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Hole in One  

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  1. 1. Did/Would you buy the drinks after an ace?

    • Yes - I did/would buy a round for everyone in the clubhouse
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    • No - I didn't/wouldn't buy a round for everyone in the clubhouse
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If I got a hole in one at my home course, odds are the only people in the club house would be me, my playing partner, the pro shop manager, and a few seniors just hanging out, oh and a 13 year old golden retriever that loves to mooch off of people and get a chunk of somebody's sandwich. I'd have to buy non-alcoholic drinks anyways.... so it'd end up costing me like 8 bucks. Mountain Dews for everybody!

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Feel free to not buy the drinks, It's your choice.   But, insulting the golf gods typically doesn't work out too well.   They tend to be a spiteful group.  

Poll answer - No, not for the clubhouse. For my group, yes even if they're strangers.

This is a funny tradition. I would buy beer in multiples for myself and whoever I was with at the time - after we finished up. I would never feel obligated to buy anything for the entitled buzzards th

Originally Posted by Wansteadimp

It would be a huge social no-no not to buy the drinks at my club. At another private club I probably would.

A story from last week - A player with a reputation for having deep pockets and short arms makes a hole in one. Playing partner makes call to club house, club captain organises everyone he can contact to get down the club! Leading to a much bigger bar bill than anticipated.

chortle  , i see  you are  at Wanstead GC   , the guy i play with , his father in law is a member there , thought you might be him but hes a lefty

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Originally Posted by shockingslicer

chortle  , i see  you are  at Wanstead GC   , the guy i play with , his father in law is a member there , thought you might be him but hes a lefty

Nope not me, not many lefties at the club though.

One of the best players is "starring" in one of the The Only Way is Essex spin offs, it is truly awful.

Where do you play?

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Yes, yes and yes!  I had 3 and bought one drink for everyone each time.  The only time I was annoyed was when someone I didn’t know ordered a double.  I found that to be rude!  I couldn’t imagine skipping out... it’s always time to celebrate and some did buy me drinks and when others have one, I always send one over to them. 

Luckily the last HIO only ran me $111.  The first time was 7 times that.  

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4 aces. The first 2 were during the week, with only my playing partners, the club pro, and the bartender in the clubhouse at the end of the round. Bought drinks for them all. The other 2 aces are at the club I belong to now. Luckily, we have insurance. The proper procedure for us is to announce what day we are buying the drinks. We can limit as to what we type of beverages we will buy, so the current practice is a pitcher of beer per foursome, as well as soft drinks, iced tea, etc. The last ace I had, the insurance paid out $200, and the total bar bill, including tip was about $240.

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I just buy food/beverages for the group I was playing with when an ace luckily shows up. The rest of the club house can fend for themselves. 

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Its a tradition that still holds at my club and I have hole in one insurance tagged onto my cover for all things golf . Id be more than happy to buy the round if I were lucky enough to achieve the feat .

Ive been to some clubs where hole in one is marked by the player buying a bottle (normally brandy or Whisky) and leaving it on the bar with a few shot glasses . This seems a good compromise of marking the occasion and not having to sell the family silver to pay for it . 

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The last one I had cost me about $200.00. Fortunately their were only about 20-25 people in bar. Usually there is more than that. 

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The club i got two of my hole in ones at demanded you buy for the clubhouse if you get an ace. Which happened. But they had hole in one insurance for that kind of thing since the grill room at this club was usually very busy.  So it wasn't really a big deal. Personally, i think you should only buy for those who witnessed it, not the entire clubhouse. Which is what i did for the other ace ive had since ive been drinking age. 

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Every time I see this question I think "Maybe some day I'll find out what I'd actually do."

I think that buying drinks for your foursome is about all that's required, and even that's subject to your ability to afford it.

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My only hole in one was during men's league at my club.  Our tradition is to buy a keg the next week and it sits outside the pro shop before the round.  If I were to get a hole in one with my buddies, I would just buy for them and not the whole clubhouse.  

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I've never had one, BUT when I finally do have one I will buy for everyone in my group as well as all the guys I know who happen to be at the bar when I get finished. Guys I do not know personally can buy their own friggin drinks.

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I can't believe that the poll is leaning to "NO". I very much suspect Americans and Canadians must be meaner than the Brits. It is traditional that anyone who gets a whole in one buys everyone a drink in the club house. You can even get insurance to cover you for this. Honestly, it disgusts me that any golfer would choose to do otherwise 

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9 minutes ago, Mr Puddle said:

I can't believe that the poll is leaning to "NO". I very much suspect Americans and Canadians must be meaner than the Brits. It is traditional that anyone who gets a whole in one buys everyone a drink in the club house. You can even get insurance to cover you for this. Honestly, it disgusts me that any golfer would choose to do otherwise 

It disgusts you, really?

Suppose you're 20. Working part time, in school, work study program. You're invited to play at a club by your girlfriend's dad. You make an ace. You're elated. You're $50k in debt and making $8/hour work study as part of your financial aid, and there are 137 people in the clubhouse or grill room or whatever. You're staring down a bar tab of a thousand bucks, when you get by on $100 in food per month.

It would disgust you if that kid chose not to buy drinks for everyone in the club? That he didn't think to buy "hole in one insurance"?

C'mon man.

And I don't think it's a UK vs. US thing, either, but way to go all nationalistic.

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Any idea how many people can be in the club house on a given day?

We had an event Saturday and I'm guessing there was a solid 200 in the joint when we got done. Hold it to just beer and that's a $600 tab.

But, as others have said, the guys in my group would be an automatic.

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4 hours ago, iacas said:

Every time I see this question I think "Maybe some day I'll find out what I'd actually do."

I think that buying drinks for your foursome is about all that's required, and even that's subject to your ability to afford it.

I didn't know you didn't have one

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