ATLANTA - Bobby Jones memorabilia in the clubhouse the historic East Lake Golf Club. Photo on 10/25/00. (JOEY IVANSCO/AJC).
Photo: Joey Ivansco/AJC staff
Photo: Joey Ivansco/AJC staff

Plaque marks Jones’ first hole-in-one

East Lake Golf Club is the home of Bobby Jones and the Atlanta course recently noted the location of the legendary golfer’s first hole-in-one.

Jones aced the No. 11 hole (now No. 2 for the Tour Championship) in 1927 at the age of 25. A plaque, set on a large rock, marks the tee box and notes that Jones required a hickory shafted 4-iron from 173 yards for the one.

The plaque also denotes Jones’ second hole-in-one, which came at Augusta National five years later.

Here is what the plaque says: 

Bobby Jones’ Hole-In-One 


“In 1927 Robert Tyre (Bobby) Jones, Jr made his first Hole-in-One on the Eleventh Hole at East Lake. It measured 173 yards. He used a hickory shafted No. 4 iron on that occasion. The second ace Jones made in his golfing career was accomplished on the Fourteeth hole of the Augusta Country Club on January 13, 1932. It measured 136 yards. He used a hickory shafted 4 iron on that occasion also. Bob Jones once quoted his friend Eugene Black: “No man has mastered golf until he has realized that his good shots are accidents and his bad shots good exercise.” The odds of making a Hole-in-One are calculated to be 1 in 13,600 for amateurs and 1 in 2,500 for professionals.

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