Rare Double-Eagle for Player at Hiddenbrooke
January 17, 2019
Steve Schramm, a member of Sir Branch 8, finished 2018 in style. Playing at Hiddenbrooke GC in Vallejo on Dec. 30, Schramm scored a rare double-eagle on the par-5 12th hole. The Double Eagle Club, which touts itself online as, “the worldwide registry for double eagles scored,” states the odds of an albatross are an estimated 6 million to 1.
Dean Knuth, who was senior director of the handicap department at the USGA from 1981 to 1997, once calculated that they’re lower than that but still great, about a million-to-one shot.
That makes your chances 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 (1 in 350 million) or dying from a dog bite (one in 18 million) but worse than being struck by lightning (one in 555,000) or, for a woman, having quadruplets without the aid of fertility drugs (one in 729,000).
“They’re definitely far more rare than aces,” said Knuth in a Golf Digest article. “Someone has to hit two great shots. You have to have length and ability. Only a small percentage of golfers, less than 10 percent, ever reach a par 5 in two. That means 90 percent of golfers don’t have a chance of making one.”