
Naval Officer Kevin Murray made a double eagle on the par-5, 647 yard, 2nd hole during casual play at the Guam Navy Golf Club in 1982.
5. What is the longest double eagle ever scored on a par-4?
In 1965 Robert Mitera got a double eagle on a 447 yard, par-4. In 2007, Bret Melson hit the new record in Oahu, Hawaii at 448 yards, beating the old record by just one yard.
6. How many women have scored double eagles?
There are 56 to date; 37 professional and 9 amateur women during tournament play and 9 amateur women during casual play. Dawn Coe-Jones and Sherri Turner, who play on the LPGA Legends Tour, have scored two double eagles each throughout their careers. Tiffany Joh has scored one double eagle as an amateur and one as a professional.
7. Who is the oldest living member of the Club?
Not really sure about this information; research for the answer is currently being done. The honor did go to the UCLA retired basketball coach, John Robert Wooden, who would have been 100 years young on October 14, 2010. He died on June 4, 2010. Coach Wooden scored a double eagle and a hole-in-one during the same round in 1939.
8. What age was the oldest person when they scored their double eagle?
On January 12, 2012, professional golfer, Bill "Speedy" Erfurth scored a double eagle while competing in the PGA Stroke Play Championship. Bill was 82. It came during the 3rd round, on the Wanamaker Course, at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie. He was playing the par-5, 460 yards, 16th hole. Bill won the 80 to 84 year old division of that tournament. He shot his age all three days with 79 - 72 - 75 for a final score of 226. "Speedy" is not only the oldest golfer to have scored a double eagle, he did it during tournament play, and went on to win the competition. That is truly achieving excellence!
9. What age was the youngest person when they scored their double eagle?
On January 20, 2014, seven year old Ben Kablach scored his double eagle while playing the U.S. Kids age appropriate yardage tees at the Heron Ridge Golf Club. It was a hole-in-one on the 181 yards par-4, 6th hole. Ben is an excellent golfer winning two U.S. Kids regional tournaments and finishing in the Top 20 in the U.S. Kids World Championship 6 year old division.
Ten year old Danish golfer Line Toft Hansen. She scored her double eagle on July 15, 2010 in a junior tournament at the Gilleleje Golf Club, Olsted, Denmark. It came on the par-5, 419 yard, 9th hole.
Eleven year Eddy Lai from San Jose, California scored his double eagle on August 7, 2010 during the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship at the Legacy Golf Links in Pinehurst, North Carolina. It took place on the par-5, 430 yard, 16th hole. His drive off the tee was 260 yards. Lai used a 4-hybrid from 170 yards to find the cup on his second shot. Eddy won the tournament by two strokes. It was the first double eagle in the 11-year history of the U.S. Kids Golf event.
Ethan N. Ray, also eleven, scored his double eagle on May 12, 2013 during the United States Junior Golf Tour tournament at the Wedgewood Golf Club in Olive Branch, Mississippi. He scored it on the 452 yards, par-5, 3rd hole.
Golf Historians have long cited Tommy Moore as being the youngest golfer to ever score a double eagle at age 13 in 1975.
A Guinness World Records submission states that James Blane, age 14, scored a double eagle, hole-in-one, on the par-4, 303 yards, 15th hole at Badgemore Park Golf Club, United Kingdom on July 6, 2007.
10. How many double eagles have been scored during tournament play?
There have been 686 since Tom Morris, Jr. scored his at the Open in 1870. There have been 294 scored by amateurs and 392 scored by professionals.
11. How many have been scored during casual play?
So far the research has yielded 1049 total during casual play; 32 by professionals and 1,017 by amateurs.
12. How many double eagles have been scored in a Major Championship?
Yes, there have been 5 scored during the LPGA Tour Majors, 14 scored during the PGA Tour Majors and 3 scored during the Champions Tour Majors.
13. Who scored the longest double eagle competing in a Major Championship?
That is Johnny Miller at 585 yards. He scored it during the 2nd round, on the 5th hole, in the 1972 British Open Championship at the Muirfield Golf Club. John said of his rare acomplishmennt, "the ground was super hard and I hit both shots as hard as possible."
