Re: How many "ACES" do you have?
I have two.
The first was an 8-iron from 142 yds when I was 14 yrs old, about a year after I started playing golf seriously.
The second was even more interesting. It was the final hole of a 54-hole college tournament. The final 36 holes were played in one day, and both rounds were shotgun starts...why - I still don't know. Anyway, I had struggled to an ugly 79 (par 71) over the first 18, then was 6-over through 17 holes in the final round. I had started on the 18th hole, so my final hole was the 17th - a 200-yd par 3. The wind was at least 2-clubs at my back, so I pulled the 6-iron and hit it smooth. It hit on the front of the green, then released into the cup making a fairly large "whack" as it went in (it was still moving pretty good when it hit the stick!). What a nice way to finish an otherwise crappy round - knock it in the hole and walk off the course! Especially since I'd putted like a dog all day and now I didn't have to!!
What's funny is that while I was knocking the ball in the hole, our coach was on the adjacent hole (#16) watching my teammate finish up with a solid triple-bogey 7. Both missed all the festivities...
Anyway, it's been 10 years since my last. I'm still chasing my grandparents on my mom's side. Each of them had 6 HIO's! Both my grandma and my grandpa. Strangely, gramps never got to see one go in...always a hidden green surface or he was playing in fog or something.
Well, those are my HIO stories...hopefully there will be more to come. I haven't seemed to even sniff one recently.