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One ace is great, two is remarkable, but this is absurd.

Amateur John Russell has carded a staggering 12 holes-in-one throughout his golfing career, and it’s alright to be a bit jealous.

The 69-year-old Englishman is undoubtedly one of the game’s most fortunate players, and he brought up the remarkable feat with two in nine days recently.

Russell has also bagged seven aces at his home course, Isle of Wedmore, and has enjoyed a hole-in-one in each of Scotland and Wales, too.

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He told England Golf: “I got my first hole-in-one in 1977 at Shirehampton, where I’d been a member for 14 years to that point. I didn’t think I’d ever get another one.

“(Then) 42 years later, I was there playing for Wedmore in a friendly and when we got to the hole, I said to the two Shirehampton guys, ‘Believe it or not, I had my first hole-in-one here 40-odd years ago.’ One of them turned round and said, ‘I bet you can’t do it again!’ And guess what happened?”

Both of those came on the old third hole at the Bristol golf club, with his second in 2019 going down as Russell’s tenth.


The 11.8 handicapper, who turns 70 in December, had to wait 19 years to repeat the heroics after his first moment of jubilation.

It came at Oake Manor, near Taunton, in 1996, while his third followed soon after in the Home of Golf.

At Scotscraig, in Fife, Russell marked down an eagle on the 13th hole and had two more at home before going again in Wales.

St Pierre Golf Club in Chepstow was the next victim before three more Wedmore aces followed in the next five years.

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Four years on from hitting double figures, Russell’s fortune took another twist when he bagged a pair of aces in nine days.

The Draycott resident carded a hole-in-one on July 31 and August 9 and admits he won’t head to Ireland to complete the set.

Russell certainly increases his chances by playing three or four times a week all year, but his record still defies the incredibly slim odds.

The odds of a single hole-in-one for an amateur golfer are 12,500-1, while it is estimated that more than 90% of golfers will never make one in their lifetime.

John’s dynamic dozen

1. Shirehampton Park (old 3rd, now 13th) May 25, 1977
2. Oake Manor (6th) July 25, 1996
3. Scotscraig (13th) June 11, 1998
4. Isle of Wedmore (9th) May 16, 2005
5. Isle of Wedmore (9th) July 9, 2009
6. St Pierre (6th) August 29, 2011
7. Isle of Wedmore (11th) August 7, 2012
8. Isle of Wedmore (4th) April 25, 2015
9. Isle of Wedmore (9th) February 1, 2016
10. Shirehampton Park (old 3rd, now 13th) August 15, 2019
11. Isle of Wedmore (11th) July 31, 2023
12. Isle of Wedmore (9th) August 9, 2023

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