14. Has anyone ever scored a double eagle in more than one Major?
Yes, Jeff Maggert scored a double eagle in the 1994 Masters and again in the 2001 British Open Championship making him the only player to have accomplished this feat.
15. How many golfers have scored more than one double eagle?
There are 40 golfers with multiple double eagles scored.
Amateurs Casual Play ~ 12, Amateurs Tournament ~ 3, Australian Tour - 2,
Japan Golf Tour ~ 2, LPGA Tour ~ 3, Women (various Tours) ~ 1, Nationwide Tour ~ 1,
PGA Tour ~ 5, Champions Tour ~ 9, European PGA Tour ~ 4,
Sunshine Tour ~ 2.
16. Has any golfer ever scored more than one double eagle during the same round of golf?
Yes, only one. While golfing at the Del Valle Country Club on August 30, 1964, amateur golfing legend, Norman Manley scored a double eagle on two consecutive holes in the same round of golf. Both were on par-4 holes. The first was on the par-4, 330 yard 7th hole and the second was on the par-4, 290 yard 8th hole.
17. Has any golfer ever scored a hole-in-one and a double eagle during the same round of golf?
Yes, there have been twelve so far. Coach John R. Wooden scored a double eagle and a hole-in-one on the front nine during one round on June 26, 1939 at the Erskine Park Golf Course in South Bend, Indiana. His hole-in-one was on the par-3, 149 yard, 6th hole and the double eagle came on the par-5, 505 yard, 16th. Coach Wooden is one of the ten golfers in history to have scored a double eagle and a hole-in-one during the same round of golf!
Female member, Paige James, scored a hole-in-one and a double eagle during a casual round on March 27, 2007 while playing at the Charlotte Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. The hole-in-one came on the par-3, third hole and the double eagle was on the par-5, thirteenth hole making Paige the only woman golfer to have ever accomplished this very rare feat!
In August of 2008, amateur golfer Curt Hocker scored a hole-in-one on his first hole and a double eagle on his 15th during the same round at the El Paso Golf Club in Bloomington, Illinois. Curt was playing from the Blue tees that day. Hole number one, a par-4, was 278 yards and the par-5 15th hole was 507 yards to the pin.
Professional golfer Nicholas Thompson accomplished this rare feat on October 24, 2009 while playing in the 3rd round of the Frys.com Open at the Greyhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. His double eagle came on the par-5, 572 yard 11th hole, when he knocked in a 3-wood from 261 yards. He got par on the 12th hole and scored a hole-in-one on the par-3, 230 yard, 13th hole with a 7-iron.
Amateur golfer, Kurt Weis, accomplished this one of a kind experience during a casual round of golf on June 5, 2010. It occured while playing on the Legend At Bristlecone Golf Course in Hartland, Wisconsin. The hole-in-one came on the par-3, 210 yard, 6th hole. The double eagle happened on the par-5, 423 yard, 11th hole.
Canadian amateur golfer, Michael Farquharson, bagged his double eagle and ace on June 8, 2011 during a casual round at the Quinelle Golf Club in Kemptville, Ontario, Canada. The double eagle came first on the par-5, 480 yard, 6th hole. His drive off the tee was 292 yards and he finished up the hole with his 7-iron from 188 yards out. Mhael's hole-in-one came an hour and a half and two holes later. He had to wait for a thunderstorm to blow over. From 154 yards on the number 8 par-3 hole, using his 8-iron he accomplished one of the rarest feats in golf... a double and a hole-in-one during the same round.
July 15, 2011, Chie Arimra, scored a double eagle and a hole-in-one while competing in the Stanley Ladies Golf Tournament, on the Japanesse LPGA Tour at the Tomei Country Club, Shizuoka, Japan. Her double eagle came on the 503 yards par-5, 8th hole and the hole-in-one was on the 135 yards par-3, 16th. She went on to win the tournament!
On July 21, 2011, Former Champions Tour professsional golfer Bob Dickson, age 67, made a double eagle at the par-5 second hole of the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass and a hole-in-one at the par-3 eigth hole on his way to a front-nine score of 7-under-par 29 and a final score of 6-under 66. One shot under his age!
