I was going to post this in the aces discussion below, but then said screw that, I'm starting my own thread.
Notched my first hole-in-one today -- a 6-iron on a hole that was playing about 155. It banked off one of several mounds located just off the fringe and took a right turn to the cup.
It certainly wasn't a pin-seeker from the get-go, but that was nearly impossible today. The north wind was absolutely howling (from left to right on that hole). I knew I had to start the ball left and keep it fairly low, and I executed on both counts, so I figure that at least partially mitigates the rebound aspect.
I got to watch it disappear, and that was a thrill. It was way too windy to hear contact with the pin, but it appeared as if the ball was still moving at a rather brisk pace when it disappeared. I'll never know whether the fact that the pin was leaning directly away from the ball's path due to the wind was an aid or not.
Odd thing is that hole was the site of the only previous hole-in-one I'd ever witnessed, and that was in 2001 -- shortly before I began my 11-year sabbatical from the game.
It's just the second eagle I've made. The other was an 8-foot putt on a par-5 sometime in the late '90s.
Glad to get this out of the way, as I know two guys who couldn't possibly break 100 on any type of regulation course who each have one. I'd never admit to it before, but that always kind of gnawed at me.