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Longest Hole-in-One in History Recorded
Bret Melson, a student at the San Diego Golf Academy Hawaii Campus, has set a new world record for the longest straight-shot hole-in-one ever recorded. Melson aced the 448-yard, par-4 18th hole at the Ko’olau Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii. The course was recently deemed the third-hardest course in America by Golf Digest.
“I think every golfer dreams of acing a hole at least once in his or her lifetime, but never in my wildest dreams would I have thought about acing that particular par-4,” said Melton. “I knew the ball had reached the green, but when my friends and I got up there we couldn’t find it. We looked for 15 minutes and I was totally shocked to find it at the bottom of the cup.”
Melson’s ace is even more amazing as Ko’olau’s 18th is the top-rated hole on the course, which has a rating of 74.4 and a 158 slope from the gold tees. Ko’olau Golf Club, also the home track of the SDGA Hawaii Campus, features deep hardpan bunkers, sloping fairways, forced carries over ball-eating ravines and dense peripheral jungle along every hole. Needless to say, Melson is the first person ever to ace Ko’olau’s 18th hole.
Previously, the longest straight-shot hole-in-one in history was hit by Robert Mitera on October 7, 1965, at the Miracle Hills Golf Club in Omaha, Neb., where he used a driver to ace the 444-yard 10th hole.
“SDGA would like to recognize and congratulate Bret on his tremendous achievement,” said Rob Nelson, Campus Director of SDGA – Honolulu. “We wish Bret the best of luck in the future, although it appears he has plenty of that already.”