On January 13, 2013, professional golfer Nikolai Wheeler, age 23, while playing a casual round at the Hilton Head Lakes Golf Course, Hardeeville, South Carolina, scored a double on the par-5, 520 yard, 7th hole and a hole-in-one on the par-3, 215 yard, 17th hole. His drive off the tee on the par-5 was 330 yards.
On his way to a round of a life time, Patrick Wills, scored three hole-in-ones. Two on par 4's, for double eagles, and one on a par 3. Patrick's exteremly rare accomplishment was on June 22, 2015, during the Solstice Survival Annual Golf Tournament at the Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia. His first double eagle was scored on the par 4, 289 yards, 7th hole, while his second came on the par 4, 334 yards, 10th hole. His par 3 ace was on the 187 yards, 14th. Wills had seven birdies, one eagle, and two double eagles for a score of fourteen under par, 57.
While playing a causal round with his family, on February 18, 2016, Jim McNiece, age 66, became the tenth golfer in recorded history to have scored both a hole-in-one and a double eagle during the same round. He did it while playing with his brothers Mike and Christopher and his sister Maryellen on the Chiricahua Course at the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. The hole-in-one came frist on the par-3, 131 yards, 14th hole. The double eagle was bagged on the par-5, 461 yards, 17th.
On April 24, 2016, 18 year old Cooper Cordova scored a hole-in-one and a double eagle while competing in the Ping Junior Interclub at the Randolph North Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona. The hole-in-one was scored on the par 3, 132 yards, 6th hole and the double eagle was on the 469 yards, par5, 9th hole. Cooper is a .1 handicap.
I am sure there are more. I just don’t know them… yet!
18. Has any golfer ever scored a double eagle during both casual and tournament play?
Yes, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, John Cook, Murray "Moe" Norman and Mancil Davis have all scored a double eagle in both casual and tournament play. Jack scored a double eagle during casual play when a teenager, also while competing on the PGA Tour and again on the Champions Tour making him the only player in the world to have done so.
19. Which Tour has the players with the most double eagles?
That would be the PGA Champions Tour with 79. The PGA Tour has 68 and the Eeuropean PGA Tour has 70. The LPGA Tour has 27.
20. How many amateurs have scored a double eagle?
To date 1275; 1230 men and 45 women.
21. How many were during tournament play?
Currently 273; 263 men and 10 women.
22. Has scoring a double eagle ever factored in on winning a tournament?
Yes. In 1935 Gene Sarazen’s double eagle on the 15th hole at the Augusta National Golf Club, during the final round, tied him with Craig Wood at the end of regulation play. The next day Gene went onto win the Masters in a 36 hole playoff. His “Shot Heard Round the World” propelled him to victory, and due to the news coverage of his accomplishment, both the game of golf and Augusta National, the Masters in particular, enjoyed new heights of popularity.
23. Have there ever been two double eagles scored during the same tournament?
Yes, it has happened six times. They are as follows:
1978 ~ Jim Nelford & Tommy Valentine in the Atlanta Classic on the PGA Tour.
1990 ~ Steve Pate & Jim Gallagher, Jr. in The International on the PGA Tour.
1999 ~ Joey Snyder III & Joel Edwards in the Omaha Classic on the Nike Tour.
2005 ~ Tim Petrovic & Tad Ridings in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic on the PGA Tour.
2007 ~ David Hearn & Zoran Zorkic in the Peek’n Peak Classic on the Nationwide Tour.
2013 ~ Billy McKenzie & Julian Taylor in the William Woods University Fall Invitational.
2015 ~ Daniel Berger & Zach Johnson in the Arnold Palmer Invitational
24. Have there ever been two golfers to each score a double eagle while playing together?
Yes. While playing a casual round together, on May 21, 1982, at the Pecan Valley Golf Course in Texas, Manuel Land and Louie Smith both scored a double on the same hole. This very rare event took place on the par-5, 525 yard 18th hole.
25. What does the "J.L." stand for in Club member J.L. Lewis's name?
The “J.L.” stands for John Lee… John Lee Lewis.
26. When and where did the Club founder score his double eagle?
He has never gotten one… He simply has a great passion for the game, which unfortunately does not contribute to lowering his handicap.